Airbrush Designs
PAINT YOUR OWN COOL TOYS & ACCESSORIES
PG 13
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Airbrush
Designs
• Airbrushing
Learn the Basics
• Easy DIY
Project Ideas
• Helpful Hints &
Techniques
FAMILY FUN 2014
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about testors
Since 1929, Testors has provided products for
every surface and every project, inspiring
limitless creativity in kids and adults.
6 THE BASICS
What is an airbrush and what is it used for? Find out everything you
need to know for success.
10 THE PRODUCTS
Testors products make crafting with your kids more memorable, and
prove you don’t have to break the bank to spend quality time together.
Explore fun-to-use Testors Aztek airbrush systems and paints.
13 PROJECT IDEA: SUNNY KITE
Imagination and pride will soar sky-high when you fly this
homemade kite! Airbrush a combination of your favorite colors over
a string-wrapped surface to get this cool effect.
16 PROJECT IDEA: ROSE LAMP
Use stencils and Testors airbrushable paints to upgrade a plain,
old lamp with a charming design that complements your
room and adds creative flair.
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18 PROJECT IDEA: KALEIDOSCOPE
Gazing into a kaleidoscope takes you to a world of unexplored
delight. As light bounces off an array of colored glass beads, endless
patterns stimulate your imagination.
21 DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: MARIE CARTER
Find out what inspires Marie, designer of The Maiden of the Sea doll
on the cover.
22 PROJECT IDEA: THE MAIDEN OF THE SEA DOLL
While a mermaid’s song is irresistible, this wide-eyed gal will capture
your child’s heart with her flashy hair and vibrant colors. Testors’
airbrushing products make it easy to create.
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4 Let’s Get Inspired
26 Tips & Techniques
28 FAQs
30 Patterns
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Craft Ideas is proud to present Testors® Aztek® Airbrush Designs for Family Fun, a collection
of fun how-to projects the whole family will enjoy creating. Packed with tips and helpful hints, this
guide will help kids and adults master airbrushing techniques and will inspire more great looks
for kids’ rooms, clothes, hobbies, school supplies, sports and more.
Turn your imagination into a keepsake creation with Testors finishing products. Testors
manufactures a one-stop shop of craft and hobby supplies which includes paints, Aztek
airbrushes and paints, compressors, adhesives, paintbrushes and tools. In business for over
80 years, Testors has long been associated with quality and integrity. Testor paints, glues,
airbrushes and accessories are sold world-wide and are still proudly made in the USA.
company history
The company started back in 1929, when Nils F. Testor, a young
Swedish immigrant, purchased the assets of a small Rockford, IL,
company making an adhesive product called “Karlson’s Klister”.
Klister was an adhesive made for mending women’s stockings, and chiefly used by
local cobblers for making and repairing shoes. As the glue became more popular, other
applications were developed.
The young company eventually fell on hard times. Axel Karlson, the founder, sold his interest
in the firm and returned to Sweden. Nils Testor recognized the need for this kind of adhesive and
stepped in and took over what was soon to become the Testor Chemical Company.
Testor quickly realized that this product would be useful in a wide variety of applications and
began to market the glue as “Crystal Clear Household Cement.” The adhesive was still sold
in bulk to the shoe repairmen, but it was now beginning to carve a niche for itself on the home
front. Household Cement was—and still is—used to mend china, glassware, leather goods, and
any number of common household products. Glue sales increased dramatically and became
so popular that, for many years, Testors and glue were virtually synonymous. Even now, the
Testor Consumer Relations Department frequently receives mail from folks who have been using
Household Cement for decades. While times have changed, demand for this cement is as strong
as ever before!
In the late 1930’s, hobby enthusiasts began using Testors cements and adhesives for
their modeling projects. The Hobby Industry of America was formed in 1940 and the Testor
Chemical Company was a founding member. Testor products were now selling very well. The
company was building a solid base and a complete product line and this continued for the next
40 years. The portfolio included Testors-branded Enamel and Acrylic paints, Model Master
branded Enamel and Acrylic Paints, as well as the Aztek Airbrush system with “Ready To
Spray” Acrylic Paints.
In 2012, Testor introduced CreateFX which has stimulated learning and creativity in school,
club and craft and hobby projects. CreateFX is a comprehensive line of finishing products that
enhance detail, texture and effects – making projects come to life.
Today, Testors continues to broaden its offering to address emerging trends that include
personalizing, customizing and “making it your own”. “Do It Yourself” has never been stronger
and the high-quality, trusted paints from Testors provide solutions to make this happen. There
truly is a Testors product for every surface and every project. We are inspiring creativity every
day and giving kids a reason to grow up with Testors all over again.
The Testor Corporation is now part of The Rust-Oleum Group, which has No. 1 brand
recognition and market share in the U.S. and Canada in the rust-preventative, decorative,
specialty and professional segments of the small-project paint category. Rust-Oleum is a
subsidiary of RPM International, Inc.
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the basics
what is an airbrush and what is it used for?
An airbrush is a small air-operated tool that uses an air propellant,
such as a compressor, to “break-up” paint droplets into a fine mist.
The paint mist is then sprayed onto whatever is being painted.
Most airbrushes are designed
to work with both acrylic and
enamel paints. They are great for
controlling the amount of paint that
is applied and result in a smooth,
even coverage of paint, using less
paint, with no unsightly brush marks.
The fine mist also makes it easier
to airbrush intricate detail work,
without filling in the detail.
Soft colors can be created by
spraying with a light hand and
deep rich colors can be produced
with heavier sprays. By blending
colors, airbrushes help to create the
illusion of shadows and highlights.
Other special effects, as well as
color depth and intensity can be
achieved by layering different colors
of paint. From fine art to t-shirts,
cake decorating to spray tanning,
airbrushes have long been the
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preferred tool by visual artists in various
creative disciplines.
general airbrush
product Information
Airbrushing has never been easier than
with Testors ® Aztek® airbrush collection,
the most convenient and versatile airbrush
system on the market. The airbrushes are
lightweight, durable and ergonomically
designed to conveniently fit into either
hand. They are easy to master, simple to
clean and virtually maintenance free. With
the airbrushes’ unique detachable nozzles
and interchangeable parts, Testors offers a
creative airbrush solution for all skill levels.
