Thursday, 18 June 2015

Ever Wondered about AirBrushes?

Because you are reading this blog, you are probably into crafts of some sort, and possibly painting but most likely you are into either card making or scrap booking.

If that is the case, you also most likely spend a fair amount of money and time buying coloured or patterned card for your hobby.

Perhaps you also like stamping but have you ever considered making your own coloured card?  I can almost here a collective of shaking heads. "No way, not me. Don't have an artistic bone in my body!'

Of course, that is complete nonsense, you do, or you wouldn't be doing all this in the first place! It may be true that you are no Monet but that doesn't mean you can't be capable - especially when it comes to abstract backgrounds or gradient colours. Even some of the  'great' masters works wouldn't be given house room with me, I'd rather have my own art,

than a Picasso with lady bits in odd places.

So that brings me to the air brush. Maybe you have seen artists using them in malls, painting T-shirts  or bakers using them on iced cakes. Perhaps you think it must take years of practice to use one. Well, I'll let you into a secret. It doesn't. OK, if you want to do portraits or magnificent scenes, or artwork on motorbike tanks, you are going to have a steep learning curve and it will take a while to get good results. But, if all you want to do is paint card to cut up, then no it won't.

Maybe you have seen videos of air brush artists and believe it is hard to keep them clean and functioning. That can be true but does not have to be. Let me explain.

Most air brush artists are using some kind of acrylic paint. If you have ever used acrylic, you will know how fast it dries. An airbrush takes paint, adds air and shoots it out around a very fine needle. The combination of air and ACRYLIC paint can cause blockages because it dries so fast.
However, if you use watercolour inks or even liquid food colouring or other inks that do not have particles of solids in the same way, then clean up becomes a breeze. Most of the time you can just shoot out the last of the colour and run it through with plain water. Job done.

This sort of thing is easily achievable, even by a novice. Add stencils into the mix and use household objects imaginatively and the world is your oyster. Or maybe your canvas.

So what is the equipment like?

Well, here is the' brush'. Note a distinct lack of bristles. For all you fellow techies out there, it is smooth and shiny...:)

And here is the air compressor - small enough to fit in a shoe box. Very quiet too.

Have I piqued your interest? Hmm? Just a little bit?

You don't have to get a high quality airbrush (although  my Iwata is lovely) if you are only intending to play with it. But, if you like air brushing you will probably want to trade up to a nice one.

Regarding  inks/paints - one single drop of ink can do a small graduation. That's right, one drop. So not exactly high usage. I bought loads of eye dropper bottles to mix my own shades in, but you can add, drop by drop to the brush cup to change colours. I'll try and do a quick video soon, of me using the airbrush, so you can see how quick and easy it is.

Most of all though, it is FUN, and that is what crafting is all about, having a great time in our spare time.

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