“The most important thing i’d recommend is to keep your air compressed, keep the air on at all times! This means whenever your finger is on the trigger, whether you’re pulling back for paint or not the air should be on. This helps avoid tip dry while not airbrushing and avoids splatters when you begin laying ink onto the artwork.
Another newbie tip if you have covered the above would be to always step back from your artwork – every ten minutes or so. We see things from a distance, yet we paint things up very close, so it makes sense to also have a pause, step back and make sure you’re doing it right from the most common viewing distance.”
Mitch runs a fantastic site over at the Airbrustutor.com
You can make gorgeous planets using spray paint art techniques. Here’s how….
You will need white, black, and a few other colors if desired. Have something circular like a plate, bowl or lid to mask your shape. You will also need a sheet of newspaper or a plastic bag to make your texture.
Place your lid on your paper or canvas and spray a color very lightly around it so you know exactly where your planet is going to live.
Spray white on the top half and add your colors gradually in overlapping layers as you go towards the bottom of your planet. Finally spray the black on the bottom third of the planet. Crinkle up your newspaper or plastic bag in your hands. Then brush it over your layered paints. You will create a beautiful random texture.
If you want the texture to be more complex, add a little white over the top and pass a clean newspaper or plastic over your colors again. Do this as many times as desired. Finish up with a little extra white on the very top and a gradual black shadow over the bottom half.
When you are happy with it, cover it up with your bowl and spray black all around it. You can add some stars by putting some white paint on a palette knive and shaking it over your planet.
Then take off your plate…and magic! A planet.
Have a look:
This is only the beginning! There are so many spray paint art techniques that can be adapted for use with an airbrush. You can get a free lesson at www.airbrushpaintingsecrets.com
“The airbrush can be a frustrating tool to learn. Many people give up once they are confronted with their first clog. Learn the airbrush inside out. Learn how to take it apart, and clean it appropriately. Make sure your compressor puts out enough air (at least 25psi) to clean out gunk easily. Better yet, if you can master using the airbrush while it’s clogged, you are all set! Whatever you do, don’t give up! It’s like riding a bike. Once you got it, you got it!”
Buy or make yourself a great cleanup station. While this is not the first thing that most new airbrushes would like to do, it will save you time, money, and effort in the long run. Go ahead and make yourself one, and focus on the other things that you want to.