Techniques When Using Markers to Color Graffiti

U.S. National Archives Local Identifier: 412-DA-13487 Photographer: Lyon, Danny, 1942- Subjects: Brooklyn (New York City, New York state, United States) borough Environmental Protection Agency Project DOCUMERICA Use Restrictions: Unrestricted
U.S. National Archives Local Identifier: 412-DA-13487 Photographer: Lyon, Danny, 1942- Subjects: Brooklyn (New York City, New York state, United States) borough Environmental Protection Agency Project DOCUMERICA Use Restrictions: Unrestricted | Source

Just as real graffiti relies on vibrant paints, using markers with bright colors will make your graffiti art pop. There are three important styles in graffiti; tag, blockbuster and wild. Tag is the quickest and most basic style since it is used to promote the artist’s name. Tagger’s first apply color and then outline the color with letters. The blockbuster style is letters created with block lettering and are used for large areas. The wild style is more creative and harder to read since the lettering is highly blended and decorated.

7 Techinques

  1. When coloring graffiti with markers choose bright colors that will pop out. Use colors that are different next to each. If using the same color, adjust the saturation like green next to a lighter green.
  2. Lay out line thickness and shadows with a pencil to be able to see how it will look. Pencils allow for adjustments by erasing such as making the lines smaller or lighter. Markers are permanent and lines and colors will not be able to be taken away from.
  3. Start with lighter shades, mid shades and then darker shades. Lighter shades may be colored over but darker shades cannot be taken away from.
  4. Use a large tip for most areas to prevent streak and excess wear on a small tip. Create thin or medium lines by using the side of the larger tip.
  5. Remove the marker from the paper, when not moving, to prevent creating dark lines from an inactive marker.
  6. Add texture by placing different types of materials under the paper such as wood, concrete or carpet and then move a marker back and forth on top of the paper. Try out on scrap paper first to determine if you like it.
  7. Use a stippling or pointillism effect by adding lots of dots to fill in a shape.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Looks like a lot of fun. However will it be permanent? Shall I get my markers out and head to town. Very good hub and enjoyed reading it.


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dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida Author

carol777 -Permanent it will be. Grab some paper or poster board for this project. :-) Thanks for dropping by.


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Vimural 3 years ago from Tucson

Graffiti supplies are essential. Love the hub!


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dragonflyfla 3 years ago from South Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by Vimural. Great tip. I would hate to be in the middle of a project and run out of supplies.

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