Did you really expect that I could have a whole month of How Tos, Tuts and Giveaways WITHOUT some Copic tuts? Well, we’re going to have a whole week of fun! I’m happy to have some help in the big undertaking this week by some girls that you might know… Zoe, Amy and Melissa! Copic Queens all 3! I’m looking forward to what they have to share!
Today its my turn though and I have a little share about the Copic ABS, AirBrush System.
I finally got my hands on the ABS-2 set! I had used it at my Copic Certification class but never had one at home. The instructions on the box aren’t fabulous but the paper inside has a nice picture but there are a couple points that pictures may help 🙂
The ABS-2 comes with the Copic Airgrip and a small can of compressed air. I’m saying small because it has about 7-8 minutes of air in there, it may not sound like alot but it can get you far! Also, if you’re not sure if you’ll enjoy airbrushing its a great place to start because you can by bigger cans or go up to an actual compressor using the airgrip included (plus some bits sold separately of course).
Getting set up to airbrush away is really simple with this set too. Well they all are but this one is akin to plug and play 🙂
Once you get your goodies out of the box and do a little giddy dance (I did… just assuming you will too :mrgreen:) You’ll take the air grip and the upwrapped, unlidded can or air.
The two are made to go together so screw it on but not SUPER tight, snug though. Screwing it too tight may cause leaks or damage to the can or airgrip.
Now if you’re anything like me you play a good minute of bang bang cowboy with your new awesome gun to “make sure” the air is coming out. After that its time to pick a marker (original or sketch) and get ready to play!
You’ll insert the broad end of your marker into the airgrip with the point up top.
The air will come out of the silver point and blow across the tip. There is a slight room for adjustment with the marker (backwards and forwards) after it “clips” in. Too far back and you won’t get any color and too far forward you’ll get an uneven, speckley spray… which can be good! Depending on what you’re going for 🙂
After that you are ready to pick a target or “project” and get your spray on! Airbrushing can use alot of ink if you are really layering it on, just be aware . For this example I’m going to spray these wood veneer buttons from Studio Calico.
Hold your Airgrip (gun hehe) at about a 45 degree angle. For these little buttons I had to put a dot of adhesive on the back so they didn’t blow away… some good air pressure in that lil can!
I sprayed with BG15, RV04 and Y35. Love how you can still see the woodgrain after they’ve been sprayed! They have a shimmery look to them too. Doesn’t the paper I put down look cool? Masking is another fun to do with the airbrushing! No clumping like some sprays, a bonus 🙂 You can airbrush any of the same things you might color with your copics… paper, glass, buttons, brads, wood, chipboard, transparencies, paper flowers, twine, masking tape, etc etc etc. Really pretty much anything you can think of!
I then just used the buttons on a quicky like project.
Now I have a matching embellie for my card! I would keep the box the system comes in for easy and safe storage too. Unscrew, pop the cap back on the can of air and back in the box.
Being Copic week and all we NEED a giveaway! So I have a Copic ABS-2 to giveaway to a lucky commenter!
To be entered to win you must tell me what you would airbrush with it. Be creative and specific! You can enter all the way thru October 29th and we’ll announce the winner on Oct 31 in our massive candy winners post 🙂 Don’t forget too to link up in the badge linky party up top on the right for a chance to win some random candy! Our first random candy winner was Denise! I’m going to be sending her out a suprise gifty in the mail real soon! You could be next so just grab the badge and link up!
See you back here bright eyed and bushy tailed for some more Copic goodness!