Using A Compressor Or Can Of Compressed Air To Paint Flowers

I used a small compressor as a substitute for canned air.  I found that the cans were getting pretty expensive and a small compressor is a one time purchase.

Here’s a video showing the technique. It’s certainly not a finished painting but will give you some ideas to try.  Take this technique and see what you can do with it.  Perhaps for underwater images, hair, just texture in an abstract.  What ideas do you have?

Here’s some pointers:

  • Use inks with a lot of alcohol if you want them to really move.
  • Hold the compressor nozzle low.
  • Move your hand/arm in the direction you want ink to flow.
  • Pulse the compressor to get little “fingers”
  • The compressor dries as it blows
  • Look for places where the ink is not dry and blow some more.


Here’s my compressor. It’s a Master Airbrush and is very light and reliable. Cost is around $80.

Let me know if you try this technique

Just a reminder. The purpose of these tutorials is to teach new techniques that you can make your own.

8 responses on "Using A Compressor Or Can Of Compressed Air To Paint Flowers"

  1. can you use watered down acrylic paint with this compressor…….and do you know if you can take this on a flight either in checked baggage or carryon

  2. Thank you so much. I have a question, does your compressor have a lot of water build up? I have to keep emptying my little reservor.

    • I’m sorry, mine doesn’t have water build up. Perhaps it’s because I live in a really dry part of the states. I read a little bit and it said “Why is there so much water in my air compressor?
      Eric, anytime when you compress air, the pressure increases. If the dew point of the incoming air is high enough, this will cause the water vapor to condense upon compression. This is what is causing water to form as droplets. … Compressors have a water drain to get rid of the water, drain it daily or after use.” I hope this helps.

  3. I’m trying to get a really fine line that I can get with a can of air for my type of flowers. Can you adjust your gun so you get that fine burst of air?

  4. Thank you so much! I have wondered about that technique myself. I have purchased a small compressor and appreciate the tutorial on how to use it to create those beautiful flowers.

  5. Great instruction Sheryl. Here’s some I did w compressor last year on black 4X4 tiles. Resined and felt backs. I also had them enlarged on metallic for a great framed wall collage.

    Sent from my iPhone


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