Custom Airbrushing – How to Get Started

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Airbrushing is the perfect way to create any type of artwork. From t-shirts to wall art, this method is easy to use and you’ll be on your way to creating something unique in no time. However, before you begin, it’s important to learn a few tips.

Inspire Airbrush Micron CM brush

There are a number of good custom airbrushing on the market and I thought I’d compare them. For starters, we’ll take a look at the Iwata Custom Micron CM brush.

The Iwata Custom Micron is one of the most expensive airbrushes on the market, but it does have a few advantages. First, it has a built-in airbrush holder. Next, it’s designed for use with low-air-consumption airbrushes. It also has a pressure adjustment knob and a three-meter (10-foot) coiled vinyl hose.

Harder & Steenbeck is a relatively new manufacturer on the airbrush market, but they’ve already earned a place among the modeling community. Their airbrushes are priced lower than Iwata’s, but they still provide all the features and performance of an Iwata. This includes the MAC valve, fPc valve and a nice airbrush holder. They even sell their airbrushes in the U.S. as well as in Europe.

Badger’s Renegade series airbrushes have been around for a while. However, they’ve been revised a bit. Not only have they added a new paint delivery system, they’ve also redesigned the trigger a bit. That means they can be adjusted to a specific paint load. You can also opt for a single-action airbrush instead of a double-action airbrush.

Heat set into the fabric

Using a heat press to heat set custom paint on your shirts and tees is a rite of passage for many a custom dresser and is not a bad idea, especially if you can use your creativity to the max. Of course, you should be aware of the many types of fabric, and a heat press is more than a mere ironing board, if you have one at home. It is a good idea to read the instruction manual to ensure you’re on the right track.

The best place to start is with the most practical heat setting method, which is to apply a coat of clear acrylic to your chosen shirt of choice. Once the coat has dried, wash it in cold water with a mild detergent. If you have the means to spare, you can consider a more formal approach, such as using a professional conveyor for a fraction of the time. While this method isn’t for everyone, it can be quite effective, and the end product looks as if it was designed by an expert.

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