Spray Paint Art is the technique of creating amazing pictures by manipulating paint on posterboard. Paintings can also be performed on other mediums such as car bonnets and motorbike fuel tanks to quote two examples, but in general you’ll see artists creating masterpieces on paper.
Aerosolgrafia is the term given to this art form in Mexico where Spray Painting was first performed, back in the nineteen seventies. With it’s roots in street art, performers would make their living by producing works of art for the tourist trade and sell these direct from the pavement.
Until recently your best chance at catching a spray paint art session from an artist, would’ve been to visit a city or tourist hot spot where these artists perform. However, the internet has made the world smaller and you can now watch artists from all over the world without leaving the comfort of your living room. An added benefit is that you can learn their skills online, as they show you what to do with just a few spray paint cans and some newspaper.
The way the art works is very simple, but expert practitioners can often leave you bewildered by their forward planning, which makes the reveals even more stunning.
You choose the basic colours for the scene and spray them down onto the posterboard, generally starting with the lighter colours. Then you remove layers of paint to your satisfaction using newspaper or magazine sheets. You can do this in a variety of ways, experimenting is all part of the fun.
Household items such as bowls and plates are used as templates to mask off a textured area you’ve created. By spraying around the template you can create planets, pyramids and other objects. When you become more advanced you can create your own stencils and pretty much recreate any object or landscape you wish.
The most popular or common subject matter is undoubtedly the space theme and this might focus on planets, pyramids, both or neither, but certainly these two objects are the easiest to practice when you’re learning the art.
Spectacular planets and mystical pyramids are what draw the crowds in and this in turn is what helps the artist make more sales. People are not used to seeing these unreal picture types and this other worldly feeling attracts tourists to the display. Artists who expand their horizons into other topics often stand out more, especially online where you’ll find thousands of space art pictures, but relatively few portraits of other subjects.
Nature is a more common alternative to space for spray paint themes and this topic allows artists to show their skills recreating rocks, plants, trees and animals. These objects are more difficult to paint, so are usually reserved for the more experienced artist who has tight hand skills required to make subtle movements within the painting.
If this article has whetted your appetite for a new creative hobby or pastime, you’ll need to know what supplies you require to get started. It’s not an expensive hobby as spray cans only cost a few pounds and last a reasonable length of time – depending on how often you’re painting. The rest of the objects can generally be found around your home.
A lovely benefit to spray painting is the money you can make from it if you get good. When your painting reach a good standard, get out onto the pavements and do live shows or create a website and link to it via YouTube!