How I Learned to Airbrush (Part 1)

I have worked professionally as an airbrush artist, off and on, for the past 20 years.  Now, mind you, that “off-and-on” disclaimer means more “off” than “on”, but I know my way around airbrushes.

Airbrush T shirt elephant

Custom Airbrush T shirt Elephant

I first began my journey learning how to airbrush on a very cheap one, the AZTEK, which was super easy to learn, but I knew from the beginning that it was a starter tool in this new style of painting that I was teaching myself. It’s more for painting model planes than for painting T-shirts or motorcycle tanks. On the left is a photo of the second T-shirt I ever airbrushed with it.

As I progressed in my painting abilities, I placed an ad up in a local supermarket in York, PA that eventually caught the eye of a local store owner, and he asked if I’d like to come share his space, and we ended up selling lots of cool airbrushed T-shirts, license plates, and whatever else I could paint on.

I decided to step it up and buy a few Paasche VL Airbrush Kits, one for white paint, one for black, and three for my primary paints. I had seen this in the magazine, Airbrush Action. That way, I could keep the paints in the bottles all the time, and I could paint shirts so much more quickly without having to always be cleaning bottles and airbrushes–until the end of the day.  I have to admit, I didn’t clean them out nearly as much as I should have.

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Jason Sipe is an artist, craftsman and writer. He has spent the last 20 years working in the art and media fields. He now turns to this blog and helping others learn about creating art as his main focus.