That is right! We are going global with shipping in our Etsy store! You can now order from anywhere in the world! Neat huh? Go check out this link to buy! We are also launching our crowdfunding campaign to buy some new equipment and supplies to keep up with the increase in sales that you can donate to here! We are super excited!
You asked and we heard!
We've received a lot of requests to offer hooded sweatshirts lately, especially with the cold weather rolling into our home base of Pennsylvania. So, we've added them to the website lineup! You can now purchases hoodies for any standard or custom design you desire!
As always, other colors are available upon request. Only our "Pink Power" design - for breast cancer awareness - is available with an additional color option for the time being.
Also by popular request, we have made baby onesies available for all standard designs that can be fit onto one without sacrificing detail or quality.
Fun stuff happening you guys! Our products are going to be featured in a new store opening up called Urban Xpression in strawberry square in downtown Harrisburg! We currently have some items there that you can buy, and you can also ask for contact info for custom orders! We are super excited for this awesome opportunity that was made available to us! There will be a grand opening celebration on Thursday August 14th at noon. The shop is located right next to the Auntie Anne's Pretzel shop on the main floor. There will be live music and lots of other fun stuff! Here is the link to the Facebook event! Hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/678169452274266/?source=1
We've made a YouTube Channel! Cool! You can find us at our channel, here!
There are a whole lotta plans for our YouTube.
One of the advantages this is going to provide is that now all forms of web orders can be treated to something that currently only our live event customers get; the chance to see their shirt being created, just for them. For me it's one of the most special things about being an airbrush artist, and I'm super excited to be able to share this kind of thing.
You'll also be able to check out videos of us working on personal and custom shirts, which allows you a really cool insight into some of the techniques we use.
And every now and again you might catch a product review, recommendation, or other interesting art tidbit. It's all part of our mission to not only provide a quality product, but to make the experience of that product an enjoyable and engaging one for each and every customer.
Speed Paint 1
To kick off the channel, here's a cool time lapse video of Marie creating a GISHWHES shirt, featuring the team Iridium Salamanders. More like this to follow!
Every once in a while, Lauren and I find out about some new gadget or gizmo that will make our lives as artists easier. This week that particular item happened to be the Plaid 2 in one craft tool. Its part wood burner, part STENCIL CUTTER! I will put a link at the bottom so you guys can check it out for yourselves. Basically, its this nifty heat tool that comes with different tips you can screw on. You plug it in, wait 10 minutes for it to get heated up, then you can use it to cut stencils by drawing instead of using an xacto blade and cramping up. Its pretty neat! You have to make sure you put something down underneath it just in case it burns through like a mirror, or some wood, or cardboard. It works on pretty much everything too. So far we have used it on some pellon to make big stencils for shirts. It does smell kinda funky and burny so watch out for that and dont let the smoke in your eyes because that burns. TRUST ME. But all in all, its a great tool! Go try it out! I know I will be experimenting with the different tip sizes eventually. Yay technology!
Hello all, and welcome to the very first blog post of Beginner's Luck Airbrush, brought to your from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
When asking myself "What should our first blog post be about?" I didn't really have an answer. I've never kept a blog before. But I eventually decided why not shed a little light on the subject and answer some common questions about the products we offer and about airbrushed accessories in general?
So here we go...
Are These Permanent?
Surprisingly, I hear this question a lot. Maybe I take the understanding of airbrush for granted. Maybe it's because airbrush tattoos are NOT permanent. Maybe people just aren't familiar with the concept of a custom-made shirt.
Whatever the reason may be that this question surprises me, the answer is YES! Airbrush shirts will, of course, fade over the years just as a screenprinted shirt will peel or an embroidered logo will start to get loose threads. But airbrush shirts and the airbrush paints we use are heat-treated to be permanent. They do not wash out, and a shirt, hat, or other item will retain its quality for years to come!
How Do You Do That?
Answer: You must be one of the few chosen by the airbrush gods.
No, I'm kidding. It's actually a lot of hard work and practice. Airbrushing is kind of a cross between drawing and traditional painting. You must have a steady hand to draw a line or create a stroke, but you must have a grasp of colors and how they blend into one another to create new colors and traits such as depth or texture.
Your start-up cost might be a bit high to get into airbrushing; you'll need a gun (a beginner's model is $80-100) an air compressor ($100-300+) which you could also sub out for cans of propellant but this reduces quality as the flow is often inconsistent, and some paints. How many colors you need depends on your projects and personal taste, but expect to spend at least another $50 on a few colors (if you buy the 3oz. bottles). All-in-all, though, airbrushing is super-cool and with so many different applications, well worth exploring.
The gun itself works a little like this (we use dual-action, siphon-fed airbrushes at Beginner's Luck): the gun is hooked to an air compressor, which condenses the air so it is pressurized. Meanwhile, a bottle on the bottom of the airgun holds paint. When the trigger is pressed down, the pressurized air is released at high speed through the gun. This action pulls the paint up from the bottle and it sprays onto the shirt or other surface. Our dual-action guns allow us to control both the amount of air and the amount of paint flowing, which provides a bigger variety in lines and coverage for a quality product.
How Do I Clean/Wash This?
An important question, no doubt. Airbrush care is simple. For t-shirts, turn inside out and wash in a cold cycle. They are safe to wash with other garments, but please do not bleach airbrushed items. We recommend air-drying these items. Ironing is okay, and actually is probably good for your airbrush shirt in the long run (your standard household iron is how we set the paint). Iron the item as you would a normal cotton shirt (a low-medium heat setting).
For hats, spot-clean only with cold water. Do not steam clean or otherwise subject your hat to heavy-duty cleaning. It is, however, okay if your hat gets wet in say, the rain. The paint will not drip or run.
License plates are clear-coated, and as such can be wiped clean with a soft, dampened cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners on your airbrush license plate, and do not scrub with any cloth or scrubber that is rough as it can cause scratches. If your plate is subject to mud and grime exposure, or if you are concerned for it's lifespan, consider buying a plastic license plate cover.
What Products/Paints Do You Use?
Good question! For our standard setup, we use mainly Iwata airbrushes (although there are a few other brands in there such as Badger and Paasche) and we use SpectraTex airbrush paints. These are well suited for fabric and are non-toxic/water based. We do not use special candies, enamels, or acrylics unless a very particular project calls for them.
Co-founder and artist alongside Marie, enjoys the outdoors and art in many forms. Loves to share updates about what's new with Beginner's Luck.
Co-founder and artist alongside Lauren. Loves to share behind-the-scenes, product recommendations, and other cool tidbits about airbrushing.