Painting Props and Costumes
A good application of paint can make your props and costumes look incredibly awesome! We have a collection of tutorials and projects where we show painting techniques listed below.
Also, here’s some great tips:
- If your prop space gun isn’t supposed to look like it just came off the factory line, try out weathering.
- For an amazing amount of helpful information, check out Volpin Props’ Painting and Weathering for Props and Replicas eBook.
- Use stencils cut from masking tape to add decals and patterns to your armor.
- If you want to up your painting game, invest in an airbrush.
During a recent trip to San Francisco to film some projects with Tested, Bill got to visit Adam Savage’s workshop and team up with the Mythbuster himself for an epic one day build! The duo made a replica of the Nazgul gauntlet using EVA foam. In this video, Bill makes another gauntlet and then paints them all to look like real metal.
Bill experiments with using 3D printing as an alternate method for creating stencils to add decals to props and costumes! After a bit of tinkering, he gets some pretty great results!
Bill is joined by Steven K Smith to learn about paint brushes and acrylic paints that SKS uses for hand painting his fantastic prop and costume creations.
Dry brushing can add a realistic weather worn finish to your prop and costume projects, but it required a subtle application. Bill shows you how to accomplish this wonderful finishing technique.
Oil paints can be excellent for weathering your mechanical looking props and costumes. Bill shows how to use these wonderful materials to dirty up Rey’s blaster prop from Star Wars.
Using machine cut stencils can be a great way to make your prop look super professional. In this video, Bill shows how he uses stencils to paint legit looking decals on his prop projects.
A basic black, brown, or dark wash of acrylic paints can add a quick and easy weathering pass to your prop and costume projects that’ll make it look more realistic and world worn. In this video, Bill shows some simple techniques to take your prop finishes to the next level.
Masking off areas of your prop can make the painting process much more refined and quick. Bill goes over his favorite masking tape and techniques for getting that perfect, clean finish.
A real, metal plated chrome finish can be an expensive process for prop making. In this tutorial, Bill shows how to achieve a faux chrome metal finish using paints and an airbrush.
When Dave Goldberg released this kit back in 2011, I was enamored with the design. After 6 years I finally managed to get my greedy hands on one and had a ton of fun putting it together.
When the gang at Film Riot needed a space rifle made, they called Bill! In this video he shows how he built a modular prop gun using EVA foam and PVC pipe.
Bill resumes his epic journey with the Blade Runner blaster prop kit. In this video he goes over how all the parts fit together and paints the resin pieces.