• 1). Research airbrush equipment to find which kind suits your needs (see Resources below). Purchase the highest quality airbrush you can--really cheap ones lead to instant frustration. Don't spend a lot of money on an air source--look into renting a compressor from an equipment supply company.

    • 2). Protect your work area with drop cloths, or at least newspapers. Airbrushing is messy business, and you don't want to spray your walls or floor by accident. Also, make sure your work space is well ventilated.

    • 3). Buy a pre-cut stencil, or cut your own out of Mylar or another stencil material. Lightly spray the back of the stencil with adhesive and let it sit a few minutes. Place the back of the stencil flat on your surface to avoid under spraying. Tape off the surrounding area so it won't get over sprayed.

    • 4). Spray the stencil. When it's dry, take off the tape and carefully remove the stencil. Touch up any under spray with the color of the base surface--for example, if you're spraying on a red wall, touch up with red paint.

    • 5). Clean your airbrush with water during use. When you're done with your project, use a commercial cleaner from an arts and crafts store, or make a water-ammonia mixture. Rinse the airbrush with water when you're through cleaning it.

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