Masking

Masking is one of the most useful techniques in airbrushing. It provides airbrush artists and artisans with control that they would not otherwise have. Plus, it can speed up the progress of a project ten fold. Masking can be broken down into three basic categories:
Stencils, Tapes and Films.

Stencils: Stencils are pre-designed templates that are put over a surface and sprayed over so that the cut out spaces leave a layer of paint. They can be used to leave a hard edge by being placed directly onto the surface or a soft edge by being pulled back an inch or two when sprayed through. They are generally made from reusable mylar and can be cleaned using airbrush cleaner.  There are plenty pre-cut designs available for purchase or you can cut your own using stencil film and a knife.

Tapes: They don’t call it masking tape for nothin’! Tapes are a must for automotive airbrush artists as well as pinstripers. They can be used for everything from strait lines to super curvy thumb print designs. The are available in a crepe paper material or a flexible vinyl.

Masking Films: Available in a variety of material these are typical applied to and cut directly on the surface. They’re most often used in a roll format. Perfect for murals and other large format applications but also used for smaller projects. Frisket film, unlike most other films, has a paper backing that can be drawn on and cut previous to application.

AEROSPACE Airbrush Stencils

Artool Templates

Harder Steenbeck Airbrush Stencils with Step by Step Instructions

Zazzo Makeup FX Products

Saral Transfer Paper

Paasche Airbrush Stencils and Stencil Books

Cutting Tools, Knives and Blades

Grafix Dura-Lar Film

BADGER NO-TACK STENCIL FILM

3M Fine Line Tapes

3M Green Masking Tapes

JTape Vinyl Custom Tape

PRO 795 Series Masking Tape

BADGER FOTO Frisket Film

Grafix Frisket Film

Art Mask 18" x 10 YD Adhesive Backed Masking Film

18" x 10 yds. Artool Stretch Mask, Adhesive-Backed Masking Film

Artool® Frisket Film

Alvin Cutting Mats

Aerospace Mini Airbrush Stencils

6” x 10 yds StretchMask Adhesive-Backed Masking Film