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Beginner

Inspirational Poster

Supplies
  • MAKERX Air Brush
  • MAKERX Heat Gun
  • Blank Watercolor Paper Cards 
  • High Flow Acrylic or Airbrush Specific Paints
  • Embossing Pens (black & clear recommended)
  • Embossing Powder in color of choice (shown in gold)
  • Pencil

Step by Step Instructions

Painting the Poster

1. Set up your painting area.

2. Following MAKERX Air Brush instructions, load the paint reservoir with the color of your choice. Since this is a relatively small piece, you don’t need to fill it all the way.

3. Begin painting the paper, don’t worry about the details, this is just the first layer, you can add more colors and details as you go!

  1. TIP: To avoid muddy colors, keep these combinations in mind:
    • Warm: red, orange, yellow
    • Cool: blue, green, purpleColor Combinations: (blue + yellow = green, yellow + red = orange, blue + red = purple)

4. For extra detail you can:

  1. Add random brush strokes.
  2. Lightly tap your brush across the surface to add speckles.

5. To change colors, thoroughly exhaust the current color, and rinse the reservoir with water. Add the new color to the reservoir and spray on scrap paper or cardboard until the color sprays true. (For an interesting ombre effect, you can spray directly on the paper, keeping in mind that it’s hard to predict exactly when the paint will change color.)

6. Allow the paint to completely dry before moving to the next step.

Writing the Message

1. With pencil, lightly write your message. It’s helpful to practice on scrap paper, so your hands get used to the movement of the script. You can also treat it more like a sketch, adjusting lines as needed. Be sure to write lightly until you’re satisfied- it’s much easier to erase!

2. Using the embossing pen, trace over the pencil, and add any desired flourishes. (We recommend using the black ink to start with, so you can see the lines easier.)

3. Gently pour embossing powder over the ink.

4. Let sit for a few minutes, following the pen’s instructions for best results.

5. Gently tap excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper.

6. If there’s powder clinging to your card, gently brush it off with a dry paint brush .

7. Carefully pour the excess powder back into the container.

8. Holding the Heat Gun a few inches above the embossed area, turn the pack on. Start moving the Heat Gun in slow, circular movements. The embossing powder will start to melt, as it does, move along the word, keeping the Heat Gun moving constantly.

 

9. Repeat embossing steps for remaining words.

  1. TIP: If you find that the embossing powder didn’t apply evenly, you can trace back over it with the clear pen, repeating the steps for the first layer (draw, cover, dry, remove excess powder, melt) for improved coverage.