Welcome! Yesterday I shared a project featuring Pantone's Color of the Year, Greenery, which is very close to Copic YG25. I took pictures as I worked on the airbrushed background in case anyone asked to see them today, so, Mary and Trudie--this one's for YOU!
I started with a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of X-Press It Blending Card, a Copic B23 Sketch marker, X-Press It Mask It, and my Copic Airbrush System. (I was using the sheets of Mask It, but I will probably purchase a roll next time since I don't necessarily need a specific sheet size.)
After I peeled the backing off of my X-Press It Mask It, I laid it carefully, sticky side down, onto my paper JUST BENEATH where I wanted my horizon line to be. I knew that I would not need the full quarter sheet of cardstock, but I usually give myself more airbrushed area than I think I'll need in case I change my mind. The picture above shows what the cardstock looked like after I laid down a coat of B23 and removed the mask that covered the water area.
I will mask the sky off before I airbrush the water, making sure that the sky is dry before I lay a mask on it. If the sky is not completely dry (or if I have over-inked it and it feels sticky), the mask can sometimes peel up paper. So, be sure it's dry before you lay Mask It on an area. If I have any doubts about whether it is dry enough, I let it dry some more. Alternatively, on a straight line like this, I sometimes use a large Post-It note, which is not as sticky as the X-Press It Mask It. But especially if I have an intricate shape, I find that the Mask It gives me a cleaner line than a Post-It. There is a time and place for BOTH products.
Helpful Hints: If you are having problems getting smooth coverage with your airbrush, chances are that it has to do with the way you move your hands. Remember, you control your application by (1) how hard you depress the trigger, (2) how close you are to the paper, and (3) how you move your hand. Smooth, steady hand movements that go past the edges of your paper will give you much better results than jerky, tense, quick hand movement. (Try swinging gently from the elbow rather than the wrist.) Always practice on a scrap sheet to be sure that you have good ink flow, plenty of ink, and your marker positioned in the Air Grip correctly.
Here I have masked the sky area, as well as masking the shore line. The only unmasked area that you see in the picture above is the water. See my yellow Post-It note there? I was running short on Mask-It, so I didn't have as much length on the shore side as I needed. I masked my curvaceous shore line with Mask It, and then I extended the straight edge of my mask with a large Post It note. Those little things on either side of the Post It are strong magnets to help hold it in place on my Craft Assistant/magnetic board.
Here you can see that my sky mask is still in place, but I removed the shoreline mask so that you could see the clean edge that Mask It will give you. When I cut this shore line, I saved BOTH pieces--both the part that would cover water, and the part that would cover shoreline--so that I would have curves that fit together like a puzzle.
In this picture, both the sky and the water are covered with X-Press It Mask It. The water looks so green because of the yellow overspray on the mask.
With all of the Mask-It peeled off, here is my almost-finished background--VERY simple to create. I am using only a small portion of this background in a circular shape, but i could just as easily use almost the whole sheet.
I went a little further, knowing that I needed some foam on my shoreline. I used my White Kirarina Wink pen to stipple some foam on the leading edge of my water, as well as hint at a couple of waves farther from the shoreline. While it was still wet, I sprinkled glitter on as well. (Sorry--if I have glitter handy, I can't help myself. . .)
I want to be clear that this is a very simple way to create a shoreline. You could spend a lot more time and mask for waves and create clouds and tone down the colors, but I knew that I was using it with a whimsical stamp set (MFT Polynesian Paradise). Clean and simple with bold color works just fine for that! If you have invested in an airbrush system for your Copics, the main thing is to USE IT. I can assure you that you won't improve and gain confidence as long as it sits in the box. . . mocking you. . . (I can say that because I've had my fair share of boxes around here that I try to remember why I thought I couldn't live without.) So, open the box. Try it. You've got this--really!
Thanks for stopping by today,