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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.

YOU MAY LEFT CLICK ANY PHOTO FOR A LARGER VIEW

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

I used the white Saral tracing  sheet. You can use different colors but since I will be first painting this eagle with white paint, it is best to do the tracing lay out with the white Saral sheet.

Here is the basic outline I will be using to start the Airbrush Project

The outline you see is what is on the vest after I traced using the Saral white  transfer sheet. I will now begin  airbrushing with  Badger Spectra Paint, using the White Opaque Paint and The Badger 105 Patriot Airbrush. This Airbrush works very well,  and the paint flows very well through this airbrush.The trigger action is smooth, The lines are tight, and this makes  doing any airbrush work easier.I recomment the Badger Patriot  105 airbrush to any  airbrush artist.

Here I have layed out my design using some stencil effects and freehanding the art with the airbrush.

I have used stencil to do some of the fire licks , I have also used the airbrush in free hand , meaning I airbrushed what my  vision was  of how the  eagle should look without using stencil in all areas. You can  look at the Photo for a reference guide as you paint.. I wanted a little bit of blue in my painting, I then used the Badger Spetratex paint, I chose a Light colored blue transparent  to  soflty spray in some blue into the art where I thought it would look the best. Not too heavy,  but  just  fade it in.

This is one of the stencils I used to create some of the fire licks

After getting the white and the blues pretty much where I wanted it all , and I was satisfied with the eagle. I then used Spectratex Opaque Black to go back over the darker areas for definition. I also re painted the black in the eyes etc...  I then went back over the areas that needed white highlites such as the eyes and  other  white spots that needed a little more glow.

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.

I have been custom painting for over 20 years. I have painted t-shirts, leather , Murals on garages , walls, portraits on canvas, custom show winning autos, and much more...

please contact me for more info.

 

sincerely

CUZ

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