There are three key operational
differences in basic airbrush design, that
impact the complexity and performance
of each airbrush model; how the trigger
operates, how and where the paint and air
are mixed together, and how the paint is
fed into the system.
the trigger
The trigger mechanism on an airbrush
is either pushed or pulled (or both) to
control the flow of air and/or paint. Aztek
airbrushes feature either a Single-Action
trigger or a Dual-Action trigger. In the
single-action models, the trigger is pushed
down to control the airflow. In some
models, the paint volume is adjusted
with separate controls. The paint control
mechanism moves the needle farther in or
out of the nozzle, depending upon amount
of paint desired. They are great for long,
steady sprays. The width of the spray, from
a wide spray pattern to thin lines, can be
controlled by moving the airbrush closer
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to or farther away from your project and by
adjusting the air pressure. Single-action
airbrushes are easy-to-use and affordable,
making them a great choice for beginners
and children.
The trigger on a dual-action airbrush
enables you to control both the airflow and
paint volume, at the same time. Pushing
the trigger controls the airflow and pulling
the trigger, toward you, gives you instant
control over the amount of paint being
sprayed. This allows for much more
versatility when creating thin lines and fine
detail. Testors Aztek dual-action airbrushes
provide more control when blending
colors, creating highlights, shadowing
and producing other special effects. The
ability to spray only air is also helpful if you
need to dry an area of paint quickly. This
YouTube Video shows you how to use your
Aztek Airbrush in Double Action.
http://youtu.be/f9iocSTRe0I
the mix
There are two different types of
airbrush designs, when it comes to
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combining the air and the paint: external mix
airbrushes and internal mix airbrushes. Both
types can also have either single-action or
double-action triggers.
An external mix airbrush combines the air and
the paint outside of the airbrush. As air passes
over the paint tip, it sprays the paint toward
your project. This mixing method produces a
courser, grainier spray, making freehand spraying
and detail work more of a challenge. However,
this is the easiest and least expensive design,
which makes it a great choice for the beginner
airbrusher and children.
Aztek’s internal mix airbrush combines the air
and paint together inside of a “mixing chamber”
at the tip of the nozzle assembly. This mixing method
produces a fine microdot and a very
smooth finish, which enables
smoother blending of
colors and more realistic
special effects. The
superior finishing
capabilities of the internal
mix airbrushes make them
the design of choice for crafters, fine
artists and hobbyists alike.
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the paint feed
Paint can be fed to an Aztek airbrush through one of two ways; a
siphoning process or a gravity feed process. Siphoning is the principle
method used for the single-action, external mix airbrush models.
However, either approach can be selected for use with Aztek’s singleaction and double-action, internal feed
airbrush models.
Aztek’s siphon-fed airbrush has a
paint container connected to either the
bottom or side of the unit, close to the
nozzle assembly. A tube runs from
the airbrush to the paint and as the air
source is activated, the air runs over the
paint, at the top of the tube, and pulls it
into the airbrush. The paint is then sprayed
out of the nozzle. Since the siphon-fed
airbrushes can typically accommodate
larger paint cups/containers, thus a
larger volume of paint, they allow for
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longer spraying times on large objects
such as murals and backgrounds. They
require more air pressure to spray
effectively but allow for quick color
changes. Most siphon feed containers
have tops on them, which prevents acrylic
paint from drying out as quickly.
Aztek’s gravity-fed airbrushes have a
paint cup that is mounted on either side of
the airbrush. Gravity pulls the paint from the
cup into the airbrush, where it is combined
with the air source and sprayed out of the
nozzle assembly. Gravity-fed airbrushes
require less air pressure, resulting in less
overspray. Less air pressure also gives the
artist more control over the flow of paint,
allowing for finer detail work and thinner line
widths. This method of paint feed will also
work better with thicker viscosity paints
than the siphon-fed models.
air sources
Since airbrushes require an air
source to function, you will need some
type of an air supply. You have several
options to choose from; canned air, a
hobby compressor or a general-purpose
compressor. Aztek Airbrush kits include
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a compressor adaptor or can be screwed
onto a can of propellant.
Canned air is a canned propellant that
can be purchased at most craft supply
stores and specialty retailers. It is quiet,
disposable and the least expensive source
of air for your airbrush. However, they
provide a limited amount of usage time and
you will have little to no control over the
rate of air delivered.
Your best bet is to use an air compressor.
Compressors are the most commonly
used air source for airbrush artists. An air
compressor is a machine that extracts air
from the atmosphere and compresses it
into a holding chamber. They deliver an
endless supply of air at a constant rate
of pressure. Many models include an air
regulator for pressure adjustment. Hobby
compressors are preferred since they are
made specifically for airbrush use. They
tend to be more expensive than general
purpose compressors, as they are designed
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to be much quieter. However a general-purpose compressor will work
fine, as long as you can adjust the air pressure to between 10-40 psi.
Your desired pressure will vary depending upon the type of project you
are working on and the amount of detail you require.
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amazing air activity set™
Testors makes crafting with your kids more memorable with
the Amazing Air Activity Set™. It is the perfect starter airbrush set
for kids’ crafts. The airbrush is a simple-to-use system that builds
children’s confidence, while
teaching them the joy of creativity.
It features a trouble-free, snap
together assembly and easyto-clean features, which allow
for more fun time, bonding and
making memories together. The
kit includes everything kids need
to create custom, trendy airbrush
designs: an ergonomic airbrush,
five popular acrylic colors, a
propellant can, flame stencil and
an idea booklet.
testors fine external mix airbrush
set (A2708)
Spending quality time together
doesn’t need to break the bank.
