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I can answer questions relating to basic and advanced airbrushing technique, general how-tos, preparation and compatible media for different substrates, proper paint-to-air ratios, troubleshooting, color theory, maintenance and repair, stencil cutting and use, and most other areas relating to airbrush. I'll be posting tutorials in the future if that would be helpful, and if possible.

Experience in the area

I learned to airbrush the hard way, watching and collaborating with people who didn't know much more than I did. Later I got instruction from people who knew what they were doing and learned what I had been doing wrong. I have been airbrushing for over 30 years; the first two years were in an amusement park painting as fast as I could, often for 12 hours a day, six days a week. You get good real fast. I have painted on almost everything imaginable, from walls to a bus to prosthetic limbs.


I studied art at the University of Texas at Arlington for three years but haven't made the time to complete my now obsolete "graphic arts" degree. We did layouts and color separations by hand, thank you very much. It has served me well, but not in the way I expected.

What do you like about this subject?

Everything! I love the soft look the airbrush can achieve, the realism, the speed in finishing a painting and the fact that it is an uncommon skill. People find it fascinating.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I learn something new all the time. I constantly work on improving my technique. I would like to do medical illustration and finishing work on prosthetics.

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Recent Answers from Ellen Choate

2014-10-28 AB on glass:

Hi, Jenn.    I have to say I've only done one project on glass, and it was an interior window that didn't get any wear or use.  I lightly sanded with fine grit paper and cleaned it with TSP (trisodium

2014-07-09 Dangers of airbrushing.:

First of all, let me say that for some reason this question never showed up in my email and I only found it by coming to AllExperts looking for something else.  My apologies.    On to your question, if

2013-07-07 which Airbrush?:

Hi, J.   I've been doing a little research on the compressor section of your question and I just found my favorite online. I had to dig out my manual and warranty stuff. This is from the listing on Amazon:

2013-05-09 Iwata airbrush needle problem:

It could be a couple things, Nick.   The most likely cause is your cone (also called the nozzle, part # 4 on the Iwata Eclipse parts guide). It could be stretched out or split, or have a thin ring of dried

2013-05-02 airbrushing on glass:

Hi, Susan! This is an easy one, I think.     I painted a glass panel that was set into the wall at a hair salon. It was visible from both sides and looked much the same from both sides because of the transparent


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