Learn some new spray paint art ideas to expand your creative repertoire! Don’t think of spray paint only as a tool for graffiti-related mischief on picket fences, hehehe. It’s got a great place for revitalizing an old project or starting a new one with a bang.
And best of all you don’t need to invest in something expensive like a full-out airbrush kit. Just those actual cans known as “Krylon” (more on that in a moment!)
On a beautiful day I’ve taken full advantage by starting a few spray paint art projects for the obvious reason that the medium is diffusive and I had to take it outdoors In addition to paint cans all I need is some newspapers and my object of choice.
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Use Spray Paint To Dress Up Something Ordinary!
Do you have some random keepsakes stored up that you don’t want to let go of having a hard time finding a use for? Or perhaps a treasured object d’ art that you’re fond of, but it could use a little -waking up? Spray paint to the rescue!
Some springs or summers ago I became enchanted with the use of spray paint for art projects as it is great for large surface area coverage, as well as a breathing new life into an old project.
Here is a prime example – this is a sculpture I made in ceramics class many moons ago that I gave a gradient makeover to.
I didn’t like the color scheme I had to glaze it with… After firing I could see the final colors for sure, but they were still, just not that pretty. Ta-da, an ombre fade…one of my favorite techniques. Woo!
If you’re concerned with sticking, there’s not a lot of stuff it WON’T bond to (Although this might have taken 2 coats and then I gave it a good varnishing, too)
You can do this too, turn something like this into art, anything you own such as lamps, mason jars, vases, baskets, mirrors…Speaking of lamps, here’s mine that certainly got a healthy dose of color after being plain old white for so long.
Gosh, I sure was infatuated with the bright neons back then no? This is all work I did in 2011-13.
Spray Paint Wall Art
Here is another, a vintage sunburst clock, the clock must have quit working but these are collectibles so I turned a non operative clock into a piece of wall art with a few cans of, you guessed it, spray paint! (Though I did have a good time with the bling too?)
Of course, I treat spray paint as the “base” of the layout and added some details in other ways, but you get the idea.
Spray Paint Canvas Art
If you don’t collect stuff, or don’t have anything nearby that’s OK, too – Create your very own work using ready made supplies such as a prestretched art canvas.
Spray paint works best as a backdrop for large areas, you can blend colors together the way I like to do but the best spray painting ideas involve using a combo of tools, such as stencils.
Masking or painter’s tape can be applied strategically to protect certain areas, and then after spraying, removed to reveal cool geometric abstract patterns.
Abstract Art With Spray Paint
You can expand on shapes a little more with basic objects like rulers, plastic cups, protractors, and triangles (the kind that drafters use) to make some cool looking work, just by placing the object down on your canvas or board, etc., then spray around it, and repeat this often as you want to reach the desired effect. So gosh-darn easy, but looks great too!
Here’s a piece of spray painting artwork I did using this technique; I gave this piece to a friend. I used all those random objects in the list above to make it:)
Well, enough of MY ideas – I thought I’d show you a real genius work of spray paint art I found on Instructables – I mean, out of this world, right? A space scene with planets or satellites that look like the real thing.
He pretty much used a similar approach to mine above and used jar lids or a similar round object to get the outlines of the planets accurate, so they have nice even spherical lines, and added special effects with the cans and some texture with sponges to make the planets look realistic.
Image credit: Noahaz7651
Hope you enjoy this collection of the amazing spray paint art ideas you can experiment with! Always use quick sweeping motions. Clean nozzle off after final use – one of the worst things is that tendency to clog. Don’t forget, always take it outside, take some newspaper with you and have fun too!