Spray Paint Art Mural Techniques
A question I get a lot is "How do I paint a mural with spray paint art?"
It's especially important right now because spray paint art is a great way of making political statements.
The techniques that I can advise you on are different from standard graffiti type art. What I can help you with are ways of using the same spray paint art techniques that we use in painting, just making them bigger so that you can put them in large spaces!
When I was working on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta as a spray paint artist, I would often have people come up to me and ask if I could paint a wall in their restaurant or bedroom, etc. They often wanted the same things we were painting on paper, just really big on their wall. We had to figure out how to do it the same way so that we could paint the mural quickly! We also had to figure out how to do the techniques with indoor and outdoor paint that comes in a paint can so that we weren't enclosed in a room with lots of spray paint dust and chemicals!
We used spray cans only for effects that were small and impossible to do with regular paint.
So what are some examples?
Well, obviously for making skies, we just painted them on with brushes instead of spraying them. A big issue was how to get to the place we wanted to paint. Sometimes we had to paint places that were so high that we couldn't reach them safely with ladders! We found some paint rollers that had 2 extensions so they could reach over 15 feet up! We also taped large paintbrushes to the ends of the long sticks when needed.
Some other tools we used are large sea sponges to make texture.
Another way we made textures was by letting a layer of paint dry, then on top, painting another wet layer, and then using newspaper or plastic to texture it.
You can also crumple up a large piece of newspaper and apply paint with that to create planet and land textures.
Those are a few ideas. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, email me at [email protected] with your mural painting questions. I can add to this page. I hope you've enjoyed it!