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If you are wondering, it looks exactly like the Tim Holtz spritzer, so if you don't want to preorder and wait, I suggest you get one from Perfect Paper Crafting . The preorder price for TH is the same at SSS as it is at PPC.
I just love it and it will replace any of the spray mists that I've used in the past that are so hard to control. I'll probably still keep some Mini Misters to make my own with certain inks, etc., but the Spritzer makes so much less mess than sprays.
Technically, it is airbrushing - air is forced over the color medium. But I tend to think of air compressor-driven airbrushing effects as very smooth, more like sponging. This type of device gives you more of a fine spray of tiny dots. It's possible that I'm the only one making that distinction . But it does exactly what it's supposed to do and makes a beautiful spray effect.
This tool is a simple spritzer that should not be confused with conventional airbrushes.
I'm spoiled. Yes, conventional airbrushes are expensive and more work to use, but they deliver an incomparable, satin-smooth finish that spritzers can't. Gorgeous gradations. I've used a double-action model for years and love it. For small projects like cards and scrapbook layouts, a simple can of compressed air from the art supply store and a cardboard overspray shield are all that's needed. Airbrushes will accommodate a wide variety of paints and inks.
So, I'm not the only one that thinks it's a misnomer! I do love that the spritzer tool gives a much more controlled result than the spray inks (like Glimmer Mist), and I really like the speckling look of all the tiny dots. But one day, I may just cave and go for an airbrush. I've read a bit about the compressed air in cans but I get the impression that they don't last that long and are pretty pricey.
I'd try a can of compressed air first just to see how I do with it, then I may still consider the Craftwell eBrush or another actual air brush system down the road, but not ready to put the big bucks into it just yet.
Phantom - If you're going to buy an airbrush, consider a real one, not the eBrush. Buy a long-established specialist brand like Paasche.
Dick Blick sells excellent Paasche models for $55-$85, plus reasonably priced accessory kits. That's what I have, and it's great. A single-action type is all you'll need for papercrafting. I have a double-action airbrush because I also do 3-D models and it offers more fine control. Iwata airbrushes are overkill for papercrafting. They're favorites with professional illustrators, but they're way more expensive than Paasche.
What can be somewhat costly is a good, reasonably quiet air compressor. However, a decent one will last forever. You'd have to go through a lot of canned air before reaching the cost of one. All you'd need is a small model, so it pays to shop around.
Dharma Trading Co. In CA also has a wide variety of airbrush gear because they're fabric and fiber art specialists. Very helpful staff: Dharma Trading Co. Homepage.
I have a compressor from Harbor Freight which was around $60 at the time with a coupon and a Copic pen holder attachment which I got through Oozak for around $30 at the time. I just use dimensional tape and masking tape to hold Copic Ciao and non Copic markers in the holder. Much cheaper than going with "craft/art" compressors and still have the option of adding a traditional airbrush system onto my compressor if I want.
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