The influence of Urban and Graffiti art is moving from the streets to the marketplace, becoming a dominant visual force in advertising, fashion and design. The characteristics of this expressive art includes electric and edgy designs, bold colors and spray painted letters and images.
This week’s Technique Tuesday will focus on the most basic tool of any urban and graffiti artist…the spray paint can! You’ll see how easy it is to give any patterned paper or photo, an edgy and urban look by layering it with painted sheets of transparency or acetate. This technique will give you the look of those cool Photoshop brushes…you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to add a little urban flair to your art and images!
transparency or acetate
- Follow directions on can to prep paint.
- Hold spray paint about 1-2 feet from transparency to start. As you are spraying, notice the different effects you get depending on the pressure you place on the nozzle with your finger. A light press will give you a spray…more pressure will give you more coverage.
- Hold up a piece of transparency and move the can really close to achieve a saturated circle of dripping color; after paint drips to bottom of transparency, lay flat to dry. (I placed transparency sheets on dark cardstock for photo.)
Layer painted transparency over photos,
- Use two colors of paint (black and white shown above) on one transparency for a cool mix of color.
- Attach painted transparencies with spray adhesive, staples, brads, paper clip or other decorative attachment.
If you’re interested in seeing more Urban and Graffiti Art online, take a look at a phenomenal celebration of street art at the Wooster Collective, or tune into Graffiti TV, an international collection of urban art links and video clips.