Liquids & Cleaners
Any liquid may be sprayed through an airbrush if it is of a thinned, sprayable consistency.
Ideal spray materials are the consistency of skim milk (or thinner). They have finely ground pigments and are strained to be free of chunks that may clog an airbrush. High quality spray materials also contain additives that create "flow" through airbrushes, making clean up easier and clogs less likely. Metallics and thicker materials have more of a tendency to cause clogging. If you are new to airbrushing, we recommend using airbrush-ready liquids. These are liquids that have been formulated specifically for airbrush and are ready to use.
We recommend our own Com Art brand acrylic colors are a great choice for new airbrush users. Com Art colors are made with high quality finely ground pigments so they are airbrush-ready right out of the bottle. The colors spray smoothly, resist clogging and may also be used with traditional paintbrushes. That’s why we include it in all of our airbrush kits
You will need an appropriate cleaning agent for the spray material that you use. For example, when using water soluble paints and airbrush makeup use Medea Airbrush Cleaner. For non-water-soluble materials (automotive paint, artist oils, silicone-based makeup formulations etc.) use paint thinner or spray gun / equipment cleaner. (Use caution as these are toxic.). When in doubt as to the correct cleaner or thinner to use, contact the manufacturer of the material you are spraying for their recommendation.
Before using your airbrush for the first time, make sure you have plenty of the appropriate airbrush cleaner. Expect to use about 0.5-1oz of cleaner to effectively flush-out the airbrush after use. Once again, for those new to spraying, we recommend starting with airbrush-ready formulas to avoid the pitfalls of reducing and straining non-sprayable liquids.
Our brands -
Createx Colors are premium water-borne paints suitable for a vast range of applications. We partner with Createx products because they listen to painters and remain focused on developing new products that solve problems.
All Createx paints combine vibrant, light-fast pigments with durable, low VOC binders. There are many Createx paint lines including Wicked, the original Createx Colors, Createx Illustration Colors and specialty paints like Candy 20.
To choose the best Createx product for your project, first consider your surface. What are you painting on? Different surfaces have different characteristics. Consider whether the surface is hard or soft, porous or non-porous. These factors affect what we call adhesion which is how well the paint sticks.
Surfaces with good adhesion include clothing, leather, shoes and fabrics. These will pair with many Createx products. Both the original Createx Colors line as well as the Wicked line are excellent choices.
Surfaces with poor adhesion include metal, glass, plastic and fiberglass. These respond particularly well to Createx’s Wicked line. We recommend the use of Createx’s additives and sealers to assist in creating optimum adhesion on these surfaces.
Is your surface somewhere in the middle? You have plenty of options. Createx Illustration line is a popular choice for those painting on paper, board, wood and walls. These paints are ready to spray out of the bottle so they are a great choice for a new airbrush user. Within Illustration line, Tim Gore’s Bloodline and Lifeline collections offer unique palette choices for the special FX painter.
Our website will have much more information about Createx Colors soon. In the meantime, you can learn about their full product line at www.createxcolors.com.
Medea Airbrush Cleaner is an effective airbrush cleaning fluid that works well with Acrylics or any water-soluble spray material. It is effective and environmentally safe.
Com Art Colours are non-toxic, airbrush-ready water-based acrylic paints that also work great with a paintbrush. Since they are endlessly reworkable, they are a popular choice for fine art and illustration. Com-Art is available in both opaque and transparent formulas in a wide range of vibrant colors.
Medea Body Art Temporary Tattoo Paints are non-toxic, airbrush ready, alcohol-based colors with 3-4 day staying power.
Media Nail Art Colors are non-toxic, airbrush-ready water based acrylic colors. To use, apply an enamel base coat, spray Medea Nail Art Colors and seal fingernails with enamel top coat.
There are many high-quality watercolors available to use including M. Graham and Daniel Smith brands. To use watercolors in an airbrush, simply add a small amount of water to the paint to thin it to the consistency of skim milk and then load them into the airbrush with a #4 paint brush. We offer a Watercolor Airbrush Kit with everything you need to get started.
Airbrush Makeup and Special FX
MAC Cosmetics offers high quality foundation which is ready to spray right out of the bottle. Airbrush makeup provides clients with flawless coverage and looks great on camera in HD production, editorial photography and bridal work.
Million Dollar Tan offers a complete professional solution incorporating Iwata products.