PAGE 9 - HOW TO AIRBRUSH ON LEATHER
FIRE EAGLE ON A LEATHER VEST USING THE BADGER PATRIOT 105
HOW TO AIRBRUSH A FIRE EAGLE ON LEATHER.
This is a quick " How to " with some basic information about airbrushing Leather. I do not have photo support for every detail, so some of this tutorial will give explanation without detailed photos. If you have done any airbrushing at all, you will get the main idea of How To do a Leather Project. For this Project I am using the BADGER PATRIOT 105 Airbrush. View the BADGER AIRBRUSH PAGE OF MY SITE FOR INFO. OF WHERE TO PURCHASE AT A GREAT PRICE.
In this first photo you can see I have laid out my Leather Vest on a shirt board, and have taped the very edge seams. I also use shirt clamps to keep it taught on the board. One of the first things I have done is Cleaned the vest with rubbing alchohol. There are leather cleaning agents made specifically for this and it would probably be better to use them so as not to dry out the leather . This is my personal vest and I basically wanted to do the eagle on it, and show you how the Badger patriot 105 performs. If this was a customers vest, I would have prepped it with leather cleaner.
I made a copy of the eagle that I wanted to put on the vest. As you can see in the photo I am using Saral Transfer Paper. You can purchase this at many local art supply stores. I lay the Saral Paper on the vest , then I tape my photo over the Saral Paper to begin a basic copy. I am not going to copy this eagle exactly , I am just laying out the eyes and a few Things from the photo to get the position correct. The rest of this will be free hand and stencils. I will then use my own technique to paint my version of this eagle.
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I used a Pen to trace over some of the photo. I basically laid out the eyes, beak, and a few lines to distinguish the eagle head and a few features
Here is the basic outline I will be using to start the Airbrush Project
Here I have layed out my design using some stencil effects and freehanding the art with the airbrush.
This is one of the stencils I used to create some of the fire licks
Krylon acrylic clear coat - Sorry for the bad photo
After I felt satisfied with the artwork, I then used some Krylon acrylic clear coat from my local K-mart store. There are some better top coats you can use for artwork on leather, Badger has some top coat clear and you can coat the art with it for wear protection. I have heard of some other products that are used for leather. You must use one that will bend a little and is designed for this kind of paint. Auto clear would not be suitable and could damage the artwork and the vest.
SPRAYING ON THE kRYLON CLEAR COAT
I generally give the artwork about three coats of the clear. The first coat is a mist coat. I wait about 10 minutes or so ( usually in at least 65 to 70 degree room temp. ) I then give a good medium wet coat. I wait about 10 more minutes and then the last heavy coat. This has always worked for me. I have found that after a season or two of use the art may need another coat of clear. Maybe using a clear specifically designed for leather would be the better way to go. This tutorial was to show you how to apply paint to leather and How well the Badger Patriot 105 airbrush performs.
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