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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Calibur454, Apr 19, 2017.


  1. Calibur454

    Calibur454 Young Tutorling

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    was wondering if anyone ever used Strathmore Mixed Media Board for airbrush work. what are your favorite papers to use in airbrush?
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    Lol I just asked this same question about a week ago. I seemed to get good results with it.
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    About like asking what airbrush you like best or paints you use most . You will get many different answers.
    But I paint on anything and everything from papers to metal , If it will hold paint I have gave it a go.
    Mainly you have to find what works for you and the paints you use and the way you paint .
    What works great for some does not work well for others.
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    I would stick with a hot press paper because they will allow you to do some scratching and erasing. I have been using. Crescent Airbrush board that has been discontinued and plan on trying their 205.3 if I can find it. I have used Bristol Strathmore 100 lbs paper for practice for years. I am also tempted to try Archers 140 pound hot press Watercolor Paper. I am not sure if anyone has tried that paper here.


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    I try to avoid papers.
    But my favorites when its not automotive.
    Homemade gessoboard. By far.. but im lazy.
    Watercolor canvas board and watercolor canvas has been a pretty good all around surface. At less cost than many papers.

    I did a lot of work on posterboard and bristol board when starting
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    If it works for you thats all that matters really.But the more things you paint on the better you get because every piece of paper,canvas, board,metal, fiberglass,plastic, and even glass all take paint differently so it gives you a better understanding of the
    Paint and how it reacts to them.
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    Umm... what is homemade gessoboard?
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    Homemade gesso board is when you take a piece of mdf, hdf or similar timber(engineered timbers are usually nice and true/level and reasonably priced).
    1. Cut it to size
    2. Clean and prime with suitable primer/sealer - house hold acrylic paints for plasterboard and timber are fine.
    3. Apply artist gesso with trowel/ brush/ spray gun - multiple coats, amount of coats will depend on application method. Spray gun will give you the smootist result. Cheap gesso can be found at most cheap dollar shops.
    4. Sand with 800p - 1000p sand paper

    Now you have homemade gesso board
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    To be even more specefic..

    8 bucks a 4x8 sheet of hardboard at lowes.
    Then i put a coat of pva primer (at lowes also)
    Then i apply a couple of coats of gesso and sand. Makes a very smooth durable flat surface. It can be erased on. Scratched on and even use windex or alchohol for texture effects.

    I have also bought premade gessoboard and occasionally buy it cradled. But i have found the surface i make is of higher quality than the premade ones.

    But theres the cool thing about airbrushing.. Almost anything can be painted.
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    I found birch plywood to be cheaper and it is Archival. Cut the size and Gessoed right on the plywood after all gesso is a primer. Gesso is more absorbent than hot pressed Illustration Board, so light layers are needed and scratching with a scalpel or Exacto blade is more effective than erasing. Not that erasing can't be done. Comart and E'Tac EFX are the easiest to work with on Gessoed board. I tried Createx Illustration paint on Gessoed board and found it yaw almost impossible to erase and scratching was more tedious. If you are just starting out and doing just practice the get a news print pad and start there when you feel you want to really get into a painting decide wether you want to do textiles, illustration or automotive and then choose from there. If textiles then I would get Pellon squares for practice and some cotton t-shirts for when ready. If automotive then get some aluminum panels or some scrap metal from a custom auto place that installs sunroofs and ask if they have some of the cut outs. If illustration then I would look into the ideas already talked about. Find what you enjoy the most and go from there.


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    I basically want to just do art work- nothing automotive or anything like that. no t-shirts. I want to use some kind of paper or bristol board for both portrait work and fantasy style art work- I want to get into freelance work and try to sell my work at companies like Wizard of the coast. maybe even someday have an exhibition of some of my work if it ever gets popular enough. so yeah just plain and simple for me. paper that can be airbrushed and then stored in the ITOYA portfolios . In a size like 11 by 17 or 18 by 24
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    The only paper that I've tried and liked, is photo paper that you use for printing photos at home - it's gloss so if you aren't used to that surface may take a little adjusting to - but its pretty cheap. And schoellershammer 4G, which also comes as a board, but the paper is the same surface without the board part.

    Lots of people like Yupo, a synthetic paper - I didn't really get along too well with it, and Blair paper, which I haven't tried.
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    I would definitely try some hot pressed Watercolor paper like Arches or Canson. Bristol is good but it is cold pressed so it doesn't like erasing and can be challenging to get good crisp edges. The Synthetic Paper is good, but you really need to know how to work on it delicately and the top coat it for protection. I prefer the hot press illustration board because it is inexpensive with rigidity and accepts the paint a bit better than synthetic paper. I think this would be closer to what you want to do.


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    I've got hot press Arches and Fabriano and they do not like erasing at all. Being hot press they still have some texture to them and it catches fine overspray. All the Bristol paper I have are super smooth which indicates it is hot pressed. They take erasing but not scratching. I can even use frisket on them.
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    Good to know. Have you tried a scratch brush on them. I will most likely find a place to buy Crescent 205.3 or I will find a way to save and buy Dru's synthetic. I prefer the E'Tac EFX on the illustration board and Createx IP on Dru's paper.


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    Scratch brush/pen will destroy the watercolour papers. It's go too much tooth for that.
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    Dck Blick sells 205 in 20x30 stock #13412-1103 . the 205.3 is a 15x20 and the 20x30 is 205.6 and just plain 205 is 30x40.
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    could an artist stylus work for scratching on bristol board. one of those pen like devices with little balls on the the tip or maybe even some some blending stumps?
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    No. It is not the device but the surface.
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    I most likely will be ordering from reproductive organ Blick's when my local shop runs out of the 218 that I have now. The had 6 double packs at $5.35 on clearance. If I had $40 I would go an buy out what's left. Alas I am flat busted right now. April and May are too jam packed with birthdays, Mother's Day and my anniversary. It may be a while till I can buy more.


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