Thursday, 8 May 2008

Little pots of paint

I haven't done much in the way of airbrushing for a while, so I thought I'd haul out my mini compressor and have a play this afternoon. Airbrushing is a great way to add extra interest to a bear and once you're confident with your equipment, imagination is your only limitation ... or so I'm told!

I'm about to start work with some sage green and pale cream mohair and want some pretty paw pads to complement my mohair. Incidentally, the paw pads are cream UltraSuede, but wool felt would accept the paint just as well, if not better. I didn't have the exact shades of ink/acrylic paint I needed, which meant I had to mix what I did have available until I reached a satisfactory outcome.

Preparation (I've been painting eyes too!)

Suitable paints and inks

It's all in the mix ...

Using a pipette to transfer the mixed paint to my airbrush

First colour application

Second application and finished paw pads

There's no magic formula for airbrushing paw pads in this simple way, it really is just a case of 'point and shoot' until you achieve what you were hoping for. A steady hand helps too! If all goes according to plan, these particular paw pads should soon be featured on a new 18" bear ... watch this space!

As you can see, my airbrushing skills are very basic, so if you would like to see the work of a true master, please spare a moment to visit Judi Paul's blog at Judi's airbrush work is amazing!


  1. Hi Paula!
    I never thought of airbrushing paw pads before sewing!! File this under "Learn something new every day!" I've always done all the airbrushing at the end. I'll have to give your method a whirl!!

    Hugs and hugs, Aleta

  2. Hi Paula,

    Looking forward to seeing your finished bear -
    those colours are so nice.


  3. I'm getting there Carolyn, not long now! Glad you like the colours ... I think they are pretty and fresh.

    Ah Aleta, I always used to airbrush last too, but I started doing it this way round and much prefer it ... less messy and less danger of disaster too! LOL!


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