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Rattle Can Space Paintings

Updated on February 1, 2013

Rattle Can Space Painting

Cavern with an Eye.  This is a tough one to do.  Lots of things going on with this one.
Cavern with an Eye. This is a tough one to do. Lots of things going on with this one. | Source
Lots of techniques here too.  Not quite as difficult as the eye was though.
Lots of techniques here too. Not quite as difficult as the eye was though. | Source
This is one of the first Space paintings I painted.  Probably the best set of planets I've ever done.
This is one of the first Space paintings I painted. Probably the best set of planets I've ever done. | Source

Rattle Can Space Painting Instructions

Making Space paintings are really pretty simple. The items you will need are rattle can spray paints, round flat items of any kind, newspaper, sticks, knives, pencils, whatever works. I use mostly mattboard pieces and a painting knife.

Here's the simplified version for how to make them.

1 - Swizzle 2-3 colors where you want planets on blank sprayboard. Before they dry, swipe them with a crinkled piece of newspaper, or take a crinkled piece of newspaper and flatten it out on the swizzled paint when it gets slightly tacky. Then if you want towers, spray some color in vertical space they will be later.

2 - Mask the horizon line over with a blank section of board (1/4-1/3 up) then cover planet areas with bottle caps, pringle's lids or any round thing.
3 - Spray whole area with black then remove masking devices. Then splatter white stars all over by slightly spitting out of can or splattering with toothbrush. Keep black area slightly wet with clear coat for the duration. Then if doing towers swish a crinkled paper over that area then cut stairs and features with knife.

4 - Hold cardboard mask at horizon then spray color for flat space or lake area. Cut speed lines then if wanted.

5 - Swizzle some different colors on horizon line then form mountains with newspaper. This technique is the hardest part and takes practice, I still stink at it so often I end up using a knife.

6 - Then swizzle some color on corners of board to form foreground features the same way the mountains were done.

7 - Allow to dry then turn can onto nozzle on board and spray searchlights and comets. Take a piece of mattboard and bend to form "U" shape and hold over cities. Spray lightly onto board to make domes.

There are several more methods that I've seen, this is just the basic space scene method. The best I've seen are the guys down on the boat dock for the cruise ships in Cozumel. Those dudes are amazing. I watched them for 2-3 hours to catch some of their techniques, but even that amount of time wasn't enough... They make good $ though painting one every 10-15 minutes for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase prints for any of the above space paintings or lots more please take a look at my deviant art gallery where you can purchase high quality prints at a reasonable price.

Enjoy the fumes....


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