Testors ® Aztek® Fine External Mix
Airbrush set, a creative, educational
and affordable tool, promotes a sense
of pride and accomplishment. It is
a beginner oriented single-action,
external mix airbrush that is a perfect
choice for adults new to airbrushing or
the more advanced child crafter. The
Fine External Mix airbrush is ideal for
partnering with stencils or spraying
freehand, and to custom decorate a
variety of baked goods, canvas art and
general arts and crafts projects with
confidence. Parents and crafters alike
will appreciate the system’s patented
quick color change configuration, easyto-adjust controls and lightweight,
ergonomically designed body. The
set includes airbrush, 6’ air hose,
compressor adapter, top feed color cup,
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siphon feed cap/bottle assembly, three
nozzles − general purpose, fine line and
large area, and an instruction booklet.
testors single action internal mix
airbrush set (A3206)
For enhanced creativity and more
refined results, step up to Testors Single
Action Internal Mix airbrush set. For the
crafter with some airbrush experience
or who is new to airbrushing but looking
for a system with additional features
and performance capabilities, a roller
mechanism on the airbrush provides
precise control over the volume of paint
being sprayed. From wide spray patterns
to thin lines, this airbrush is fantastic for
producing a smooth, fine microdot finish.
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To support a variety of paint application
options, both siphon and gravity-fed
adjustable cups are included. Cups can be
adjusted for either right or left hand usage
and swiveled to enable airbrushing in
virtually any position. This lightweight and
durable airbrush features Aztek’s patented
quick color change configuration, EZ clean
technology and interchangeable nozzles
and bottles. The set includes airbrush,
6’ air hose, compressor adapter, two
nozzles − general purpose and high flow,
top feed color cup, siphon feed cap/bottle
assembly, instruction manual and DVD,
and plastic storage case.
intermediate double action internal
mix airbrush set (A4306)
Enhance your home décor and gift
creations with Testors Aztek Intermediate
Double Action Internal Mix airbrush set.
This work-horse system integrates a
double-action trigger for more air and
paint control, allowing for a greater variety
of artistic special effects. Adjustable line
width control, pinpoint accuracy control,
EZ clean technology and Aztek’s patented
quick change nozzle system make this
airbrush a must-have for crafters who
want to refine their airbrushing skills. This
system also includes interchangeable
nozzles and bottles, and an adjustable
paint cup that swivels and adjusts for right
or left hand usage. The set includes a
lightweight, durable ergonomic airbrush, 6’
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hose, three nozzles − general purpose, high flow and detail, top feed
color cup, two siphon feed cap/bottle assemblies, nozzle wrench,
instruction manual and DVD, and plastic storage case.
professional single/double
action internal mix airbrush
set (A4307)
For performance that is sure
to please, nothing but Testor’s
premium airbrush design will do.
This system leverages the benefits
of both single- and double-action
airbrushes, together in one
system. Professional visual
artists will appreciate the Single/
Double Action Internal Mix
airbrush’s optimal performance.
This tool provides you with the
ultimate in pinpoint accuracy
and precision, that is required to
turn your vision into a stunning
masterpiece. Featuring a dial for paint control, this system works as
a single- or double-action airbrush. Also featured is Testors patented
quick-change nozzle system, EZ clean technology, and an adjustable
gravity feed cup that swivels and adjusts for right or left hand
usage. Aztek’s premium ergonomic airbrush design is available in a
lightweight, durable resin (A4307) set, which also includes 6’ hose,
three nozzles − general purpose, high flow and detail, two siphon feed
cap/bottle assemblies, nozzle wrench, instruction manual and DVD,
and compartmentalized wooden storage case.
professional single/double
action internal mix metal
airbrush set (A4809)
For the Ultimate Metal
Airbrush set, Testors premium
airbrush design is also
available in forged die-cast
metal. This set provides the
weight of a metal airbrush with
the balance and feel of the
ergonomic Aztek design. It also
features all of the attributes of
the premium airbrush design
mentioned above. The set
includes airbrush, 6’ hose,
metal compressor adapter, nine nozzles, five top feed color cups,
two siphon feed cap/bottle assemblies, nozzle wrench, instruction
manual and DVD, and wooden compartmentalized storage case with
velvet airbrush pouch.
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testors airbrush friendly paint selection
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Testors paint is the perfect choice for use in an array of craft and
hobby projects. It is available in various formulations and a multitude
of colors to enable every creative vision. The collection line-up
includes acrylic and enamel paints.
Acrylic paint is the ideal selection for use in a variety of craft
projects. Acrylic paint is versatile, provides excellent adhesion on
most surfaces, allows for water wash-up, and is non-toxic and fast
drying. Testors has five different acrylic paint formulations to bring
your creation to life: Aztek® airbrushable paints, Testors ® acrylic and
Model Master® acrylic paints, CreateFX® acrylic paints and washes.
aztek airbrushable paint
Aztek Airbrushable Paint is specially formulated for use with
airbrushes. All of our paints can be airbrushed, the advantage of
Airbrushable Acrylic is it is pre-thinned and ready to airbrush and
comes in the larger 2 oz. bottle with flip cap. Other acrylic paints will
need to be thinned with our Acrylic Thinner or water. This superior,
ready-to-use acrylic paint features exceptional pigment quality,
vibrant colors and produces a rich, long-lasting finish. It is available in
40 trend-right colors for unlimited possibilities.
Testors acrylic paint sets and Model Master acrylic paints are
available in hundreds of authentically matched colors. The Model
Master paint was developed for, but not limited to, painting figurines
and fine detail work. They both can be airbrushed or hand painted.
CreateFX paint is a comprehensive line of finishing products that
enhance detail, texture and effects – making projects come to life.
CreateFX Acrylic Paint is a fast drying, easy-to-apply finish and can
be used on most surfaces. It is comprised of finely ground pigments,
for superb flow and coverage. (It is not recommended for rubber or
flexible vinyl because it will remain tacky on these materials.)
CreateFx Acrylic Wash is also fast drying and easy to apply.
This is a thinner formulation for enhancing detail and tinting/
shading a surface.
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CreateFX Enamel paint is lead-free, fast
drying, easy to apply and can be used on
many kinds of surfaces like glass, wood,
metal, leather, Styrofoam®, polystyrene
plastic and ABS plastic. Finely ground
pigments mean superb flow and coverage.
(It is not recommended for rubber or flexible
vinyl because it will not dry on these surfaces;
it will remain tacky to the touch.) It will not
adhere to polyethylene or polypropylene.
CreateFx Enamel Wash is also fast
drying and easy to apply. This is a thinner
formulation for enhancing detail and
tinting/shading a surface.
