Volume 11, Number 3, September 2009

Published six times a year by The Paschal Group, Inc.
Publisher: Robert Paschal
Editor: Jeanne Paschal
Also see — The Newsletter for Visual Artists

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OK – It’s Time for
Wacky Airbrush Fun!

By Janean Thompson
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Fire up your airbrush – we are going to do something really wild this issue. It’s time to use our airbrush for more than the customary art applications. With the beginning of a new school year, students are often looking for new ways to express themselves. Here’s one idea: Do your own hair highlights, courtesy of some acrylic airbrush color and your favorite airbrush. It’s easy; it washes out with your next shampoo and offers a huge array of color/application options.

Since my age prohibits the use of super wild colors, the examples you see will be far more subdued than you might want for your look. I simply added a larger stripe of white/gray! I think personal expression is at an all time high as far as unique, individual choices. Extreme hair styles and clothing ensembles are everywhere. So why not create a personal look that will catch attention and show your style. Tomorrow I might try gold – or black?

This might also be a great project for a group of friends to do together. It might be a bit easier to have someone do your hair, rather than trying to do it alone. There is some difficulty in proper alignment and application.


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Gather the materials you will need:

An airbrush and air source (single action or double – whatever you are accustomed to using) – I love my trusted Iwata Revolution HP-CR 4500 and my Iwata Studio Series Smart Jet! They never let me down and the cup on the CR 4500 is quickly emptied for a new color.

Airbrush acrylics (Metallics give added shimmer and sparkle and are really great for party prep.)

Particle mask and eye protection – especially if you are applying color to your own hair (Remember that much of the paint emitted from the airbrush becomes airborne and is dangerous to inhale.)

Card stock or other rigid material to act as masks/resists and to control the placement of the color.

Cleanup materials.

Photo 1:  Create a mask to help control the application of color.

As a start-up exercise, the first application will be creating a single streak of color that will contrast and show really well on the natural hair color (or unnatural hair color for that matter). Cut a small slit in the center of a sheet of common card stock or other heavy paper/cardboard. The object is to slip a bit of hair through the slit, using the cardstock as a block. (Photo 1) It will prevent the application from going where it is not wanted.


Select a section of hair – say along the side of the head – and collect it into your fingertips. Work this section of hair through the opening in the cardstock. (Photo 2) Gently pull the hair tightly through the slit, getting as close to the roots as possible. This will ensure coverage from near the roots to the tip (if that is what you desire).


Photo 2:  Pull a section of hair through the opening in the mask – ready for color!

Photo 3:  A gradual buildup of color tone is essential to prevent stiffness. Photo 4:  Brush or comb through the applied area to soften.

Very softly/lightly apply your choice of color to the hair that shows through the slit. Application of a heavy coating will not look natural, will be rigid and will be impossible to deal with after it dries. (Photo 3) Let the tone of the paint do the work. You might even want to allow this very light application to dry, and then comb through the toned section to be sure it is not rigid and crusty. (Photo 4) Subsequent light applications will allow you to build color strength and intensity.

Multiple colors are done exactly like this first exercise, allowing a slow buildup over several applications. Just move the location of the mask and repeat. Expect some raves about the way this looks. And expect others to want you to help them with their personal “look.”

Note: Shampoo will remove most acrylic paint from hair. Use conditioner to complete the removal. If needed, repeat both steps. It all depends on the quantity of color you use.

Photo 5:  The finished look – ready for wows and hows.


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Diversify to Have Fun and
Earn Income

By Donn Shanteau

One of the tactics that we employ to insulate our earning potential from the weak economy is to diversify the services that we offer. By branching out a bit, we can offer the potential customer more choices and more opportunity to do business with us. One of our best-performing “diversified services” is the application of temporary tattoos.

A temporary tattoo parlor can be very lucrative if some thought is invested in event planning and your parlor set-up. The venues that you choose to attend will directly impact your earning potential. The best type of event will be family friendly and have many young people in attendance. Car shows, street fairs, school events and music festivals are prime choices for a successful outing. The weather is also important. Warm shirt-sleeve temperatures will maximize the buzz created by your wares. Everyone will want to show off their new “ink” and that is hard to do if it is hidden under a parka or sweatshirt. Once other groups of teens, tweens or younger children see your temporary tattoos adorning their peers, it is almost certain that they will be motivated to get their own body art.

Creating a buzz is important, but your customers need to be able to locate you easily. One booth or space in a large event can be difficult to find. That is why your signage is so vital to success. You will want multiple banners that shout out what you are doing. Our banners wrap our tables and outline the top edge of our tent. The banners also inform and answer potential objections. One of my favorites states “Temporary Tattoos…All of the Fun with none of the Commitment.” That really says it all. Another sign states that the body paints are non-toxic and safe for use on children. These notices will make it easier for caregivers to choose to allow their minor children to enjoy the experience that you offer without any trepidation that they are getting into something that they may regret later.

Once your customers find you and commit to your service, you have to give them an interesting experience. I pattern my display after an actual tattoo parlor. We have hundreds of temporary tattoo designs displayed on foamcore sheets that are arranged around the perimeter of the booth. This allows many people to shop for tattoo designs at once. This colorful “flash” also draws interest from many yards away since the display extends above the crowd’s head level.

