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AB on glass10/28/2014Ellen Choate
  Q: I really want to airbrush portraits on wineglasses, i know that i have to clean the glass first, ...
  A: Jenn. I have to say I've only done one project on glass, and it was an interior window that didn't ...
Dangers of airbrushing.7/9/2014Ellen Choate
  Q: I am curious to know all the safety precautions of airbrushing. For example is proper room ...
  A: First of all, let me say that for some reason this question never showed up in my email and I only ...
which Airbrush?7/7/2013Ellen Choate
  Q: I am a photo realism artist, pen/pencil and graffiti with experience in tattoos. Recently I used a ...
  A: J. I've been doing a little research on the compressor section of your question and I just found my ...
Iwata airbrush needle problem5/9/2013Ellen Choate
  Q: I have the iwata eclipse and when i press down and forward its only suppose to shoot air not paint ...
  A: It could be a couple things, Nick. The most likely cause is your cone (also called the nozzle, part ...
airbrushing on glass5/2/2013Ellen Choate
  Q: I am a specialist painter and muralist in the traditional way.I am new to airbrushing. How exciting! ...
  A: Susan! This is an easy one, I think. I painted a glass panel that was set into the wall at a hair ...
airbrushing on pastries2/22/2013Ellen Choate
  Q: I'm a professional pastry chef with no experience in airbrushing.My boss recently took me to France ...
  A: Well, first of all, lucky you to have such a cool career and such a boss! I will tell you that I ...
Airbrush paint2/2/2013Ellen Choate
  Q: What kind of paint do i use for airbrushing?Acrylic or water paint?
  A: It depends on what you're painting. If it's paper or canvas, either one will work. If you're ...
Assembled wrong?10/13/2012Ellen Choate
  Q: I've just started airbrushing and read that every now and then you should soak your airbrush in ...
  A: Greg. In order to answer your question, I think I need a little more info. What brand and model of ...
makin moolah..7/15/2011Donna Evans
  Q: How can I turn my skill into money that the government can still agree on my making? I have been ...
  A: I see you are in Canada, I am in the States so I don't know how your business laws work. I can ...
Air tanks3/29/2011Ellen Choate
  Q: Ellen, I was wondering how much airbrushing can be done with a filled ten gallon air tank? Can I ...
  A: Jim. I'll answer to the best of my ability on this one. I haven't airbrushed with a tank in years, ...
Iwata Eclipse siphon feed11/13/2010Donna Evans
  Q: When I depress the trigger, no air comes through the unit. The gun has been cleaned thoroughly! ...
  A: Robert This is a bottom feed airbrush. The way to check the airflow is first, if you remove the ...
which airbrush, compressor to buy10/2/2010Donna Evans
  Q: I just recently bought unpainted plastic and metal models, dragon, knights on horseback, that ...
  A: Elinda, My advice is to check out this company I have dealt with for almost 20 years. they can send ...
Airbrushing8/6/2010Ellen Choate
  Q: I'm new to airbrushing. I just purchased the Paashe Talon Airbrush TG3 and Golden acrylic ready to ...
  A: Tracie. I'll need a little more information before I can fully answer your question, but here are ...
Airbrushing Cocoa Butter7/31/2010Ellen Choate
  Q: I'm using colored, melted cocoa butter as 'paint' with my Iwata Eclipse. The cocoa butter must be at ...
  A: Mark! I don't have specific experience with cocoa butter airbrushing, but I think everything is ...
airbrush air flow8/22/2009Donna Evans
  Q: I have a master airbrush model s62 which is brand new. The problem i am having is the air flow is ...
  A: It may be the paint bottle. Make sure the cap of the bottle has an unobstructed hole. I try to make ...
iwata eclipse hp-bcs repair7/30/2009Ellen Choate
  Q: . i as i but it back together i notice that when i but the button back in it is pushing the little ...
  A: Terrell. I tried to recreate this problem with my Iwata since I've never run into this, and I ...
Paint4/13/2009Ellen Choate
  Q: I am starting with airbrush and looking for information what is the best paint to receive the ...
  A: I'm very sorry for the delay in answering you; I did not receive notice of this question until ...
