Airbrush Gallery

Windale Studios
Airbrushing Techniques
by Zebe
A close up of the finished
product--after the clear coat
has been applied.  Can you
see me taking the picture?
For me, all painting is somewhat messy.  
Airbrushing has particular preparations and
safety measures.
I use masking film that you can order or
purchase from art supply stores.  Texas Art is a
good place to search first in the Houston area.  
A special stretchy masking film is great for
automotive projects.

First, I draw or paint my original painting, then
trace it off on tracing paper.  I like to buy the
huge rolls of tracing paper from the drafting
sections of office or art supply stores.
I usually use Auto-Air Colors for automotive
painting, and Createx for regular airbrush
work.  I've also used inks for some paper art

In the next picture, you can observe my set up.  
I've recycled a discarded cardboard box for my
airbrush area--and especially handy to protect
other parts of my studio.
Do you see my original pastel sketch on the
easel in the background?  Also, my oil palette is
in view--but not used for this project.  
(Cautionary note:  never use fine art oil paints
on automotive airbrush paintings).
Also, the rest of the motorcycle gas tank is
masked off with paper to prevent any over

I cut the pieces of the flower out of the masking
paper--one section at a time with a hobby
cutting blade, airbrushed the section, let it dry
for a moment, then replaced the masking film.

Below is a close up of the flower with several
layers of spray--no branches, leaves, or detail.  

After I painted the flower, I replaced
the masking film over the flower, then
repeated the procedure with the
leaves and branches.
All that's left are the tiny details.
Below is the finished picture before the
clear coat is applied.
All pictures copyrighted by Windale Studios
Zebe (Liz) Pearsall  2007

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to paint an eagle on a gas tank
and other pictures and notes!
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