How to Choose the
Appropriate Airbrush Paint
When it comes to airbrush paint what kind of options are out there for you to choose? The first thing to consider is what kind of media you want to paint on. Different types of paint will work better on different surfaces. The next thing to consider is your personal experience level with using an airbrush.
The main types of paint that you have available to you are:
- AcrylicsWater ColorsOil PaintsGouache
- Sign Paint
Each type of paint will performdifferently in certain situations.
For the Beginner Airbrush Artist
For beginners I suggest water colors or acrylics because they are easiest to work with and not as toxic as oil or sign paints. Always make sure to read the instructions and warnings that come with any paint that you use. I've met more than a few artists who did not follow the warnings and now have some pretty serious health problems because of it.
Gouache may also be a little difficult for beginners to use because it is not as easy to paint transparently, so mixing colors together easily can be an issue.
I suggest you do a little more background research into the types of airbrush paint before buying one, especially if it is your first time. The more you learn about airbrushing and the different types of paint that are available, the better prepared you will be for choosing the right type to meet your needs.
As you start to explore the different options available you'll realize that there are paints designed for the new airbrush painters or hobbyists and those that are created for the more advanced users. There are also many types that fall in between this range. You need to choose the one that best meets your experience and capabilities.
What kind of Airbrush do you Have?
Another thing to consider is the type of airbrush you are using and what surface you will be painting on. This can affect the type of paint you will want to select to do the job. You need to know the type you are using and what type of paint is best compatible with the type of airbrush you are using.
What are you Creating?
You also need to know what you will be using the paint for. What is the type of artwork you will be doing? What subject matter will you be painting? When you know what your job is and what you are doing, it will help you choose the right paint for the occasion and also the right color. Obviously this gets easier with experience, so if you are just new to airbrushing don't worry about this too much. These kind of decisions are very intuitive and as you become more familiar with the media you'll know what paint is the best for which situation.
When you follow these simple guidelines, you will able to choose airbrush paint that works for you and your needs and helps you create fabulous artistic pieces to share with others. Have fun painting!
Airbrush kits are a great way to get started if you're ready to get going in the world of airbrush art. Whether you want to create cool t-shirts or paint some cool designs on your car you can really get everything you need all contained on one nice little package. From the compressor to the gun and paints, the packages that are available are totally complete.
You can even get beginner kits that have t-shirts, stencils and an instructional DVD on how to use the equipment and create awesome artwork. This is a great way to learn how to use an airbrush in the comfort of your own home or studio and make fabulous and creative art and designs.
There are different kits available to suit most every need and skill level; all you have to do is find the one that is right for you. If you've used an airbrush at school or work, or even if you've never used one before there are airbrush kits out there to perfectly suit your needs.
Here's a look at what kind of goodies are included with a beginner's airbrush kit available online right now:
- A Badger Model 175-7 Anthem Crescendo Airbrush with 3 nozzles
- A Badger 180-10 Whirlwind Compressor
- 18 AirTex colors
- 6 Neon Fabric colors
- Pre-made stencils
- A jar with adapter
- 2 additional jars with covers
- A braided air hose with varying air source fitting
- A ¼ oz color cup
- AirTex cleaner
- A stencil knife
- An airbrush holder
- An XL adult T-shirt
- A large children's T-shirt
- 15 fast blast adapters
- An instructional DVD
Here's some more info to help you choose the kit that's right for you...
Some airbrushes are single action and some are duel action. Basically what this means is that the single action brush has only one trigger that is depressed to release a certain amount of fluid (paint) to be sprayed. If you need to regulate the amount of fluid that is sprayed, you need to do so with an adjustment screw that is at the back of the handle.
Dual action brushes have two triggers, one that allows for the air and another that allows for the color. These are usually slightly more expensive. However, many artists prefer them because they allow you to change the range of value, the opacity of the paint without stopping to adjust the airbrush gun. You can even adjust the width of the line on the fly. They are great for all artists and almost a necessity for the pro airbrush artist.
Many airbrushes can cost $50-60 and up but you can get a great deal when you buy airbrush kits and get the airbrush as well as paint and many other great accessories that you need to completing a nice airbrush art piece. If you do not have a craft or art supply store near you to purchase a kit from, there are many great airbrush kits online that you can easily order.