Testors Model Master enamel paint
offers the most comprehensive system
of modern and historical paint colors
available. Well respected for its superb
color fidelity and unmatched availability
and shelf life, Model Master cures to a hard,
permanent finish on a variety of surfaces. It
can be airbrushed or hand painted.
Testors Enamel Paints are recognized
by their vibrant colors and exceptional
adhesion, making them an essential
for any crafter, hobbyist or home décor
enthusiast. Authentic Testors solventbased paints are extremely durable
and excellent for use on any surface
imaginable. The paint can be applied
with a paintbrush or can be thinned with
an enamel paint thinner and sprayed with
an airbrush.
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airbrushing for family fun
sunny kite
Imagination and pride will soar sky-high when you fly this homemade kite!
Airbrush a combination of your favorite colors over a string-wrapped surface
to get this cool effect.
MATERIALS
•Kites In The Sky Colorfly Diamond
Ready-to-Fly Kite Kit
TOOLS
•Testors Aztek Airbrush System with
Airbrushable Opaque Acrylic Paints:
Yellow (9442), Red (9446), Orange
(9443), Black (944105)
•Yarn
•Craft knife
•Adhesives: 3M Scotch Spray Mount
Repositionable Adhesive, hot glue
gun with glue sticks
BASIC SUPPLIES
scissors, paper towels, painter’s
tape, staple remover, ruler, iron and
pressing surface, cardboard larger
than kite, pencil, stapler, disposable
gloves, newspaper (to cover work
surface)
DIRECTIONS
(Note: Mask off all surfaces to avoid
overspray. Allow paint to dry thoroughly
between steps.)
1 Remove plastic end cap on center kite
rod and slide white cord off rod to detach it
completely from fabric. Remove cord from
kite. See Photo 1.
by Gloria Uhler (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for Testors Corp.
(www.testors.com)
size: 30"x30", excluding tail
Photo 1
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2 Press folds out of kite fabric using
synthetic setting on iron.
3 Place kite fabric on cardboard and
trace outline. With ½" margin added to
each side, cut kite shape from cardboard
using craft knife. Adults should help
kids when using craft knife.
4 Cover cardboard with paper towels.
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Place kite flat on cardboard surface and
smooth out. Staple kite corners to cardboard.
See Photo 2.
The more wraps you create, the more white
will show through on finished project. Don’t
hesitate to wrap at odd angles to add interest.
5 Create design on kite by wrapping with
yarn. Start by taping yarn end to backside of
cardboard. See Photo 3.
7 If yarn doesn’t stay in place, simply
create small slits in half-inch margin
of cardboard around kite and slip yarn
strands into them to hold yarn firmly. See
Photo 5. Keep wrapping. When you have
all the coverage you want, tape down end
6 Wrap yarn around cardboard and kite in
one direction from left to right. See Photo 4.
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Photo 9
of yarn to backside of cardboard.
8 Start new piece of yarn wrapping in
opposite direction, from right to left. See
Photo 6. Tape down end of yarn as before
when you’re done wrapping. See Photo 7.
9 On protected work surface, airbrush top
quarter of kite with yellow paint. See Photo 8.
10 Overlapping bottom edge of yellow,
airbrush another quarter of kite using orange
paint. Switch to red paint and airbrush another
quarter of kite using same overlap technique.
See Photo 9.
11 Add bit of black paint to red and airbrush
half of remaining uncovered fabric. Finish
painting with full-strength black paint. See
Photo 10.
12 When paint has dried completely, unwrap
yarn. Using staple remover, release fabric from
cardboard. See Photo 11.
13 Cut paper towels into strips wider than
kite tails. Lay one tail piece down on paper
towel strip and airbrush it yellow. Repeat with
remaining tail pieces using orange and red.
See Photo 12.
14 Assemble kite according to manufacturer’s
directions.
Photo 12
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rose lamp
Infuse your décor with personality! Use stencils and Testors’ airbrushable
paints to upgrade your plain old lamp with a charming design that
complements the motif in your room and adds a bit of creative flair.
MATERIALS
•Lamp shade of choice, 7” tall
•Small lamp base of choice
•Trims, approximately 3 yds. each:
sheer polka dot ruffle with rosettes,
black medallion with rhinestones
TOOLS
•Testors Aztek Airbrush System with
Airbrushable Opaque Acrylic Paints:
Green (9451), Purple (9448), White
(9440), Black (9441)
•Fine-tip paintbrush
•Rose or flower stencil of choice,
1¾” tall
•Craft knife
•Adhesives: 3M Scotch Spray Mount
Repositionable Adhesive, hot glue
gun with glue sticks
BASIC SUPPLIES
disposable gloves, scissors, paper
towels, painter’s tape, wooden craft
stick
DIRECTIONS
(Note: Allow all paint to dry between steps.)
1 Spray back of stencil with repositionable
adhesive and position stencil on shade.
Tape down stencil edges. Cover inside
and outside of shade with paper towels to
protect shade from overspray. See Photo 1.
by Gloria Uhler (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for Testors Corp.
(www.testors.com)
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Photo 6
Photo 7
Photo 5
Photo 8
2 Cover leaf shapes on stencil with tape.
Mix purple and white paints to match ruffle;
airbrush flower sections of stencil. See
Photo 2.
6 Hand paint black outline on flowers and
leaves using fine-tip paintbrush. See Photo 6.
Photo 9
7 Adhere ruffle to bottom edge of shade using
hot glue. See Photo 7.
3 Remove tape covering leaves. See Photo 3.
4 Cover flower shapes with tape. Airbrush
leaf sections of stencil with green paint. See
Photo 4.
8 Cut rhinestone trim segments to fit between
rosettes on ruffled ribbon. Adhere to shade in
center of ruffled trim using hot glue. Smooth
with craft stick. See Photo 8.
5 Remove stencil and protective coverings
from shade. See Photo 5.
9 Adhere strip of rhinestone trim at base of
lamp where desired. See Photo 9.
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TIP: Create your own stencil by
scanning a favorite stencil or image,
resizing and grouping images if
desired. and printing onto cardstock.
Cut out using craft knife. This lamp
was stenciled using Wall and Mural
Stencils Rose Flower Stencil, which
was scanned, resized, and grouped.
