Monday, June 08, 2009

Airbrushing with Copic Markers

I have been asked about airbrushing with Copics by a few of my readers.
To be honest, MLO doesn't sell the ABS (Airbrushing System) and the local Japanese stationary store that sells them has been out of the ABS 1 and 2, so I have been holding off on ordering online.

Which one to buy? It depends on you and how you will be using it.

If you are looking to simply try it out and want something simple and compact, then get the ABS 2. The catch? You can only use the Aircan D60, unless you happen to have with an Air Adaptor and a hose. Then you can upgrade to larger aircans.

If you are looking for a complete and the most cost-effective system (without purchasing the compressor), then the ABS 1 is for you! You can use either Aircan 80 and Aircan 180.

Then, I stopped by Kinokuniya the other day and saw that they had the ABS 2 in stock. I thought "Why not?!"


It comes with the Aircan D-60 and the air grip. It holds up to approx. 8 minutes of air.

(Aircan 80 = 15-20 min. of air) (Aircan 180 = 45-45 minutes of air). The difference between Aircans:
It is economical for those who are unsure of the product or a complete newbie. It is definitely compact!

Pull off the grey cap and screw on the air grip.
Put a Copic marker in (pointed tip "up" if using the chiseled end) into the air grip. Otherwise, use the Standard Broad / Medium Broad ends of a Copic or Sketch marker.



Point straight down at your scrap paper (for practice).
The further away you are, the soft closures your area will be.
The closer you get, the stronger your will be.

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Here I used the airbrush to "soften" the edges of my scalloped oval. I could do the same with a sponge dauber or a sponge, but OH! the satisfaction of airbrushing... "

Remember the card that I showed you yesterday? Pink Cat Studio's Lily is sitting on a turtle. Behind them is a pink scalloped circle.

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