I'm just getting started with an airbrush and I plan to spend some time practicing basic techniques (dots, straight lines, curves, etc.) using cheap acrylic paints which I will dilute down to airbrush paint consistency.

I eventually plan to use my (yet to be developed) airbrush skills on smooth non-porous surfaces like metal and hard plastic. At that time, I will move up to real airbrush paints, but I hope to have developed comfortable control of the brush before then.

Question: What cheap paper types are appropriate for beginner-level airbrush practice?

I'm assuming that "low-absorption" and "extremely smooth" are traits which I should be looking for, but beyond that, I don't have a clue.

Also, if there are non-paper mediums that would serve better, (I am currently using those red-plastic disposable plates)... please let me know.

2 Answers 2


The paper you are looking for is "Bond" which has a smooth plate surface.

You could also use Hard Press or Hot Press water color paper but that will be more absorbent.

  • Thanks! That information will help a lot! +1 I was getting tired of showing off my painted plastic plates to my friends. Nov 21, 2016 at 18:27
  • There are bond papers specifically made for airbrushing out there too, but any bond should do.
    – rebusB
    Nov 22, 2016 at 19:25

I'm relatively new in the hobby and newer with my airbrush, sometimes I use plastic bottles and aluminium cans. I try draw to draw the patterns.

  • i know its no paper but i want share what i do ;)
    – jesus
    Nov 11, 2016 at 21:39
  • Ever try paper cups?
    – Matt
    Nov 12, 2016 at 2:31
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    Thanks for the idea! There seems to be something wrong with the points buttons. I've tried to give you a +1, but the counter only goes negative. Never seen it do that before. Thanks! Nov 15, 2016 at 13:43

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