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kaleidoscope
Gazing into a kaleidoscope takes you to a world of unexplored delight. As
light bounces off an array of colored glass beads and reflects into mirrors,
endless beautiful patterns emerge to stimulate your imagination.
by Gloria Uhler (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for Testors Corp.
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size: 10½”x1½”
DIRECTIONS
1 Cut mailing tube to 10" length using craft knife; set removed
portion aside. (Note: Even after tube label is removed,
remaining glue residue may interfere with final painted finish.)
2 Spray adhesive mount on one side of blank 8½"x11" printer
paper.
3 Cut sheet of freezer paper to 8½"x11; press to printer page
with dull side against adhesive. See Photo 1.
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4 Load bonded page into inkjet printer tray so print will appear
on shiny side.
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5 Click here to print text page onto bonded
paper. (Note: Type on page, which gives a
detailed description of a kaleidoscope and
how it works, is intentionally backward.) Do
not touch any type on printed page; letters
will smudge very easily due to waxy finish.
6 Cut printed page to 5½"x10". Peel freezer
paper away from blank page, but be
prepared as freezer paper will want to curl
up. Prevent curling by holding paper in blank
margins and weighing it down during Step 7.
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MATERIALS
•Mailing tube, 1½” diameter
•Cardstock: white, silver metallic
•Darice Mirrors Plastic Mirror Sheet,
6”x9”
•Small clear plastic craft container
with screw-on lid, 1³⁄ 8” diameter
•Foam pieces
Photo 2
Photo 3
•Beads: glass beads in various colors,
6/0; red, 4mm
•Rhinestones in various sizes and
colors
TOOLS
•Testors Aztek Airbrush System with
Acrylic Paints: Model Master Grape
Pearl (4650), Stop Light Red (4633),
Dark Green Pearl (4670); Aztek Pearl
Gold Acrylic (9742)
Photo 5
•Craft knife and cutting mat
•Sanding films
•Reynolds Plastic Coated Freezer
Paper
•Adhesives: 3M Scotch Spray Mount
Repositionable Adhesive, Elmer’s
White Glue
BASIC SUPPLIES
computer with inkjet printer and
paper, round hole punch, paper
trimmer, scissors, spray bottle of
water, paper towels, bath towel,
ruler, painter’s tape, newspapers to
protect work surface
7 Dampen paper towel with water using
spray bottle. Wrap damp towel around
mailing tube to dampen tube slightly. (Note:
Too much water on tube will blur lettering
when it is transferred.) Test how much water
is needed by practicing on the reserved
excess tube. See Photo 2.
8 Remove paper towel from tube. To
transfer type, press printed page onto tube
and wrap it around. Press entire page to
tube with hands or back of large spoon. Do
not slide or move page. See Photo 3.
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Photo 6
9 Type will darken when it comes in contact
with dampness. (Note: This is how you know
the type transferred.) It is not necessary
for type to transfer perfectly. Some faded
spots will add interest. See Photo 4. Remove
printed page and allow tube to dry; use blow
dryer if desired.
adhesive. Press sticky stide of stencil
onto bath towel, then peel off. Repeat
several times to minimize stickiness of
adhesive. (Note: Too much adhesive may
pull paint and type off when stencil is
removed from tube.)
10 If cut end of tube is slightly irregular or
looks frayed, smooth and straighten with
sanding film.
11 Spray tube with gold metallic paint in
irregular patterns using airbrushing system.
Put down heavy amounts of paint in some
areas and lighter amounts in others, leaving
faint coat in some areas. The objective is to
have legible type on the majority of tube.
12 Click here to print stencil onto white
cardstock; cut out black areas using scissors
and craft knife. Spray back of stencil with
13 Place stencil on tube with long
straight edge 5" away from bottom
end of tube. Use tape to keep stencil
wrapped around tube if necessary.
Protect rest of tube and stencil openings
from overspray. See Photo 5.
14 Spray bottom, large open area with
purple paint using airbrush system. Then
spray purple, red, green, and gold paint
on stars and other shapes. Plan where
each color with be applied by marking
stencil. When painting is complete,
remove stencil. See Photo 6. Let tube
dry completely.
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Photo 7
Photo 8
TIP: For optimum viewing, hold bead
end of kaleidoscope up to window or
other light source. Turn tube in hands
toward light source while looking
through viewing hole. Occasionally
jiggle tube to redistribute beads to
provide unlimited image combinations.
17 With scuffed side facing out, place bead
container halfway into cut end of tube. See
Photo 8. Adhere rhinestones to stars and
other painted shapes as shown.
Photo 10
Photo 9
18 Begin making mirror “tent” by cutting
mirror sheet into three 1³⁄8"x10" strips. Place
strips mirror side down on work surface;
tape together. See Photo 9. Remove clear
protective film from mirrors.
19 Tape last two edges together to form
triangular tent. See Photo 10.
20 Insert mirror tent into tube. Place foam
pieces between mirror tent and tube wall
to prevent tent from shifting inside when
kaleidoscope is rotated. See Photo 11.
Photo 11
Photo 12
15 Scuff bottom side of clear plastic container
using sanding film. Sand enough to prevent
clear view through plastic.
21 Make viewing hole by cutting out most
of center of mailing tube’s plastic cap using
craft knife. See Photo 12. Leave enough
cap surface to adhere cap cover.
16 Add glass beads to container; screw
on cap. Make kaleidoscope interesting by
matching bead colors to tube’s paint colors.
See Photo 7.
22 Using cap as pattern, cut out piece of
silver cardstock to cover cap. Punch clean
hole in center. Adhere cardstock cover to
cap. See Photo 13. Let dry completely.
Photo 13
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designer spotlight
marie carter
A little bit about me... I was blessed to be born into an
artistic family and was inspired by family members to paint
mixed media art and watercolor paintings on canvas.
I learned different art techniques over time through trial and error,
and by helping my mom, dad, and grandpa work on their creative
pursuits. My family has always encouraged me to try new things and
to not be afraid of failure. Failure leads to lessons learned and new
paths traveled.
