Author: Drew

The painting of a Helmet

The painting of a Helmet

Paul Cotton wrote this question: “I received your dvd and paint pens for xmas and the dvd got me inspired. I was wondering before you paint a motorcyle helmet how do you prep it?”

Well, Paul, here’s the simplified version:

1.) Remove everything from the helmet (screws, padding, insides, etc.) Some rubber parts on some helmets won’t come off – in that case, tape them off.
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“Drew, I bought your DVD and learned so much from it. I have had so much fun doing combo spray designs with paint pen designs but I would like to know any hints or techniques for doing smooth pinlines and borders along rails or to separate paint pen panels and sprayed areas.  Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and your talents – Bud Tatum”

These are great questions, Bud.  When doing Combo Spray and Paint Pen Designs, you have 2 ways to go: (more…)

Spunk's Chucks Painted up with POSCAS

Chick's Kicks for Spunk!

Karoleen, a graphic designer in Santa Barbara, had about 5 million questions in an e-mail.  I’ll answer one here and the rest will have to wait!

What kind of markers do you use for painting canvas shoes?  I’ve heard acrylic mixed with acetone 5:2 should work.  Do you think POSCAS would be more sufficient?”

I like the POSCA water-based paint pens best because they are quick & easy.  I’ve tried acrylics and found it to be tedious.   Check out a video of me painting a pair of Maria’s Chuck Taylor’s:  (more…)