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4 spray paint tips to get you started in 2022

I use spray paint as my key artistic medium. I really enjoy using it as it has its own peculiarities and it’s so different than other mediums in how to use it and the result it gives. 

These are tips I wish I would have gotten when I started off!

On a small surface it’s harder create crisp shapes/outlines. If you were to want to create crisp lines, make sure either you:

1. Have a large space to spray

2. Get different sizes of nozzles as there are many from very small to very large

3. Use masking paper or a piece or carton to mask off the pieces you want to spray (this is a video that helped me in the beginning a lot). Lots of spray paint artists use this technique as it’s simple and quick.

If you were to use spray paint outdoors, then some of the things you got to be aware of are the following:

1. Wind: if it’s windy the spray will move with the wind a bit. If you’re like me and you feel your artwork is changing more than you wanted it to be, simply find another space or wait until it’s less windy.

2. Sun: Heavy sun will ensure the spray paint takes longer to dry and the masking paper to stick to the surface more heavily. This can ruin your artwork.

3. Rain: this sounds obvious but if it’s raining, your paint is going to respond to it. It can give a cool effect, however if you have a sound plan that doesn’t include drips of water, be careful with painting outdoors when it's raining.

When I started using spray paint outdoors, I wasn’t aware of the above and it has given me extra challenges to yet make an artwork I loved knowingly the natural causes had effect on it.

I simply love the challenge of painting on different objects. Each object comes with its own challenges as they are from different materials (like wood, metal, or plastic) and have different shapes (like rounded, squared or oval).

To create a high quality upcycled product whereby the paint doesn’t easily fall off or paints are not well done, make sure you’ll take the following steps, no matter what material you use:

1. Thoroughly clean the object

2. Fix it where necessary before painting

3. Take it apart if you can and want

4. Prepare it with varnish

5. Cover off the areas you don't want to spray

5. Paint it!

Gosh have I learned patience with spray paint. I was always under the impression that spray paint would dry very quickly. When I got started, I was so enthusiastic I wanted to finish each layer super-fast. But being rushed isn’t going to give a good result. Taking the time is. My major tip here is to take your time, especially if you’re using masking paper. If you don’t take enough time and the paint sticks to the masking paper, the layer will be ruined, and you’ll have to do it again (one of the things I absolutely love about spray paint is the easiness to create a new layer though!).