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Spray Paint Art .

STARTING OUT …

Hi, Barbara here, this is my version of the fun to do artwork – Spray Painting, but first  a warning… once you start it becomes an obsession, you will become addicted and can’t stop, there is always a new idea buzzing in your head that you simply  can’t wait to do !!

Everyone is different and will do ‘their own thing’,  all is acceptable  just like Picasso and Gainsborough for example, miles apart in country and styles but loved the world over, SO GO AHEAD AND GIVE IT A TRY!

Starting out like I did, you won’t need any expensive equipment – so what do you need? … see below

  • CARDBOARD SHEETS
  • MASKING TAPE
  • OLD NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES
  • TRAY TO HOLD EQUIPMENT
  • MODELLING TOOLS
  • ANY OLD ROUND TINS, LIDS, SAUCERS ETC
  • FACE MASK AND GOGGLES
  • LATEX GLOVES
  • OLD SHIRT/OVERALL
  • CANS OF SPRAY PAINT
  • CAN OF UNIVERSAL CLEANER
  • STENCILS IF USED
  • A WORKING AREA – WELL VENTILLATED – GARAGE OR SHED
  • NOTE – cover your car if working in the garage – spray spreads!
  • PAINT: GOOD COLOURS TO USE ARE WHITE – BLACK-BROWN-GREEN-CREAM- RED-BLUE-YELLOW-PINK-MAUVE-ORANGE AND CLEAR ( Clear is used to wet and area that has dried and you want to work on it further).

COMMENTS:

CARD: You can get various sizes of card from stationers … but the card I used was from a ‘men’s outfitters’ selling good quality shirts – I noticed that they removed the shirts from the boxes to stack them onto the shelves, then threw the boxes away ‘what a waste’. I asked them if I could have them instead, for which I would give them 3/4 of my spray paintings in return – hence a nice supply to use. I cut them down to size using a craft knife and a steel ruler (if you do this take great care with the knife and only use a steel ruler) I ended up with card 10 inches by 14 inches – approx 25cm by 35cm – all white and a nice shine on one side… perfect!!!

MASKING TAPE: You can find these rolls in most hardware stores and craft shops, it is used to tape your card down, to keep it in place while working.

MODELLING TOOLS: Again you can find these in craft shops, they come in various packages and shapes – cheap ones like plastic  or steel ones more expensive.

TRAY FOR TOOLS: I use a an old cutlery tray to keep things together and find that useful.

THE SHAPES TO MAKE THE SUNS AND MOONS: Look around the home there are lots, I like tins as they usually have crisp edges and are easier to pick up from the painting when ready to be removed. but any round objects will be OK

FACE MASK: This is essential to protect yourself from the ‘fumes’ of paint, they are easy to get hold of and very cheap to buy. Goggles are an option but if like me you wear glasses ‘essential’ because the lenses get a coating on as well as the painting!!

GLOVES: The fine latex gloves are ideal as they are not thick and do not hinder your fingers, I dig my finger nails into a jar of Vaseline and wipe the excess off before putting the gloves on incase they split of when using my fingers without the gloves, stops them looking really grimmy!!

UNIVERSAL CLEANER: Usually sold where you buy your spray cans, it is used to clean you tools after every use, to clean hands/fingers, and very important, find an old jar, pour some cleaner in and as the nozzles clog up drop them into the jar and cleaner (keep the lid on as it evaporates) and at the end of your work take all of the nozzles off and leave in the jar till you want them again. It’s a good idea to wipe round the little spout on the can as well.

Pheww that’s about all I can think of for ‘starters’ – next STARTING TO PAINT

PREPARING FOR spray paint art

  • Prepare your working area, cover everything you don’t want covered in a film of paint spray (it spreads!!)
  • Flatten an old cardboard box and lay it ontoyour working area – it can easily be disposed of when finished
  • Put you cardboard square in place and tape it down – I suggest that for your first tests at spray painting you use any cardboard – cereal/food cartons will do to start – don’t waste your newly bought pasteboard.
  • Line-up your spray cans ready – give each tin a really good shake, hear the ball bearings rattling around inside, this gives an even flow of paint, take off the plastic top ready to use.
  • Select the tools you are going to use and lay them at hand.
  • Tear up newspaper into squares, and put them where you can pick them up as you go.
  • Set out your saucers, tins, lids etc that you are going to use for suns, moons.
  • Protect your hands with latex gloves
  • Always wear a face mask for protection.

ALL READY – ALL SET – LET’S GO!!

With a can of paint give it a quick shake and hold it approx: 12 inches – 30 cm from the board and start to spray, at this point test the pressure of your finger on the nozzle, do some stronger/lighter and spray from side to side  try as many times as you feel free and the paint is even, then layer another colour over the first colour, take your time and do as many samples as you need – now use some newspaper to make textures/effects with the paper scrunched-up and try to scrape the paint with tools or card bits to see the results – it takes time and practice to feel OK with it, so enjoy the surprises you get when you do.

Now try some suns/moons with yellow, orange, red. purple, black etc – spray a section with several colours, let the colours dry a little before you add your round object on top, and then spray all round it with sky colours, go ahead now and try some mountains and rock colours using black, orange, green or whatever you like – layering one colour on top of another and with your scrunched up paper make mountains etc and with your modelling tools make some trees,  scrape off the paint working the trunk from the bottom upwards and then the branches- again add the colours for the sea – Don’t forget to remove your round object and see the lovely effect of yours sun against the sky … well that was fun and you can experiment more till you feel ready to make a proper picture at your own time.

 I expect you’re bored by now – and want to start for real, so let’s go!

Assuming we are going to make a very simple sunset scene with sea, palms and mountains, start with your sun as your practice, placing it left/right or centre, next spray round the saucer with you sky colours, leaving the saucer in place, now it’s time to spray the mountain area underneath the sun … then with these colours spray each side of the card where the rocks will be.

You can now remove the saucer to reveal the sun and with your scrunched-up newspaper take the mountains up to and over the sun to make peaks. Now to create the sea place a piece of straight card held upright against the lower edge of the mountains and spray a long thin line all the way across the card, then blue shades for the sea in the centre going down as far as you need (if you want a reflection of the sun in the water, spray a touch of orange down the centre first) then blue over the top, then more splashes of white … now the fun part – with your fingers swipe the colours from side to side for effect of waves.

Next the rocks at the side, give it another light spray of colour and if it has dried too much, give it a spray of your ‘clear spray’ to re-wet the area – and using your scrunched-up paper make the rocks stand out – finish the effect at the edges with a modelling tool…and at the same time scrape the wet paint to make your palm tree, be brave and make the trunks with strong strokes going upwards, you can with a brush dipped in paint finish the foliage to give a soft look by feathering them and any other touches you fancy … or you can paint the tree freehand with a brush, add a few birds in the sky with the point of your tool …and yipppeee your first paint to keep and save … it’s easy-peasy when you know how!!!

There are so many ideas for this type of painting, here is where your own colour schemes and ideas will come into play and it is so facinating to do and see how your own ideas come to life, enjoy – Barbara

CLICK ON A PAINTING  BELOW TO ENLARGE IT – AND IT WILL SLIDE FROM ONE PAINTING TO ANOTHER – Hope you enjoy them and have a go yourself!!