Today we are looking at the Copic Airbrush system or ABS for short. The Copic ABS (Airbrush System) allows you to use your Copic Sketch or Original markers in new and exciting ways and provides an easy and relatively inexpensive way take your Copic art to the next level!
The Copic ABS is extremely simple to use, just attach the Airgrip to the Aircan (or compressor), insert the chisel tip of your Copic Original or Sketch marker into the Airgrip and press the trigger to deliver a steady and even colour across porous or non-porous surfaces! To change colours just swap one marker for another. Why do you need an ABS or compressor - well to create beautiful even backgrounds, graded colours, amazing blends and it actually uses LESS ink than normal colouring!
The trigger is pressure sensitive and will create different effects according to the pressure used.
- Airbrushing uses LESS ink than direct colouring since saturating the paper isn't necessary.
- Don't shake or lay aircans on their side while in use.
- If your aircan gets too cold (happens after about 90 seconds spraying) then your spray may become splotchy or the airflow may be reduced. Just wait for a minute or so, until your air can warms back up!
- Begin by starting with a light spray.......... you can always add more colour, but you can't take it off
- If your project begins to feel tacky you have added too much ink (this will happen more quickly on non-porous surfaces). To combat the tacky feeling, carefully spray your project with a fixative - make sure it's non-alcohol based or the fixative will react with your Copic ink!
- Ensure your marker is aligned vertically with the nozzle - if it's off to one-side or the other your spray pattern will be off.
Post by Kate Palmer