Paint Talk

In a recent issue of RMC there was an article on airbrushing acrylic craft paints.  I was skeptical. Last week a scenery project came up where doing so would be handy  “if” it would work.  Sure enough it did!  I can’t be of much help in terms of mix ratios other than to say I was striving to eyeball the same viscosity you would see in say, a bottle Model Master acrylic mix purchased at the hobby store.  I placed a glob of the acrylic craft paint in a bottle and slowly mixed in distilled water.  Next I added a few drops of alcohol to break the surface tension.  Test time with the airbrush.  Would the brush clog?  Would I get an odd paint surface?  Nope.  I was a little taken aback at how smoothly the paint came from the brush and the high quality satin finish that resulted.  It  definitely works.  This is a really handy tool to be aware of given the broad spectrum of colors available with the craft paints and how readily available they are.