After high school, I started a business painting murals inside of
homes and businesses, and on the outside of buildings. It was definitely
a crash course in business 101. Over
time, I have evolved into a mixed media
artist, and my favorite disciplines are
fiber arts and doll making.
Currently, I live in Stillman Valley,
IL, and am inspired to create in an
old dairy barn. I dye and spin wool
roving into art yarns for sweaters, doll
hair and felting. I have Lampworking
tools that enable me to create custom
beads that are used as adornments
for clothing and jewelry. My dolls are
made from heavyweight muslin fabric
and feature jointed elbows, shoulders,
hips and knees. Their faces are hand
painted and their hair and dresses
are crafted from top quality wool that
I have dyed and spun. Check out my
website at www.spilledpaint.com.
Additional examples of my work
can be found on my “Spilledpaint”
Etsy Shop and at www.pinterest.com/
spilledpaint. I designed The Maiden of
the Sea mermaid doll in this issue, too!
DESIGNER TIP: When designing a
new creation, trust your gut and go
for it – you can’t do anything wrong!
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the maiden of the sea
While a mermaid’s song is irresistible, this wide-eyed gal will capture your
child’s heart with her flashy hair and vibrant colors. Testors’ airbrushing systems
and paints make it easy to create!
MATERIALS
•Medium-weight muslin, ¼ yd.
•Fiberfill stuffing
•Large pink emerald-cut gemstone
•Mixed fiber/texture yarn in coordinating
color (yarns available here)
•Ribbon or scrap fabric, 3”x9”
TOOLS
•Testors Aztek Airbrush System with Airbrushable Acrylic Paints: Model
Master Hot Pink Pearl (4640), Green
Gloss (4669), Gun Metal Semi Gloss
(4681), Reefer White Flat (4873);
Aztek Opaque Peach (9444),
Opaque White (9440), Opaque Red
(9446), Opaque Turquoise (9450),
Pearl Gold (9472)
•Small paintbrush
•Sewing machine, needle, and
coordinating thread
•Sharpie Fine Point Black Permanent
Marker
•Hot glue gun with glue sticks
BASIC SUPPLIES
pencil, baking parchment paper,
scissors, masking tape, quarters,
dimes, straight pins
DIRECTIONS
the basics
1 Click here to print pattern; tape body
to tail. Trace onto parchment paper; cut
out mermaid body and choice of arm,
with or without thumb, on traced line from
parchment paper. See Photo 1.
by Marie Carter for Testors (www.testors.com)
2 Fold muslin in half with right sides facing.
While fabric is doubled, trace one body and
two arms onto top layer using light pencil
mark. See Photo 2.
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Photo 1
3 Keeping fabric doubled, move to sewing
machine. Set machine on medium stitch
length and sew on traced line. Start on
one side of tab and go all the way around,
stopping at other side of tab. Backstitch
at both ends. Go around each piece twice.
Cut away excess fabric about ¹⁄ 8" from
sewn line. See Photo 3. Do not cut off tab.
Flip all pieces right side out, using eraser
end of pencil to help push ends out.
Photo 2
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Photo 4
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Photo 6
Photo 7
4 Fold tabs even with seam. This will create
clean lines to hand-sew closed after stuffing.
5 Start stuffing body with fiberfill down by
tail and work up until middle. Stuff head tight,
making sure seams are pushed out and
smooth, then firmly stuff neck and shoulders.
Fill in body until nice and firm. Hand-sew
opening shut. Fill arms from fingertips up. If
desired, add stuffing in thumb. Hand-sew
opening closed. See Photo 4. Attach arms
to shoulders with needle and thread. See
Photo 5. Mermaid is ready to be painted.
airbrush painting
(Note: Use small scrap of muslin to test
any colors before using them on doll.
Remember to apply paint to both front and
back of doll body.)
6 To get nice flesh tone color, mix (1:1)
Peach + White. Lightly go around seams of
doll. Add small amount of color under chin
area and to cheeks and belly. See Photo 6.
7 Add drop or two of Red to flesh tone.
Spray big rosy cheeks on doll. Use same
rosy color for tail area and add some
leopard-like spots along side seams of tail.
See Photo 7.
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Photo 9
Photo 8
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Photo 13
Photo 10
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Photo 17
8 Switch color to Turquoise. Go wild and color
in tail. Have fun with lighter and darker areas.
Make sure tail is completely covered. See
Photos 8-9. Set airbrush aside.
9 Tear masking tape into random little pieces.
Place tape pieces onto front and back tail
mosaic-style, leaving gaps between them.
See Photo 10.
10 Using Gold, airbrush all gaps between
tape pieces. Go over main tail section several
times for good heavy coverage. See Photo 11.
Let paint dry thoroughly.
Photo 18
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Photo 11
11 When paint has dried, remove tape
pieces. See Photo 12-13.
hand painting
12 Place two quarters on face to mark
where eyes will go. See Photo 14.
13 Trace around quarters with pencil.
Lightly sketch nose (Note: Nose is the letter
“C” turned on its side.) and lips using pencil.
See Photo 15. Use dimes to trace irises
onto eye. See Photo 16.
14 Outline sketched pencil marks using
Sharpie marker, adding additional details as
desired. See Photos 17-18.
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Photo 22
15 Paint in whites of eye, eye color, and lips
using paintbrush; let dry. See Photo 19.
Using Sharpie marker, replace any lines that
faded or were covered by paint.
16 Add pupils and highlights to eye, as well
as any additional details as desired. See
Photos 20-21.
finishing
17 Wrap yarn around CD case or small
book, then cut across looped strands to
create several pieces, all the same length.
See Photo 22. Repeat as necessary to
replenish supply.
18 Fold one yarn strand in half. Using glue
gun, adhere folded end of yarn along seam
at top of head a few pieces at a time. See
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Photo 23
Photo 24
Photo 25
Photo 23. Repeat to fill in hair line all around
top seam.
Photo 26
19 On back of head at chin level, draw
pencil line to follow. See Photo 24. Continue
adhering hair along this line.
20 Draw pencil line down centerline of back
of head. See Photo 25. Adhere hair along line
as before.
21 Shake hair. Fill in areas as desired. See
Photo 26.
