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Post by sweetdesigninc on Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:46 pm

I am both a face painter and airbrush tattoo artist and curious if anyone on the forum is airbrush face painting. It looks pretty cool. I would have to get a whole other set up if I went that route cause I would want to keep the two separate would be really bad to face paint something that would last 3-7 days and take alcohol to get off. Shocked
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Post by miahna on Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:12 pm

I also do airbrush and purchased the face painting stuff along with my airbrush kit originally. I have only used the airbrush face paint one time because it is hard to switch between the two. Not only do you have to have enough guns to accomidate all the paint but your psi is different when doing faces. I would say that if you are already face painting, stick with that. So much easier to do, skip the hassle of cleaning airbrushes, which in my experience the water based paint dried and clogged my airbrushes much faster then the alcohol.
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Post by sweetdesigninc on Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:26 pm

This is where I would have a different set up for the face painting airbrush. Will be the future when I decide to go there. With as hot as it is here in FL face painting has taken a back seat to the airbrush tattoos I love both.
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Post by sweetdesigninc on Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:21 am

I am actually looking into getting a compressor set that only goes up to 15 psi so that wouldn't be a problem and it is a lot less expensive than my tatt set. I am seriously considering this move soon. Just adding another element to what we do. I have 3 workers in my booth so that is not a problem either.
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Post by ladysinaz on Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:46 pm

I do airbrush tattoos and am getting set up for airbrush face painting.
I'm going to have a completely separate set of guns for the FP than i use for the tattoos.
I wouldn't do Brush and Airbrush at the same event.. Each has it's place.
I will be using bottle fed for tats and FP, but will need a gravity fed for body/FP of higher quality.. photo shoots and what not. The airbrush make up comes in perfect little bottles to just use a few drops.

I'm doing bottle fed for regular FP for speed.
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Post by leapinglizards on Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:35 pm

I do some AB face painting. I prefer to shoot with co2 Vs a compressor as here in Florida, with 3 moisture traps I still got water in the line. I LOVE the vibe liquid paint, and Graftobian.

Note- Insurance can be tricky. Many don't like the idea of compressed air by a child's eyes. Make sure your carrier includes it.

I still like to whip out the brush for lining, although I do more and more with the airbrush and an index card now adays.

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Post by Noella on Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:47 pm

I do both.... at last count I had something close to 50 airbrushes, 3 compressors I like using at events (vs doing makeup), and co2 tanks.

The only time I get "everything" out (including glitter tats, airbrush for both tats and facepaint, and brushwork for both) is when I've sold an event on "if you hire us for 5 we can combine and do all of this" or at a festival when we are scrambling for a line and have 5 or so of us there to work it. As one person I don't flip back and forth that much....
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Post by VictoriaS on Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:40 am

Thanks to Noella's suggestions, I've gone the paintball co2 route for airbrushing. I'm still getting used to it with airbrush tattoos. I'm attempting airbrush glitter tattoos this weekend. After trying out other guns, I took a leap of faith and got the zero g II after lots of research. It's a big upfront cost, but not unlike getting tons of guns. But, with this no cleaning and easy/fast color swap, no paint wasting, small set up, etc. I like it so far at home. Road testing it this weekend.
My next steps are to finish my set up to allow airbrush face painting. It's too humid in the summer here not to have the option. It would be a matter of getting some more bottles of water based paint and possibly stencils, but I can still use one zero g gun. I don't like to have to use stencils, but leapinglizards pointed out he uses the edge of a card. I'd like to get to that point. I need more practice.
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Post by teshca on Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:09 am

I can't wait for your review of the zero g ll Very Happy I have been tetering on buying this for a month now. I have a big airbrush set up for my art painting and do rapid change bottom fed for this. It would be ok for full body paints but for quick faces and airbrush tats it is big and bulky. I think I will look into a portable battery/ power compressor too as I don't do big events. Can anyone recommend one?

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Post by VictoriaS on Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:30 pm

I'll post a mini review because I think I need a few more field tests.
Customers and kids were stoked- which is good. I has some difficulty knowing how much to rotate the cartridge to open it up. I had some spurts because it would seem to get clogged. Now, this was quickly remedied by letting go of the trigger and pressing again or wiping the nozzle on my hand. But, I think I might have been doing something wrong. So, there is a learning curve and I expected that based on reviews. As for changing colors, I could do it with one hand no problem and that's what I wanted. Setting up the paint bottle holder took a minute, but it was my first time. Clean up was fast compared to anything else I do. I'm going to be using it again soon and will provide update. I'm also going to test out the spray adhesive from EBA. I just used the ink and pro endura to seal.

