Airbrushing murals and theater backdrops for plays is relatively easy when you know the basics of how to airbrush. I learned to airbrush T-shirts, and then expanded it to temporary tattoos, then to airbrushing theatre sets. It’s easy if you “block out” larger
swatches of paint with a paint roller and regular latex housepaint. The next step I do is lay in thicker details with an HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun
. And finish the tighter detail work with airbrushes (like the Paasche VL, one of my favorite “workhorse” brushes). Now, don’t forget that, in order to spray with these methods, you’ll need a decent air compressor to supply a steady 20-40 psi stream of air and paint to the surface.
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The efficiency of this method can take you from start to almost finished in a much quicker time than traditional brush painted mthods–for example, the mural shown in this post is from an Artists Repertory Theatre production of “The Cherry Orchard,” and I painted this (from start to this point) in about 4 hours. Try THAT with a regular set of paint brushes!