Anyway to get an airbrush look without one?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Rusty85, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Rusty85

    Rusty85 Sr Member

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    Does anyone have any idea if there's any way to get that smooth airbrush like look without using an airbrush? I need to paint a puppet head in flesh-tone but as most of you know there isn't an actual flesh-tone spray paint. Obviously I don't have an airbrush and up until now I've been painting them with the brush buts its quite time consuming and always leaves brush strokes. Also requires tons of coats of paint.
  2. Leigh

    Leigh Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You can buy an Airbrush for as little as £10 & run it off a bottle of air or even an car tyre. I personaly cant think of another way to achieve a sprayed finish though. Sorry if its no help to you :confused
  3. DaddyfromNaboo

    DaddyfromNaboo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Dry brushing, i.e. pick up some paint, wipe it off on a cloth until the brush is almost dry and then stiple it onto the surface. You will want to take your time and do this in multiple gos. You´ll need a brush with shorter bristles that stand up, go over the surface very gently.
  4. Howlrunner

    Howlrunner Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Are you going for a human skin-like appearance (with multiple shades), or do you just want a smooth single-colour surface (as you said it was a puppet)? If it was a single colour surface, I'd probably brush-paint on one layer, maybe two, then apply the last layer of the same colour with a disposable cloth or my finger, rubbing it in, in order to eliminate brush-strokes.
  5. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    Vallejo brand paints - some of the absolute best paints for brushing. People use them specifically for brushing because they don't leave brush marks.

  6. discombobulate

    discombobulate Member

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  7. PoopaPapaPalps

    PoopaPapaPalps Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Take a straw and dip one end into some paint and blow through the other end. SIMPLE!
  8. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :lol :lol
  9. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I do something very similar but I use oil paints as it takes a while for it to dry so it's a little more forgiving, plus it lets you "blend" a little easier.
  10. steveo3002

    steveo3002 Well-Known Member

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    id go along with the fact you can get a cheap one for peanuts , have a look on ebay , will probably come in handy again
  11. Sedulous Studios

    Sedulous Studios Active Member

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    You could try brushing/dusting on pure (powdered) pigments. That can give very smooth, even results. Basically you brush on the pigments (or powdered chalk pastels, though those take longer to build up), then spray it with some sort of topcoat like Testor's Dullcote. Repeat until you like the color. But it's pretty tedious, and might not be to your advantage in this situation.
  12. Rusty85

    Rusty85 Sr Member

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    Thanks for the advice everyone, I'll see what I can do. There's a peach spray paint that's close but not quite there.

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