22 Pinch ribbon or fabric strip in middle; twist one
complete turn. Using glue gun, adhere center twist
of strip to doll in middle of chest. Wrap ends around
to back and adhere. Adhere gemstone and any other
desired embellishments or decorations. See Photo 27.
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tips & techniques
helpful tips, techniques
& inspiration
to start the paint flow. When completing a
spray, the reverse is true. End the paint flow
and then turn your air off.
3 When beginning your work or changing
colors, you should always spray on a piece
of scrap paper, instead of your project. That
will help to avoid any mistakes from colors
that have not cleaned through your airbrush
and will help prevent spattering paint.
4 When spraying, keep the spray consistent
by moving the airbrush with your elbow, not
the wrist.
5 Always airbrush in a well-ventilated area,
whether inside or out, and wear latex gloves
so the paint will not absorb into your skin.
6 Always spray with the airbrush
perpendicular to the surface. Spraying at an
angle will produce overspray.
top 10 airbrushing tips:
1 Most airbrush malfunctions are the result of an airbrush that needs
to be cleaned. Airbrushes should be rinsed between color changes,
unless you are blending colors. Your airbrush should also be cleaned
after every use.
2 When using a double-action
airbrush, it is important to depress
the trigger mechanism to begin the
airflow and then pull the trigger back
7 The thicker the paint that you are
spraying, the more air pressure you will
need. If the paint is splattering out of your
airbrush, it needs to be thinned. If the paint
disperses unevenly (thin at the center of
impact and running on the sides) it is too
thin, you are spraying too close or you are
using too much air pressure.
8 To thin paint, use the correct thinner for
the type of paint you are spraying: water for
water-based products, petroleum-based or
solvents for the other types.
9 When you are first learning to airbrush,
use water-based paints that are specifically
formulated for an airbrush. They do not
require thinning and are easy to clean up.
That way you can focus on your technique.
10 Finally, as with anything that you are
trying to learn, practice is the key.
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a few techniques:
There are two general methods of
airbrushing: Freehand and Masking. Using
a frisking film or stencil is also considered
a masking technique. Most airbrushers
incorporate both methods into their work.
Freehand airbrushing has a softer look with
unrefined edges. If you want to achieve
more distinct lines with your airbrush, you
will need to use a stencil or masking object.
Masking is when you use an object,
such as masking tape or a piece of paper,
to shield a section of your work surface
from the airbrush spray. The closer a mask
is to your work surface, the more defined
the paint edge becomes. The further away
the mask is from the work surface the less
defined the edge becomes.
For instance if you adhere a piece of
masking tape to a t-shirt and spray over
it, when you pull up the tape, there will be
distinct lines on either side of where the
tape was placed. Similarly when you place
a piece of paper a couple of inches from
the surface of the t-shirt and spray over it,
the edge will be less defined but not soft
like a freehand spray.
Stencils can be taped to your work
surface or held over your work surface.
Taping your stencil (or purchasing a stencil
with adhesive backing) will provide you
with a crisp line. Simply holding the stencil
over the surface will enable some of the
overspray to get under the edges of the
stencil and result in a softer edge. When
you decide what “look” you are going for,
airbrush paint over the cut-out portions of
the stencil. (Be sure to cover the project
area around the stencil with paper, tape
or cloth to prevent undesired overspray.)
Spray the paint over and to either side of
the cutouts, to avoid puddling. You will
want to remove the stencil before the paint
dries, otherwise, some of the paint may come
with the stencil when you pull it up.
A Stipple Effect is great for developing
texture on your surface. There are two ways to
produce the stipple effect. One way is to set
the psi on your air compressor down to just
a couple of pounds of pressure. The low psi
results in incomplete atomization of the paint
and your airbrush will spray large paint specks. The other way is to
bounce the paint off of one object onto the surface of another. For
example using a popsicle stick as the object you are going to bounce
paint from, you would place the airbrush nozzle assembly right up
next to the end of the popsicle stick. The closer you place the airbrush
nozzle to the end of the stick, the finer the spray will be. The farther
away from the end you place it, the larger the spray will be. Angle the
popsicle stick and airbrush so that when you spray the paint, it will
bounce off of the popsicle stick and onto your work surface.
inspiration: i have an airbrush,
now what do i do?
When you are first learning to use your airbrush, just spray the
paint onto scrap paper, newsprint, cardboard, whatever. Become
familiar with how the tool works. Learn how to use the trigger.
Experiment with the air pressure. Release varying amounts of paint
while fluctuating the air pressure. Spray close to your paper and then
far away, to see how the spray pattern changes. Learn how to change
colors. Learn how to clean your airbrush between colors. After you
become comfortable with how your airbrush operates, you can try to
get a little more creative. Below are some basic airbrush exercises
that you should master.
dots
Try to spray dots. You can create these by holding the airbrush
close to your work surface, releasing the air and spraying the paint
in a quick blast, without moving your hand. The farther you are from
your work surface, the larger the dot will be.
lines
Practice creating thin lines by getting close to your surface, using
a very light amount of air pressure and releasing a small amount
of paint. Keep the air pressure and volume of paint being sprayed
consistent, while moving the airbrush steadily from left to right or top
to bottom. To keep from having a blob of paint at the beginning or
end of your line, start moving your hand before you start spraying and
stop moving your hand after you stop spraying.
dagger strokes
If you vary the distance between the airbrush and your work
surface, while spraying and simultaneously moving your hand parallel
to the surface, you will create dagger stroke. This a great technique to
learn for forming letters in script.
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frequently asked questions
Where can I purchase Testors Aztek
airbrushes, compressors and paints?
Testors products are available nationwide at all Michaels, select
craft stores, art supply retailers, and online merchants.
What is the advantage of using an
airbrush over a spray can?
You can’t possibly get the detail and accuracy of an airbrush from
a spray can. Depending upon the quality of your airbrush equipment,
the finish effect is very uniform and blends nicely. The fine spray
mist and precise control that an airbrush enables also results in
significantly less fumes in the air.
How do I clean my Aztek airbrush?
Aztek airbrushes are the most easy-to-clean airbrush systems on
the market. The innovative tip technology allows for you to clean the
accessories and NOT the airbrush body. You DO NOT disassemble
the body of an Aztek airbrush like you would a standard model. Clean
your airbrush after every use, optimally when the paint is still wet.
