I have been busy over the past few weeks... a couple of commissions to get started on.. One already in progress, a timber wolf.. (Check the Work in progress forum).

I am also venturing into a bit of unknown territory... airbrushing on ground aluminium panels... an artist collegue of mine does them and they are awesome..so I am going to give it a go...

Her name is Denise Stephenson and this is her and one of her art pieces.....

How cool is that?

So..into the breach as they say.. I'll give one a go.

I have also been experimenting with a Paasche Air Eraser. Although they look like an airbrush, they are actually a mini sand blaster...

The Paasche AEC Air Eraser

Normally, they are used to etch glass and soft metal, such as copper or brass. They usually spray fine grit sand.

I have been trying one out on some test acrylic artwork on canvas. I am using bi-carb soda (baking soda,) instead of the sand, to see if I can simulate weathered and textured surfaces... I will post some pics of the outcome soon.

Told you I was a bit crazy!

There is never a dull moment in my studio, that's the way I like it.


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Comment by Pat on June 10, 2013 at 4:43pm

Now that is cool Dallas! 

Comment by Dallas Nyberg on June 10, 2013 at 5:00pm

Thanks, Pat... These new projects/whims are interesting. Early days for both of them as yet... they may turn out to be a waste of time and effort, but If I don't give them a try, I'll never know.

I bought the air eraser many years ago, in thought of trying the glass etching scenario. I never got to try it and the eraser was stored away and forgotten. Thought of using it as an art eraser just come to me out of the blue. The sand was too messy and then I recalled watching a video on Youtube of a guy using Bi-carb soda to strip the paint off a car...so I switched to using that... I'm still playing around with it.. I think it will work.


Comment by alexis ciccone on June 15, 2013 at 12:02pm

Awesome idea!

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on June 23, 2013 at 5:22pm

Can't wait to see how your paintings turn out on aluminum panels, Dallas. It looks like the result can be really luminescent!

I've found some metal art panels here in the US (available in aluminum, brass, or copper) but haven't tried them yet (http://www.dickblick.com/products/duho-studios-metal-fine-art-panels). They're rather pricey but they look beautiful!

Comment by Dallas Nyberg on June 24, 2013 at 1:03am

Hi Thaneeya.. Yes, I checked out the link re: the metal art panels.. they certainly are expensive.

I went to a local metal supplier and they cut the aluminum sheet to the sizes I wanted... around $20 for a 30" x 30" sheet.. it's called billet aluminum... it's around 1/8th of an inch thick. They also gave me some offcuts to test the grinder/paint on.

There is a product called an aluminum composite panel. These are aluminum sheets with an MDF backing, they are used by sign writers... I am looking for a supplier here in Australia at the moment.

Both these sheets can be mounted in a frame.

Copper sheet is way to expensive...an 8' x 5' sheet cost around $500 here in Australia. It's a pity, the copper looks awesome....

An artist friend of mine over there in the U.S. by the name of Sandi Baker, does a lot of her art on copper.

Here is a picture of Sandi and some of her awesome work:

Really nice art

I will let you know how it goes with the aluminum sheet and, if it works, I will post some photographs.


Comment by Peg on July 2, 2013 at 4:39pm

Dallas - I love your adventurous spirit!  Can't wait to see what you make!


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