The title of this post may confuse you but, trust me, it will be clear soon. I am going to show you a great 3 in one tool for your cookies! I use it in some way almost everyday to brighten my photos (bouncing light) or as an airbrush station. It is cheap and easy to make.
I made an airbrush gun station so airbrushing cleanup would be super easy. I NEVER have a mess and not one little speck of color goes anywhere except on my cookies and on the parchment paper bottom. I will show you how easy it is to make but first, I want to show you how it helps me with my pictures. Did you just say, “What? An airbrush gun station for pictures?” Yes! You heard me right! I use my airbrush gun station to brighten my photos. Before I made this I would try to hold boards and my camera to try to get the right angle for the best light. Now that I have my station, my hands are free to take pictures. I use this all the time. It is flexible so I can move it around until I get the light I want and it will still stand on its own. Here is how to make it.
Supplies for Airbrush Station that will Brighten your Photos:
3 Cake Boards (19″ x 13″)
All you do is tape the boards together with the painters tape. I like painters tape because you can remove and replace it as needed without damage to the boards. Leave a little room between the boards so it will fold flat for storage.
But, some days are very cloudy and I need even more light. I don’t want my cookies to get stale waiting on the sun to come back out. Don’t laugh! Here is what I do…I used spray adhesive to apply aluminum foil to the back to make a reflector. You could buy one if you want but, this one is easy and costs pennies! It gives me that extra boost of light that I need. This is a super fast and cheap way to see if you would like a reflector. And remember, it stands by itself so your hands are free to take the picture.
- Spray the backside of the boards with the spray adhesive.
- Unroll the aluminum foil. I found it is best to remove it from the box and roll it along the boards.
- Then, trim!
All these pictures were taken and edited the same way. To me, the middle one looks better because I took the picture on a day the sun was shining bright. Now on a cloudy day, the last picture would have looked better because the foil would have given my a little extra bounce of light. If it is sunny like today, your picture might look washed out.
Anyway, you get the idea and see the difference.
Airbrush Gun Station
In the past few weeks, I have received emails asking if I have ever had problems with my airbrush gun producing a fine mist of color that would settle in my house after I used the gun. I have never had that problem. I made an airbrush station shortly after I purchased my gun and my clean up is very minimal. Even before I made the station, I didn’t have this problem. (This is the gun I have.) I would however get carried away and spray my counter by accident. I was so focused on the cookie, I forgot about the counter.
Anyway, here we are at Cookie Con 2012 (click here for CookieCon 2014.)As you can see, we had 3 airbrush guns set up in a room full of white tablecloths and there was no mist of color particles except where we were aiming the guns. The white tablecloths were fine when we were done. So don’t sell your gun because you have heard bad things about airbrush guns.
I felt bad for the few people who contacted me and I wanted to help so, I started experimenting and came up with this. My normal airbrush gun station with a vacuum hose hole to suck out all the particles. Now let me say, I will not use the vacuum because I do not have an issue with my gun being messy but, if you have an issue, I suggest you buy a small vacuum that would only be used for this purpose since it is close to food. It will not touch the food but, I am a cautious kinda gal and want to be safe. I would not want something that picked up icky things and dirt close to my food period! I “think” this will work but, I can’t say for sure because, my airbrush gun doesn’t make a mess. I was just trying to think of ways to help.
Supplies for Airbrush Station:
Airbrush gun station
Vacuum Cleaner hose
For set up, set the boards in a “U” shape on parchment paper that will cover the entire bottom of the “U” shaped area. Insert the vacuum hose in the hole you made and you are all set! Spray away mess free! No particles anywhere except in the vacuum hose.
NOTE: My vacuum cleaner is not super strong but, when I tried this, it didn’t affect my airbrushing. The spray went where I aimed it.
I hope this helps those of you that are experiencing problems or are just scared your gun will make a mess. Don’t sell your guns on Craigslist or eBay or give them away! Try this first. An airbrush Gun is an amazing tool for cookie decorating. If you are like me and don’t have problems with your airbrush gun leaving particles throughout your house, make a station without the vacuum cleaner hose. Making a station is a great way to enjoy airbrushing with a super easy clean up.
I hope this tutorial helps you with your airbrushing and pictures. I said it before but, I will say it again. I use the station for almost every picture I take. It really has brightened up my photos and my hands are free to take the picture!
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