Although I studied art in school and painted with oil paints for many years, when I saw some street artists making spray paint art at super natural speeds, my forgotten dream of painting a galaxy was awakened.
I was so excited by some of the cool techniques and the possibilities of spray paint art, which would allow one to achieve in minutes what would have take days and weeks.
And the big bonus, no art training required! Everyone can make spray paint art with just a little practice!
In a week or two I will share a more complicated spray painting, you can see small portions of it above, and throughout.
Tools and Materials to make spray paint art:
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- 3M Mask 5201 – this mask is under $20 but works great, I can’t even smell the paint. If you plan to do a lot of spray painting or other types of finishing, it’s very important to use a mask!!
- Spray paints: I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch, and Metallic Blue which is widely available. In this painting I used black, white, yellow, pink, orange, and metallic blue, but you can pick any colors, such as green and purple, which we will use in the next one!
- Poster Boards: Target has a great heavy weight kind 22″x28″(size of the next painting), this simple painting we are making is about 14″x14″. Make sure to use the glossy side for painting this!
- plastic pots, cans, lids, of various sizes, anything with a round shape and a raised or hollow side so it does not touch the paint when placed over the painting
- newspaper, and a small piece of thick paper such as magazine cover
First we will start with the simple steps of creating a floating planet.
Step 1: spray paint shapes of some planets:
Place some of the circular objects where you want the planets to be, and gently spray a little black paint to mark them.
Step 2: add colors and textures to your spray paint art
Start with the first planet, use 3-4 colors, and start with either the lightest color, in this case yellow, and quickly go to the next shade – orange, then, blue, and the darkest – black, overlapping the adjacent colors. don’t be concerned about staying within the planet makings. You can also go from dark to light colors, which creates a lighter planet.
While the paint is wet, quickly crumble a piece of newspaper, open it, and lay it on top of the painted planet area, very gently run your fingers on top of the paper. This will lift some of the paints and create a cool texture on the planets. Lift the paper and here we have the start of a planet!
Below is another sequence of the steps with different colors – After all the planet areas are painted, we will cover them with those cans and lids, and create the space around them.
Step 3: spray paint the background details
Starting from one corner using dark colors of black and blue, then progress to lighter colors of orange, yellow and pink. This creates a feeling of light moving through space.
Now we can lift the covers, and move on to the final and super fun steps: stars! Spray some white paint onto a small piece of thick paper, there should be enough paint yet not too much that it drips. Face the paper down where you would like to have the stars, and tap with your fingers on the back of the paper to create clusters of stars.
And those comets! They are the easiest – just place the can upside down, face the nozzle toward the direction of the comet, and give a quick tap on the bottom of the can.
Here’s our 5 minute painting! Next time I will share a painting which uses different colors and a few additional techniques to create a galaxy, plus some tips and tricks!
Have fun and happy spray painting!