July 24, 2014

Airbrush Tip: Pre-Mixing Paints

 Vallejo Model Air is a nice product as it's a smaller sized pigment and comes in a handy dropper bottle so you only have to put into your airbrush what you need. Unfortunately, it doesn't have all the colors you might need. So I set out to make my own! What you see above is a bottle of Citadel Sycorax Bronze, pre-mixed into a dropper bottle. Here's how you can do it.

I bought two things off Amazon.com to be able to do this. (I will provide links to the products at the end)

A mini funnel. This was made for use in putting essential oils in dropper bottles for people who use them for making their own soap, etc. It's also perfect for getting paint into bottles.

And a pack of empty dropper bottles. These are 30mL bottles. You want a bigger one because, if like me, you use a lot of GW paints, those pots have 12mL in them. If you do a 1:1 ratio of paint to thinner, you need at least a 30mL.

So it's real simple. !) Funnel in the bottle. 2) Pour the paint in. 3) Add your thinner of choice (I use Liquitex Airbrush Medium, a clear acrylic medium meant for watering down acrylics without having them "break"). 4) Add a drop or two of flow aid. 5) Shake it up! It's really that easy.

Now I just have to add a few drops into the gravity feed on my airbrush and I'm good to go. So here are those links if you're interested:

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