DO NOT IMMERSE THE AIRBRUSH BODY IN ANY THINNERS OR
CLEANERS, INCLUDING WATER. Soaking the airbrush in solvents
may damage some internal components, and removes the lubrication
needed for the tool to function properly.
For detailed cleaning tips and instructions, please refer to Question
#5 in the “FAQ” section found under “Help & Support” on Testors.com.
Click here for information.
What types of paints can be sprayed
through the airbrush?
Any paint can be sprayed through the airbrush as long as it can
be thinned to a flow-able consistency (such as that of milk) with the
appropriate thinner.
Can I spray different types of paint
through the same airbrush?
Yes, although you should thoroughly clean the airbrush between
paint types. This removes the residual paint and minimizes the
chances of cross contamination.
What air pressure level should I select
when airbrushing?
Start at a lower air pressure, around 10-15 psi. Spray the paint
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and gauge what type of finish you are
getting. Adjust the psi until you get your
desired “look”.
A higher pressure atomizes the paint
into finer droplets and helps to prevent
clogs, but it also can result in more
overspray and, since the paint droplets are
so tiny, they may dry too quickly.
A lower pressure results in less
overspray, more paint sticking to the
surface, and provides the artist with more
control over the volume of paint being
applied. However, it also results in a
courser finish since larger paint droplets
are being sprayed and clogging is more
apt to happen.
How do I prevent my
airbrush from clogging?
Use paints that are specifically
formulated for airbrushing. If using a
regular paint, thin the paint to the viscosity
of milk. If your paint is still clogging, strain
it or thin it a little more. You can also
increase your air pressure, or try cleaning
your airbrush, as specified above.
For stubborn clogs, use an airbrush
cleaning solution recommended for the
type of paint you are using and give your
airbrush a thorough cleaning.
Why are there different size
tips for the airbrush?
Different tip sizes enable the user to
achieve different size/volume sprays, to
airbrush different paint viscosities (thick or
thin), and to create a variety of special effects.
There are generally three tip categories to
choose from: fine, medium, heavy.
How do I remove your
paint from fabric or carpet?
If you have a paint that has just spilled,
water based acrylics will come up with
water. Blot out with water and keep rinsing,
followed by soapy water. For enamels,
try acetone nail polish remover or mineral
spirits; you will need to blot and not try
to scrub out. In both cases, it is tough to
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get paint completely out when you have a
porous substrate. Fabric can be even more
difficult because certain types of fabric can
react with solvents, like mineral spirits, and
can harm the fibers. It has been known to
remove the dye from fabric or carpet. Once
the paint has started to dry, it becomes
even more difficult to remove, and the
likelihood of getting all the paint removed
is not probable. Always test fabric with the
solvent in an area that won’t be seen in
case it does discolor the fabric.
airbrush trouble-shooting tips
airbrush will not spray
• The nozzle is not inserted tightly enough
and air is leaking into the paint line. Use the
cleaning wrench; tighten hand tight and
another ¼ turn with the nozzle wrench.
• The needle tip is bent. Replace with a new
nozzle.
• The nozzle is clogged with dried paint.
Remove and wash.
• Is the paint thin enough? Try cleaning out
all passageways of the airbrush and paint
cup, and thin the paint to the consistency
of whole milk.
• Check the compressor power. Are you
getting enough compressed air? If it’s
less than 18-20 psi, the airbrush may
not spray even enamels properly. If you
don’t know the pressure, you can add a
regulator to gauge your pressure.
• Check to see if the propellant or
compressor has been turned on. Is air
coming out of the nozzle when the trigger
is depressed?
• Pressure in your canister of propellant
may have dropped. Try placing your can
in a bowl with room-temperature water to
maintain a constant pressure and keep
the can from freezing up.
• Check airline for kinks.
• Check that there is a blanking plug in the
unused port.
• Check for paint in paint cup.
• Remove paint cup and blanking plug and
clean between ports.
• Install new nozzle and thoroughly clean
old one.
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• The nozzle is not inserted tightly enough and air is leaking into the
paint line. Use the cleaning wrench to re-tighten the nozzle.
• Paint buildup on the needle causes air to blow back into nozzle.
Clean the nozzle tip or replace (see cleaning instruction).
• The needle tip is bent. It cannot be fixed; replace nozzle.
intermittent spray
• Nozzle may not be tight enough, air is getting into the paint line and
air is being sprayed. Re-tighten nozzle.
• Build up on the needle is interrupting the spray (common with
acrylic paints). Thin the paint, reduce the air pressure and re-clean
the nozzles.
• Nozzle may be damaged. Closely inspect it for bent needles and
cracks (do not disassemble); try a new nozzle.
paint splits in line
• Nozzle needs cleaning, re-clean nozzle and air cap. Paint may be
building up on the side walls.
• Make sure that the paint and nozzle type match.
• Check consistency of media, re-mix if necessary. Poorly mixed or
lumpy paint goes through an airbrush at irregular speed.
• Moisture may be coming from compressor; you may need a
moisture trap.
• Nozzles may be damaged, replace if necessary.
paint sprays continually
• Roller is too far open, adjust roller setting to loosen trigger.
• Nozzle needs cleaning, or it could be damaged. Removing the
needle and spring can stretch; this causes the nozzle not to shut out.
• May have internal airbrush issues, will need to be returned to Testors
for testing.
spider spray pattern
• Air pressure is too great for paint and nozzle, lower psi.
• Paint is too thin for selected pressure and nozzle.
• Wrong nozzle for paint and pressure setting, try another nozzle.
• Airbrush is too close to the surface being sprayed.
reverse flow
The “Reverse Flow” or “Back Flow” method is common for most
other brands of airbrushes, however it should not be used with any
of the Aztek Airbrushes. Please do not use this method; the paint
should never be forced to flow through the airbrush body. Over
time, paint may build up on the control mechanism and cause it to
fail. The only parts that need to be cleaned are the nozzles and the
nozzle housing.
If the airbrush still doesn’t work, you can contact Customer
Service for assistance or return the airbrush for evaluation. (See
instructions on returning airbrush).
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