Can You Make Your Own Airbrush Color?

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montanamommy Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 8:57pm
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Can you use regular paste or gel food coloring & thin it down for use in an airbrush or does one just have to break down and buy airbrush color?


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tesso Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 9:13pm
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personally, i would break down and buy amerimist, i just dont like dealing with clogs. you might want to give this place a try. it is one of the places i buy my colors...

if you decide to make your own or find a method to keep from clogging PLEASE let me know. I am all for saving money. icon_smile.gif

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TexasSugar Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 9:14pm
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I use airbrush color. I can never get color pastes completely dissolved and the lumps would clog the airbrush.

I also use the airbrush colors for painting as well.

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misabel99 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 9:37pm
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Yes I use vodka (the cheapest one) to dissolve my gel food colors and never had a problem.

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kristiemarie Posted 16 May 2011 , 2:18pm
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This is a little late in coming but how much do you put in? How thin do you make it?

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Mark-Mexicano Posted 16 May 2011 , 2:45pm
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I use gel color and vodka as well. It may take a bit to get the coloring to completely dissolve. I use a small paint brush to work the coloring into the vodka. The amount completely depends on how deep you want the color.

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Balicup Posted 16 Jan 2015 , 12:43am
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ACan Bacardi be used instead of vodka to thin gel colour for airbrushing?

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misabel99 Posted 19 Jan 2015 , 4:33am
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ANo barcadi will affect the color because it's dark

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badassbakerbabe Posted 30 Jan 2016 , 5:49pm
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Has anyone done any more experimenting with the vodka/gel colours as airbrush colours? Does anyone have any photos/videos? 


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Welsh4life Posted 21 May 2016 , 3:51am
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Worked like a charm!  Thanks.  I usually use the airbrush paint, but was out of maroon and needed to make some at 11pm.  This worked perfectly thanks.

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Miss.Reynolds Posted 8 Jul 2016 , 6:32pm
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I am sooo late on this reply but I wanted to add something. Wilton has given me the MOST none clogging airbrush paint ever! I know people are a little hung up on Wilton products here on CC but I  like to buy their gel food colors because of the pricing they have at my local Walmart. I dilute about 1/4 tsp of Wilton Gel food coloring in a little more than an 1/8th of a cup of vodka, but less than a 1/4th cup. Then I STIR STIR STIR! I find it easier to use two toothpicks together and stir like a mad man! :) I have used this on the book in my pictures as well as the shoe box black on the converse cake. One time I thought I was buying an Amerimist airbrush color and it ended up being the food gel color. I thought "what the heck I'll just dilute it. . " But it did not come out smooth and lump free like the Wilton Brand. I hope this helps a money saver in need like myself grinning.png

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RubyFaye Posted 21 Jan 2017 , 9:41pm
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So happy to find this and have vodka on hand - a lifesaver!  Thanks!

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nanavymom Posted 28 Jul 2017 , 9:47pm
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Would Everclear also work for this method? I was thinking of using the ColorRight food color from Wilton. Not sure what the best ratios would be since it is very concentrated.

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