Easy Spray Paint Art Ideas You Can Apply Today!
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 you MUST take it outdoors, or at the very least have adequate ventilation nearby. In addition to paint cans all I need is some newspapers and my object of choice.
Use Spray Paint To Dress Up Something Ordinary!
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. You can do the same as well if you have something you put together a long time ago.
I’ve got a few examples here so you can see what I mean exactly . The image below is a sculpture I made in art class way back in the day. I had very few glaze colors at the time to work with. Even though the finished product was solid I wasn’t happy with the resulting colors so decided to spray paint a gradient fade.
It was kiln fired already giving you an indicator of spray paint’s sticking power. In case you’re wondering, 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)
To the right 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?)
You can do this too, turn something like this into art, anything you own such as lamps, vases, 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.
Of course, I treat spray paint as the “base” of the layout and added some details in other ways, but you get the idea.
Make Spray Paint Art From Scratch
If you don’t collect stuff, or don’t have anything nearby that’s OK. 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. This work below involved me making that tree using leaf grouping stencils I made,
Then I rotated them different ways to look “natural” each time, a quick blast with the can and there you have it.
Masking or painter’s tape can be applied strategically, and then after spraying, removed to reveal cool geometric abstract patterns.
You can expand on shapes a little more with basic objects like rulers, plastic cups, protractors, and triangles. 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:)
Use newspapers to protect your surface, and to test out a new can,as they sometimes need “breaking in”. Always use quick sweeping motions. Clean nozzle off after final use – one of the worst things is that tendency to clog.
If you are concerned a few other brands have a unique application design that is better and easier. Valspar and Rust-Oleum are great and have a nice ergonomic trigger design too.
Don’t forget, always take it outside, take some newspaper with you and have fun too!