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8 Useful Tricks to Create Amazing Toothbrush Spray Paintings.

Updated on September 11, 2018
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Aditya's homemade paper craft and hobby ideas are small contributions of his father's work. His father is a retired art teacher from India.

Make a toothbrush spray painting:

This is a painting trick which I learned from my dad when I was just 6 to7 years old.

As a kid I used to love this trick because for some reason it fascinated me. Every now and then I would pluck flowers and collect various leaves and try to get their spray painting done. As my small effort could create a beautiful painting it would keep me motivated every time I made a painting. This was a story about me about 2 decades ago.

Few days back I came to know from my dad that children these days still enjoy spraying colors with toothbrush. Hence I decided to do something for the kids.

This article is all about rediscovering the enjoyment of painting with toothbrush and above all, teaching the children these days about the idea of "Do It Yourself" using simple things available at home.

I tried out this trick with my dad and learnt to use it more creatively. I will share a few of those helpful tips that I learned in this article so keep on reading.

But before we begin Answer this HONESTLY:

Did you try spray painting with a Toothbrush before?

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What you will need:

1. A toothbrush.

2. A drawing page (to make the painting).

3. A pair of scissors.

4. A regular paper (to cut out designs to be painted).

5. Water colors.

6. Twigs and other accessories.

Learn to use a toothbrush for spraying colors:

First let me be honest by saying you that- using toothbrush to create a spray painting is very slow process.

It may take a some time to complete the painting so you need little patience.

Overall it is very interesting and easy trick so you will definitely enjoy doing it.

Now let us learn how to use a toothbrush for spraying colors.

Here are some instructions:

1. The thicker the paint the smaller the droplet size of spray.s

2. Smaller sized paint droplets make the painting look more beautiful.

3. Spray the paint in a sample paper before using it for the painting because unequal sized droplets may ruin the picture.

Steps:

Take an acrylic water color paint of your choice and pour it in a plate.
Take an acrylic water color paint of your choice and pour it in a plate.
Now dip the toothbrush in the paint.
Now dip the toothbrush in the paint.
And then using our thumb gently rub the bristles of the brush and allow the spray to settle on the paper.
And then using our thumb gently rub the bristles of the brush and allow the spray to settle on the paper.
Always keep in mind to test the spray paint in a sample paper before using it.
Always keep in mind to test the spray paint in a sample paper before using it.

Trick 1:

Make a spray painting using toothbrush on a simple object.

Now that we have learned to use a toothbrush to spray paint, let us try out spraying colors on some simple objects.

Some important tips are:

1. Objects which have simple shapes like a spoon, pen, coin, eraser or a key are easy for painting.

2. Remember that a sufficient amount of spraying is necessary to make the background of the object visible. So have some patience and spray a little more color to make the painting beautiful.

Steps:

As my subject I have used a twig that has 4 leaves.
As my subject I have used a twig that has 4 leaves.
Dip the toothbrush in the paint and spray color on the twig placed on the white paper.
Dip the toothbrush in the paint and spray color on the twig placed on the white paper.
Once the spraying is finished, carefully remove the twig from the painting taking care not to smudge the tiny droplets with your hands.
Once the spraying is finished, carefully remove the twig from the painting taking care not to smudge the tiny droplets with your hands.

Trick 2:

Spraying on a paper cutout.

You need a paper cutout for this spraying exercise.

Making a paper cutout is very easy. It can be done in two ways. You can either make one yourself or cut a paper work from a magazine.

I decided to make one for myself so I made a drawing of a leaf and cut it out of paper.

You can cutout any shapes you want but keep the shape as simple as possible for your ease while cutting it.

Steps:

Draw a leaf on a regular paper.
Draw a leaf on a regular paper.
Now use a pair of  scissors to cut out the leaf from the paper.
Now use a pair of scissors to cut out the leaf from the paper.
Using the cutout of leaf as a guide, spray the  color of your choice inside it.
Using the cutout of leaf as a guide, spray the color of your choice inside it.
Isn't it beautiful? Note the margins of the painting. The margin looks very sharp and crispy.
Isn't it beautiful? Note the margins of the painting. The margin looks very sharp and crispy.

Trick 3:

Superimposition of objects with spraying:

In this trick we try to make a spray painting over another previously existing spray painting. This trick is very amazing because superimposition can make a simple spray painting look like an abstract one.

This are few points to keep in mind:

1. Begin by using a light color and slowly increase its tone by making it darker for the subsequent paintings.

2. Allow the first painting to dry for a 2-3 minutes before placing the cutout for the next painting to avoid smudging of the paint droplets.

Steps:

Let us use a flower cutout for spraying. Draw a lotus on a paper and then cut it out from the paper.
Let us use a flower cutout for spraying. Draw a lotus on a paper and then cut it out from the paper.
Place the flower on the white paper and spray the red paint with toothbrush.
Place the flower on the white paper and spray the red paint with toothbrush.
Once spraying is done the paper flower has to be removed carefully. It has to be allowed to dry for 2-3 minutes before moving on.
Once spraying is done the paper flower has to be removed carefully. It has to be allowed to dry for 2-3 minutes before moving on.
Next place the flower cutout over the previous spray painting. But this time displace the flower little outwards.
Next place the flower cutout over the previous spray painting. But this time displace the flower little outwards.
Use a color which is little darker than the previous sprayed color. This time brown color is used.
Use a color which is little darker than the previous sprayed color. This time brown color is used.
The different colors provide a beautiful contrast in the spray painting. In this case it has helped for good superimposition of the two flowers.
The different colors provide a beautiful contrast in the spray painting. In this case it has helped for good superimposition of the two flowers.
If you wish you can repeat this process again and again. Remember to increase the darkness of the color for getting better contrast.
If you wish you can repeat this process again and again. Remember to increase the darkness of the color for getting better contrast.

