Airbrush painting 5 (tips & tricks) – Thinning paint for airbrushing

Welcome, everyone. This is my beginner's airbrush tutorial. It goes along with my master grade airbrush painting tutorials. And if you haven't done it already, please take a look at the playlist. You can see I have an intro video to this  explaining the so-called concept and what I plan to do with this beginning series. And indeed you can also have a look at my master grade airbrush painting series at the same time.

In these first few videos we talk about some pretty basic and perhaps boring things. Now please bear with me. I am gonna get progressively and more in-depth in terms of the whole airbrush setup, airbrush accessories, paints, compressors you know and all that kind of stuff.

So if you are purely interested in the painting of these sorts of things, like I said, head over to the master grade. As you go, you'll see more of the.. more of these kinds of things here. I'm probably gonna keep this intro for the first few parts. So, if you watch it next time, please feel free to fast forward to this point.

OK, let's move on. Ok, so, this is how I mix my own paints then. I'll get a standard model paint, whatever brand you want to use. But if you don't get one specifically made for airbrushes, then it would be waited here for you to start with. So this is the other reason why I do this. Because I absolutely hate mixing thinning paint on the fly. So I only thin this down a little bit. But it's no way near thin enough to use an airbrush to give you an idea. So let's pour it out to this pan. Normally I would skip this. I don't know if you do this. But this is literally just to show you guys what kind of consistency we're after. So I'm just to pour that in like so.

And really, that is much much too thick already. So in this case, it's getting away. We are going to use a bit water in this one. So I'm really just.  I can say I don't normally bother doing this. But I'm just doing this so you can see on camera. And that is a little bit more how it should be.

And I know this is gold paint, gold paint looks a little bit funny with the bubbling at the top and that a bit. That's the way the gold paint actually comes up above. But anyway, the more you stir it, the more you get that sheen on the top.

So, to give you an idea. I found I just got some tissue paper. This is actually how it looks when you let it settle. Oops, excuse me. Now in camera. So as you can see, that you know the gold paint does actually do its job, even though it doesn't quite look so in this dish.

So uh.. All right. Excuse me. Just the camera makes this tricky. So really, it's just a case of the pouring in. And this is actually trickier than it looks. So again, like I said. I only use this dish to show you on camera. And as you can see the balm is getting a little bit thicker than it needs to be. But I'll show you how I do that in a little bit. Because it's not quite done yet. That gives you an idea of the... I'll show you by holding it up.. That gives you an idea of what the paint is actually like.

So, let's carry on with the rest. And that even that is a little bit too thick still. So.. But let's just pour in. We'll deal with it. Excuse me, not in camera shot. And we'll deal with it in a bit. So anyway, you get the idea. I'm going to fast forward now and I'll meet you very shortly with the goldish paint tidied up.

All right. So, now I got all the paint decanted into the drop of the bottle. A custom drop of bottle. I've already thinned it out with the correct amount of water that I like. And really how it should be is like this. So uh as you can see, it's very runny now. I don't know if you can see it well enough from the lights. But it kind of runs a lot, but it still sticks to the side. So what I do now is.. now you see when you get come to use it. I only use it because it's convenient. Now it's a drop of bottle instead of this.

But you can also shake it up as much as you please without it going everywhere. And I can say I know I use this dish just to show you guys some of the consistency of how the paint comes out and all that. Really I don't normally use that.  And once you have been doing this for a while you get a feel of how thin the paint should be. We're already inside one of these, so just by shaking it I can tell, you know if it's a bit too thick or a bit too thin. You just get, you just get a feel of how it flows basically and indeed you can see how it sticks to the wall and slowly drips back and pulls back together.

And you know all of that tells you how thick your paint needs to be. So that just takes a while to work out... work that out for yourself. But once you do, it makes airbrushing a lot easier. So there you go.

That's my tip for how to make your own drop of bottles. And you know similar to the one here. Except more or less double the size so that they last longer. Now you can mix as much as nay paint that you want. Whatever shade you want. And keep them ready for use, ready for use for next time. So uh.. By the way, before I leave you guys, the kind of paints I tend to use are acrylics. So in all of these, I tend to use acrylic paints, mixed down with, uh, thinned down with phenol or standard isopropyl alcohol.

However there a few other tools I normally use which preserves the life of these. But I'll only explain that in another video. So in the next video, perhaps I'll go into things like the use of drying retarders and I also have a fluid, uh, what's the word.. It's... It's like an agent that makes... makes the paint more fluid. And I can't think of the word right now. And also things like adding gloss to make it look like a transparent paint. But I'll get into all of that in another video. So I look forward to seeing you then. Once again if you like this video, please press like and subscribe and I'll see you shortly. Ok, thank you very much.


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