Thursday, March 26, 2009

Copic Airbrushing

Hi everyone;
As promised, here is a little something on using copic markers to airbrush with. Sorry it's a little late--I got Strep last week and it knocked me out.

You can do the airbrushing using a special made aerosol can full of air, but I use a mini-air compressor made for traditional airbrushing. It's fairly small and pretty quiet. It fits nicely on the floor next to my desk. Here is what it looks like:
To hook up to the compressor you need an adapter and the airbrush which comes in a kit made by copic, called ABS3, here is a photo of the kit:

You simply screw the can onto the airbrush on one end and attach to the air-hose of the compressor on the other end. Then the markers slide into the brush like so:

Flip on your compressor and you are ready to go. Here is a page from my journal--the background was done using copics and some stencils. Sorry the picture is a little blurry, my journal is a little thick and my scanner does not like it. Take a look at the diamonds on the bottom of the LH page--they are wood that I sprayed with the copics.

One of the things to bear in mind when working with the markers is that the color is less intense when sprayed then when you are drawing with them. Take a look at this sample:

I used the same red and green for the background and the doodles/text. It looks really different doesn't it? I keep thinking I need to create a color chart with the colors airbrushed to go along with my hand-colored color chart!

Since the markers can go on just about any surface, the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to airbrushing--plastic, metal, paper, wood, you name it! Ahh, I really do love these markers!


Anonymous said...

I like the picture
pci compliance

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

So what exactly do you say??? hmm?

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Really cute. I love your lettering.