An aside. I came up withe cutest airbrush tattoos/freehand glitter tats. They took me longer but were a big hit. That's what I get for wearing freehand glitter tats. I wish I took pics.
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Post by Sweet Loretta on Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:12 pm

I have been airbrush face painting (and teaching it) for many years. Most my airbrush artists prefer doing face art with and airbrush rather than classic brush. Within my company we giving our airbrush face art a shot of new energy. We have some new venues for it next spring-summer-fall. I am offering training every Tuesday on airbrush face painting. Each day focuses on a certain theme. This way we'll have all our designs in place, new stencils cut and be ready with speed.

Airbrush face painting need not be limited to set face art stencil sets (like Stencil Eyes, which we love). Airbrush face painting can be very creative, vibrant and fun. And yes it can be much more durable than classic face art.
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Post by seekorka on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:07 pm

I make only airbrush bodypainting - not facepainting.
And really like to make airbrush tattoo Smile
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Post by ladysinaz on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:45 pm

I was looking at the zero G but decided against it.. i was watching promo videos and to me it seems like it takes longer to switch colors than i like.
I have a separate gun for each color.. i stick to the primary 3, black, white and now adding the pro endura sealer. So 6 guns max.. i mix the colors on the skin.

When i am working and trying to fumble around for colors while holding a stencil, i was as little fumbling as possible.. drop a gun , pick up he next.

Face painting though i think i will have more guns/ colors not as much mixing on the skin for like pinks and purples
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Post by VictoriaS on Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:49 pm

Yeah, I didn't have a multi-gun set up to compare to. I have just used a few guns at a time in the past. If you have a set up you like I don't see why you wouldn't stick with it. I like the advantages of quick color changes, quick setup/clean up, small kit. There not a lot of parts to worry about...

I wish I was in CA so I could go to some of Loretta's classes.
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Post by thouartbeautiful on Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:32 am

I'm bringing this topic back, and doing some home work on paint. Water based vs alcohol based, brands and such. Any suggestions on what to try first? Planning on using an iwata gravity fed double action gun. I've seen such a range on product, been looking at Wolfe and Mehron so far but there are so many differences I was hoping for a little outside input. Thanks.
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Re: Is anyone airbrush face painting?

Post by VictoriaS on Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:36 pm

Some may disagree, but I found the gravity-fed airbrushes to be annoying while working with customers. They are for small jobs. I never use mine any more. You want something where you can change colors easier.
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Post by thouartbeautiful on Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:56 pm

We do have some that are the siphon style and may have to invest into a gun specifically for FP, but for now that's what we're working with. What is your favorite?
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Post by VictoriaS on Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:59 pm

I use Zero G for most things, but use the iwata revolution (I think) siphon feed for body painting.
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Post by thouartbeautiful on Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:06 pm

Good to know, do you have any preference to paint, alcohol/water based and what brands to try first?
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Post by fesspenter on Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:00 pm

I have been experimenting with different brands.
Pashur prefers VIBE by EBA.
I wish Metina sold airbrush paint.

I am preferring the alcohol based paint… less clogging.
I am very happy with Donna Nowak's Pro Aiire. Good coverage in most colours. Product does not separate as easily as other brands. Less "fog" in the air when air brushing.

Try a few different brands to see which works best for you.

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Post by thouartbeautiful on Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:37 pm

Thank you Fess, that's what I was wanting to hear. I was thinking alcohol based paint would be the better choice for not clogging and such but wasn't feeling confident on that decision.
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Post by leapinglizards on Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:28 am

Water based- I prefer Vibe and use Gravity fed airbrushes. I used to use Iwata, but switched to Talons as they parts were less expensive and the nozzle bigger.

Hibrids- Wolfe is OK but very limited colors. Graftobian is the BEST but pricey.

Alcohol- Not for face. Endura is great but smells like cherry cough syrup. Temptu is best and has wide range of colors. Phoennix inxx- Really nice quality product- hard to purachase.

An ultrasonic Cleaner WILL be your best friend.

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Post by anniel on Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:05 pm

I had an airbrush years ago (Iwata) and finally just gave it away as I was too unfocused to put it back together after cleaning it...(short attention span?!).

Looking at the G2....gosh, if you don't have to clean it...kind of rethinking the airbrush thingy. Any thoughts?
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Post by Amy M on Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:46 pm

I love pro aiir hybrid paint.  The price is not bad and it last longer than graftobein.  
Would love the zero G, but been using the Iwata eclipse guns.
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Post by VictoriaS on Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:06 pm

thouartbeautiful wrote:Good to know, do you have any preference to paint, alcohol/water based and what brands to try first?

I prefer hybrid for airbrush face painting; I use a couple of brands. I only use water-based airbrush makeup if it is a photo shoot where no water is involved and it doesn't need to last too long. I use vibe water-based.

Oh for temp tats I use Endura.
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