What is required to have a complete airbrushing space setup and detailing what equipment you need, with some examples of different airbrush spaces and what people work with.
There are four main requirements in order to be able to airbrush:
- An airbrush
- somewhere to do it
The biggest factor here is setting up the space. You only need a space that’s big enough to fit whatever you are going to paint & your compressor.
You can keep your paints and the rest of your materials somewhere close by.
It’s extremely important to have a space as this is what will keep you airbrushing. You may have all of the equipment, but if you can’t have everything set up within 1 minute, then don’t bother.
It will only be weeks before it’s too much of a hassle. Make sure you have an ‘airbrush ready’ set up.
The most important things for your space are:
- good lighting
- adequate ventilation
Even though you’ll probably be painting with water based paints, these still aren’t healthy to be breathing into your lungs.
Remember, anything that you breathe into your lungs besides clean air is bad for your health.
Either set up your space close to a window, or try to set up some sort of extraction fan that runs into a box with a filter. These don’t have to be high tech – and most of the materials can be purchased from major retailers such as K-mart.
Through experience I have found that fluorescent lighting is the best to work with.
It seems to show artwork colors more accurately and doesn’t cast as big a shadow as directional lights.
A 36W fluorescent light would be perfect for your space.
To improve lighting within your area it is an advantage to have it painted a lighter color for better reflection.. This really isn’t that important though – you’ll know whether you can see your artworks or not.
Set up a clean space!
You want somewhere that’s nice to be in! The better the atmosphere, the better you feel, the easier it is to stay there.
Grab vanilla essence, incense, candles and any other items that a 1970’s hippy would have used to help a place smell nice.
Put these in your space.
Add music & perhaps a couple of your artworks or anything that inspires you.
For the sake of not boring you to death reading about paints it’s probably easier that I simply give a strong recommendation to go for a trusted water based paint such as ‘Createx’.
I’ve found createx to be very versatile – with many different applications – and more importantly it flows smoothly through the airbrush.
Now I find compressors even less exciting than paints – so we’ll keep this extra short.
If it’s within your budget then I would definitely recommend going for a silent compressor.
You would require a minimum 2 gallon tank to keep a nice, steady airflow, without putting strain on your compressor.
If this is not an option then I’d recommend going for a typical 2.5hp compressor/ 10 Gallon tank assembly.
This is your everyday run of the mill garage compressor which can easily be purchased at any good hardware retailer for an extremely affordable price.
The last thing you need is something to place your artworks on – whether you’re taping your artworks to a wall or a piece of wood held up by an easel – make sure it’s strong and sturdy. You don’t want your artworks to move around.
If your space is set up, turn on the radio, put up your paper and start watching atomised paint appear from the tip of your airbrush!
If you are unsure about where to begin – start with ‘part 1’ of the airbrush tutor series airbrush video tutorials.