Trick 4:

Paint alphabets with Toothbrush

We often search for creative methods to write alphabets while making greeting cards and other work assignment. Using this trick writing will definitely become creative.

Some important points to remember for this trick are:

1. Use the big sized alphabets available in newspapers and magazines.

2. The edges and size of the cutout alphabets need to be perfect otherwise the quality of the spray painting may get affected.

3. Additionally one can color the painting with two or more colors to make it look interesting.

Steps:

Cutout alphabets from a News paper or a magazine.
Cutout alphabets from a News paper or a magazine.
Spray red color on the alphabets.
Spray red color on the alphabets.
For additional creativity cover the upper half of the alphabets with a regular paper.
For additional creativity cover the upper half of the alphabets with a regular paper.
spray the lower half with another color.
spray the lower half with another color.
slowly remove the alphabet cutout from the painting.
slowly remove the alphabet cutout from the painting.

Trick 5:

Design a Greetings card with spray painting:

Next time you want to make a hand made greetings card try out this trick.

Few things to remember:

1. Margins of a greetings card looks beautiful if left uncolored.

2. Use paper cutouts of any shapes and sizes that suits with your card.

3. Complete the card with neat and clean handwriting.

Steps:

Cover the margin with regular papers and use paper cutouts of your choice. Here I have used a Heart.
Cover the margin with regular papers and use paper cutouts of your choice. Here I have used a Heart.
Spray the color of your choice from the margins and color the paper cutout in a bright color.
Spray the color of your choice from the margins and color the paper cutout in a bright color.
A handmade greetings card is now ready to be filled with alphabets.
A handmade greetings card is now ready to be filled with alphabets.
Complete the card with beautiful handwriting.
Complete the card with beautiful handwriting.

Trick 6:

Make a spray painted logo with toothbrush:

Using toothbrush you can even design a logo by yourself. For this you will need to cut out the logo in a paper and use it as a guide for the painting.

Let us make the Pepsi logo and show how it is done.

Steps:

First draw a circle and cut it as shown to make the Pepsi logo on a paper.
First draw a circle and cut it as shown to make the Pepsi logo on a paper.
Next cover one half of the cutout and spray the other half with blue paint.
Next cover one half of the cutout and spray the other half with blue paint.
Use the red paint similarly for the remaining half.
Use the red paint similarly for the remaining half.
Remove the cutout gently.
Remove the cutout gently.

Trick 7:

Paint stars of the galaxy for a space scenery.

This time we will create stars using white color paint. Remember that the background needs to be dark for making the stars with white paint. So I suggest to use a black chart paper for best results.

Steps:

A dark colored background is necessary.
A dark colored background is necessary.
Spray white paint with the tooth brush on black background.
Spray white paint with the tooth brush on black background.
The white paint droplets appear as small distant stars in the outer space.
The white paint droplets appear as small distant stars in the outer space.

Trick 8:

Make a Tree with Toothbrush spray painting:

This is the last trick of this article.

Making tree leaves is often an untidy task. For those who want to paint the tree leaves, spraying can be a good choice.

It is quite easy to add details to the leaves with spray painting. Lets see how it is done:

Remember that yellow leaves lie on the surface. The further we move downwards the color changes to darker shades of green color.

Steps:

First use yellow color to create the leaves which are located on top of the branches.
First use yellow color to create the leaves which are located on top of the branches.
Usually yellow colored leaves are the surface ones. The further we move downwards the color of leaves changes to green and then to even darker green color.
Usually yellow colored leaves are the surface ones. The further we move downwards the color of leaves changes to green and then to even darker green color.
Then use the green color.
Then use the green color.
Spray the green paint below the yellow colors.
Spray the green paint below the yellow colors.
Now create a darker shade of green by mixing it with blue color.
Now create a darker shade of green by mixing it with blue color.
Spray the darker shade of green below the regular green color.
Spray the darker shade of green below the regular green color.
Finally paint some branches to the sprayed leaves.
Finally paint some branches to the sprayed leaves.

Summery:

Spray painting is very interesting and creative method used to create beautiful paintings and color objets.

Using toothbrush and paints one can easily make spray painting at home.

All that is needed is to dip the toothbrush in the paint and rub its bristles to spray the paint droplets.

Various objects impression can also be created easily.

Creative Paper cutouts can be used to make beautiful paper impression paintings.

It is one of the creative and useful method to engage children in painting and teach them to learn by doing.

5 Fun Facts about painting:

1. The credit for inventing spray painting is given to Francis Davis Millet. It was first used during the construction of Chicago Worlds Fair to complete works within strict deadline.

2. It takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the exterior of White House, located in Washington D.C.

3. Did you know that oil paints don't dry? Instead they harden due to oxidation.

4. Different colors have different influence on our mind. For example Red in interpreted as physical courage, strength, warmth, energy or excitement. Similarly Blue reflects intelligence, trust, logic or coolness, Yellow to optimism, confidence, emotional strength, creativity or friendliness and Green stands for harmony balance, refreshment, rest or restoration.

5. The earliest oil paintings were Buddhist murals found in Afghanistan's Bamiyan caves. They date back to the 7th century CE.

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      RTalloni 

      19 months ago

      The idea of using this technique on greeting cards seems like a fun experiment.

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      Joem Castilla 

      20 months ago from phil

      These are so cool and beautiful! You are really a great artist!

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