Tips on How to Do Spray Paint Art Properly

Spray paint art has been around since the 60s and has been a popular art tool for street artists. As a medium, spray paint is a very versatile and simple tool that can be used on glass, cement, wood and poster boards to create various effects.

But there are some things to learn about when just beginning to spray paint. It uses a different technique compared to using a paintbrush, and beginners have to at least know the basics.

In this article, you’re going to know more about spray paint art and some beginner tips to get you started.

What is Spray Paint Art?

Spray paint art is a type of painting that is done using a spray can. The first time spray paint was used as an art medium was in the early 1950s by graffiti artists in New York City. Since then, spray paint has become a popular medium for both fine artists and street artists alike.

What makes spray paint so attractive to artists is its versatility. Spray paint can be used to create both very detailed and very abstract paintings. It can also be used to create a variety of different textures, depending on how it is applied.

Another reason spray paint has become so popular is that it is relatively inexpensive. 

Compared to other types of painting supplies, spray paint is very affordable. This makes it a great option for people who want to try their hand at painting but don’t want to spend a lot of money on supplies.

Tips on How to Spray Paint Properly

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Unlike traditional brushes, spray paint can coat surfaces in minutes, but there are some techniques you have to use to keep the paint from dripping. (Photo by Felicity Tai)

Most beginners that are using spray paint for the first time might not know how to properly handle it as it’s very different from painting using a paintbrush. There are certain methods and techniques that play an important role in spraying paint correctly.

if you’re thinking about trying your hand at spray paint art, here are some things you should know.

What you need:

  • A can of spray paint
  • Spray paint primer
  • Gloves (to avoid having spray paint on your fingers)
  • Mask
  • A well-ventilated working space
  • A surface that you’re going to pain on
  1. Choose the right type of spray paint.

There are different types of spray paint, and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, acrylic-based spray paint is good for creating detailed paintings. However, it can be difficult to control and can end up looking very messy if you’re not careful.

Latex-based spray paint is another option. This type of paint is easier to control than acrylic-based paint, but it doesn’t have the same level of detail.

  1. Choose the right surface.

The surface you choose to paint on will have a big impact on the final result. If you’re planning on painting a large mural, for example, you’ll need to choose a surface that is large enough to accommodate your design.

On the other hand, if you’re just painting a small picture, you can get away with using a smaller surface. Just keep in mind that the texture of the surface will affect the final result.

  1. Use masking tape.

Masking tape is an essential tool for any spray paint artist. It can be used to create clean lines and shapes. It can also be used to protect areas that you don’t want to paint.

  1. Prime the surface first before spray painting.

A spray paint primer will make sure that your spray paint will have an even finish. You only need to apply one coat of primer and then you can proceed to spray paint the surface.

  1. Always move the can to avoid drips.

You want the can to always be moving as you spray the paint. If you spray on one spot for too long you will experience drippy paint and you don’t want that on your work. 

Try spraying side to side. You want to start spraying as your hand is moving and your hand should still be moving as you stop spraying. This will ensure that the paint goes on evenly.

  1. Distance from the surface or canvas.

For starters, the spray paint should be a foot away from the surface area. The distance will depend on you and your artwork, so you should know how to gauge the distance and the effect of the spray on the surface. 

Spray too close and you risk having drips, spray too far and you’ll have the paint sprayed everywhere.

  1. Spray paint with the can upright.

There will be situations where it can be tempting to spray the paint while holding the can upside down but if you’re new to spray painting and have yet to control the medium, then stick to holding it properly at first.

How Long Does Spray Paint Take to Dry?

How Long Does Spray Paint Take to Dry?
Photo by Scott Webb

Spray paint becomes touch dry on a canvas depending on the type of spray paint used and the thickness. It can take an hour to a full day for it to completely dry.

There are also environmental factors to consider. For example, low humidity and warmer weather are ideal for drying spray paint. You can use a hair dryer to accelerate the drying process if you don’t have the ideal environment for it.

Can You Spray Paint Art Inside?

Yes, it’s possible to use spray paint inside but it should only be done when working on small items or spray painting on a canvas that doesn’t take too much space. Working on big projects can have you getting the paint everywhere and the fumes could negatively affect your health if you spend hours inhaling it.

It’s always best to work outdoors, in well-ventilated areas like the garage.

Practice Makes Perfect

Like with anything else, practice makes perfect when it comes to spray paint art. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at controlling the paint and creating the results you want.

Spray paint art is a great way to express your creativity. So, have fun with it and see what kinds of amazing paintings you can create.

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