A mix of edgy designs, traditional tattoo themes and child themes combine to make the best choices for your tattoo parlor offerings. There are two types of temporary tattoos and we offer them both. Airbrushed tattoos are fun and interesting to watch being applied. The cool air of the airbrush blowing across the skin sort of tickles and the airbrush itself somewhat resembles the tattoo needle gun that is used in a real tattoo studio. The airbrush is a perfect choice to fill in areas of a temporary tattoo quickly and cleanly. The paint brush method of coloring a temp-tattoo is also effective, but you will consume more paint using a paintbrush.


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My choice of an airbrush for body art is the Iwata HP-C or Eclipse-C. The color cup is just the right size and the paint nozzle (.35mm) is perfect for the scale of the tattoos. A quiet air compressor to power the airbrush is also desirable. We prefer the Iwata/Medea Power Jet Pro. It has all of the features that make body painting possible, like a good regulator and moisture trap.

Your paintbrush choices need to be more varied. We keep about 20 or so various sized small paintbrushes in an organizer to aid in coloring the temp-tattoos.

We like the alcohol-based body paints that are offered by Medea/Artool. The airbrush body art stencils offered by Medea/Artool are also very popular and easy to use. An internet search for body art and temporary tattoo products will provide a plethora of choices when purchasing stock for your temporary tattoo parlor.

Detailed information on setting up and stocking a temporary tattoo parlor as well as temporary tattoo application can be found in the “Ultimate Airbrush Handbook” by Pamela Shanteau. Pamela has developed a terrific proven system to maximize the profits of a temporary tattoo parlor, which she shares in her book.

The best part of a temp-tattoo parlor is that everyone that participates has fun! Customers are smiling and laughing before, during and after the process. Let’s face it; anytime you can earn money and have fun doing it, it’s a win-win situation.

Try a little diversification to make more income and expand your horizons; you may discover another great way to earn significant income.

An open mind is a fertile gardenDonn Shanteau


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Making Space - Using Freehand Techniques to Create Celestial Illusions

By Thomas Adams
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The dream of every airbrusher is to come across those projects that are almost complete freehand compositions. Celestial paintings have always been a love of mine because they are so free flowing and can cultivate your creativity. Though many of them look realistic, they do not always have to be. These paintings are a great way to practice your freehand technique and to develop some of the tactics that will help you throughout your airbrush career. So let’s get started!


Fig. 1 Start with a deep black coat on your canvas.

The first thing every space painting needs is a dark black canvas. This is not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes it is difficult to get an even coat of black on the canvas with an airbrush. The best advice here is to coat the canvas with a light splotchy coat of black first and then build on that. Try not to spray in such a manner that some spots will become soaked with paint while others are just dry coated. This will cause a buildup on the canvas and make the background appear uneven.


Fig. 2 Lay in pearl white to use transparent colors over later.

Fig. 3 Using transparent violet creates depth within the clouds.

After all that is said and done and you have an evenly coated canvas in front of you, it is time to start the tricks. Using a pearl white, I implement a circle guide to make some planets. Make sure to keep in mind where your light source is and take into account how that will affect the shading of each planet. Next, using some freehand cloud technique I lightly spray in some nebula clouds. These clouds are very free-flowing areas of gases in space; some are not even visible to the human eye. With this in mind keep your strokes very light and airy and do not make the clouds too definitive. Also put in some bursts of light around the tips of the clouds.

Next on the agenda is to get some colors into the mix. As you may remember, I stated that I was using a pearl white to shade in the planets and clouds. This will help these areas to pop when I spray over them with a transparent color. I am using a transparent violet color and my Iwata HP-C to make these clouds stand up or knock back. Rememberwith a transparent color, a white underneath will set it off but the more you coat the color the darker it will get. It is in this way that you can bring color and life to your clouds simultaneously.


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Fig. 4 Artool’s freehand stencils come in handy for presenting texture in paintings like this.

Fig. 5 The texture created by the stencil will be deepened by adding a transparent color over the top.

Now for the planets! Putting color into the planets is going to be fun with the use of one of the Artool FX series stencils. The stencil I chose in Fig. 4 will give a great texture to some of the planets. This stencil will make it look craggy and give it the illusion that there are elevations on the planet. This is also a great stencil for rust and porous metal effects. I start by freehand spraying within the stencil several times over, taking time to make sure I do not exceed the boundaries of the planet. After I am finished laying the textures I will go back over with transparent and opaque colors to give the planet the depth that it needs.


Fig. 6 Use masking tape to produce the star.

Fig. 7 White is applied carefully to give the star a glowing appearance.

Now that the planets are alignedso to speakit is time to put in the exploding star. I planned this painting around a supernova that is loosely shaped like a cross. I masked a stencil onto the canvas with masking tape. Once finished I filled it in generously with white to give it a bright appearance. As I removed the tape from the star you can see the edges are very crisp and it looks a little fake. We remedy this by using some overspray to blur this star and make it look like intense glowing light. Also, using the circle guide to mist in several halos around the subject gives it another level of realistic light reflection.


Fig. 8 The crisp edges can be blurred by some free handing.

Fig. 9 The painting is punctuated by adding some random stars.

The last stop on our celestial journey is to tune this painting up with some stars. I usually do this by dialing out a very fine spray on my Iwata Triple Action Handle and randomly blasting little dots here and there. This pre-set feature keeps you from blasting blobs on the canvas and having the paint spread on you. Without a triple-action handle you can use a toothpick to dab smaller stars and a brush or cotton swab to get larger stars.


Fig. 10 There it is—“The Final Frontier.”

Other than that it’s easy to create a painting like this when you have the right tools and just a little technique. This is a great style of painting for a beginner to try and also for and old air brusher like me to take on every once in a while.

Well that’s all until next time. Keep Paintin’!


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