one shot paints4/9/2009Ellen Choate
  Q: Can use you one shot lettering paints for airbrush use? And how would you thin them? ...
  A: You sure can. Thin them with the 1-Shot reducer to about the consistency of cream, or whatever ...
Airbrush not spraying.12/14/2008Ellen Choate
  Q: I have done Temporary airbrush tatooing for 4 years, previous to that I used to airbrush model kits ...
  A: I don't know if I can be of much help; I've never had this problem where it wasn't a blockage ...
Paint12/3/2008Donna Evans
  Q: I read from other articles that you should thin out your paint to the consistency of skim milk?, ...
  A: Paul Paint should be a consistancy of light cream as opposed to heavy cream. However,.. There maybe ...
paint8/26/2008Donna Evans
  Q: im repainting my motorcycle helmet, what would be the best paint to use?
  A: James, You can use any paint as long as you protect it with an Automotive clear coating. I use ...
iwata eclipse airbrush5/24/2008Ellen Choate
  Q: the airbrush is clogged and is not working properly. The paint comes out from the paidnt side. ...
  A: Okay. The most likely thing is a clog in the cone or head assembly. Take the head assembly apart ...
acrylic paint12/25/2007Ellen Choate
  Q: when using an airbrush with water based acrylic paint are the any dangers, inhaling fumes etc.etc.
  A: Well, nothing as far as fumes, but you still have a lot of overspray floating around in the air ...
protect from spray painting12/3/2007Ellen Choate
  Q: i want to spray paint body of my mobile instrument. there are few areas on the body in center of the ...
  A: By "mobile instrument" I'm guessing you mean a cell phone-type device, right? For the ones I've ...
Airbrush8/15/2007Ellen Choate
  Q: I bought a new airbrush and the problem I had was that the trigger began to stay down which meant I ...
  A: Alan. What kind of airbrush do you have, not that it makes that much difference. I have noticed ...
Airbrusing Laptop7/17/2007Ellen Choate
  Q: Okay, I want to paint my laptop. I have a spare broken laptop, so that will be my test subject. ...
  A: Oscar, I'm sorry to be so long in getting back to you. I'm going to have to do some further ...
What paints do I use for t-shirts???2/7/2007Ellen Choate
  Q: ) i was woundering when doing t-shirt designing (using stencils or freehand) what kind of paint do i ...
  A: There are several brands of paint made for t-shirts. Which one you use is largely a matter of ...
Etching12/17/2006Ellen Choate
  Q: You helped me once before, regarding flocking. Iím almost finished with the completion of the ...
  A: Sure do. It's called Chartpak transfer lettering. They've been around forever; it's how graphics ...
Short cuts...11/7/2006Ellen Choate
  Q: My brother and I are "natural" artist/self-taugh and have begun to move in that direction as a ...
  A: I know what you're asking; I'm not sure how much I can help here. I'm afraid it's not going to be a ...

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I can answer questions relating to basic and advanced airbrushing technique, general how-tos, preparation and compatible media for different substrates, proper paint-to-air ratios, troubleshooting, color theory, maintenance and repair, stencil cutting and use, and most other areas relating to airbrush. I'll be posting tutorials in the future if that would be helpful, and if possible.

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I learned to airbrush the hard way, watching and collaborating with people who didn't know much more than I did. Later I got instruction from people who knew what they were doing and learned what I had been doing wrong. I have been airbrushing for over 30 years; the first two years were in an amusement park painting as fast as I could, often for 12 hours a day, six days a week. You get good real fast. I have painted on almost everything imaginable, from walls to a bus to prosthetic limbs.

Education/Credentials
I studied art at the University of Texas at Arlington for three years but haven't made the time to complete my now obsolete "graphic arts" degree. We did layouts and color separations by hand, thank you very much. It has served me well, but not in the way I expected.

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