Spray paint art is a newer style of art similar to graffiti; instead of on a wall or a building it is done on poster board or wood. This art form is usually done in a large city (New York City or Las Vegas) in front of a crowd. The main focus of the piece can consist of planets, comets, buildings, skylines, pyramids, or nature scenes. Along with a subject matter the background can be a one color background or a multicolored background, in the multicolored background, the paint swirls and/or fades together.
- Spray paint
- Painters palette knife
- Magazine pages
- Paper towels or newspaper
- Bowls, lids, cans or other circular objects
The artist starts by mentally creating the picture. The artist needs to know where specific details will go (such as planets, trees, mountains, stars, haze, water, etc.)in order to layer the colors. This is almost like painting backwards; the paint for the foreground objects must be put down first.
The technique used consists of a series of well placed layers and textures, predetermined blocking and masking using the lids, bowls and recycled objects.
Ambient effects can also be added by using a painter’s spatula, a window scraper and a straight edge. The fingers in some cases are the best tool. This art style takes time and practice, but, like any other art form, it can become second nature to the artist.