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How To Be An Aerosol Artist - Spray Painting, Paint-Artstic Art!

Updated on August 19, 2015
A product of spray painting
A product of spray painting | Source

Stumbled-Upon Work of Art!

I love art, and I'm always intrigued by any work of art, especially if they are done in the spirit of good art. So, the other day I stumbled upon this video on YouTube featuring a guy doing some painting.

I watched as this guy proceeded to paint this extraordinaire painting of space objects using a bunch of aerosol spray paints can, some household objects, on blank white paper. The result is a breathtaking quality work of art, with vibrant colors, and interesting textures. I discovered Spray Paint Art!

What Is Spray Paint Art?

Spray Paint Art is the product of a collection of talented aerosol artists who shows their extraordinary God-given talent on paper, making beautiful paintings with spray paint, paper, and their imagination. It's painting like you've never seen before.

Make no mistake, this is not graffiti, as graffiti can sometimes be mindless ramblings of hands on walls and objects meant to diminish in value. This is real art that is carefully thought through and carried out with great precision and speed. This is art that adds to the value of the object it is painted on. If I could get down and dirty, I tell you, I'll be doing spray painting right now. And I just might!

How Do You Become An Aerosol Artist?

By practicing, of course! It's more than having the ability to hold the spray can and targeting it unto your paper or canvas. You first need to have a vivid image of what you want your outcome to look like. Then, using your choice of spray paint colors, and your mental image, you begin spraying on your platform.

You work your way up from your base paint to a mixture of other paint colors, manipulating the paint layers as you go. This usually means you employ all necessary tools, your hands, gloves, a brush, you name it, to define and bring your art to life. All this is done while the paint on the poster board or canvas is still wet. Which means, you've got to be fast and focused. It's a dirty job, but it's all worthwhile in the end.

Spray Painting

Tools for Spray Painting

Every trade has its own tools needed to accomplish needed tasks. Spray painting is done using specific tools and materials. If you're going to be an aerosol artist, be prepared to invest in the following tools of the trade:

  • Poster Boards (This is the base for every spray painting art produced)
  • Face Masks (Got to protect yourself from those aerosol fumes)
  • Vinyl Gloves (For skin protection)
  • Foam Brush
  • Scrappers
  • Box Cutters etc., and of course,
  • Aerosol Paints, in different colors

These are just a few of the tools you'll need, plus your imagination!

Time To Vote!

Is Spray Painting Something You Would Consider Doing?

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Is Spray Painting for Everyone?

Spray-painting is a great form of expression through art. There are those who are born with the talent, such as a graffiti artist, who can quickly master the art of spray painting. But for some of us, it may take learning from a master aerosol artist.

One thing I have observed, is that Spray-painting is an art form suitable for the young at heart. It brings out the kid in you, and lets your imagination run wild!

Is spray painting something you think you might be interested in learning? If so, you might need to ask yourself a few questions, such as,

  • Do I mind getting dirty while working?
  • Do I have a tolerance for aerosol paints?
  • How am I with blending colors?
  • Do I have the a great sense of imagination?
  • Am I fast in my thinking and planning, and executing?
  • Do I have the ability to make something out of nothing?
  • Do I have the work space for spray painting?

Once you've determined that spray painting is the way to go, then It's time to find out how to start. There are several communities of aerosol painters that will be glad to show you all you need to know to get started. You can learn more about the art and some of these aerosol artists on this site.

Check out this 39 second spray painting of a great aerosol artist, Brandon McConnell.

Watch An Aerosol Painter Do What He Does Best

Spray Painting!

If this is something new that you've learned today, feel free to comment and vote below.


Author: Comfort Babatola - June 2012


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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @mike44moore - I'm glad you find this interesting. I was amazed too at the talent. And especially the speed and precision applied in the making of these art works.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Michael Moore 3 years ago from Coudersport, Pennsylvania

      Very cool Hub. Thank you! I've always wondered about taggin. That's what its called where Im from. There is a place called graffiti graveyard, under a bunch of freeway overpasses. Amazing artwork and art form.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Dezign By Night - I love the art of Spray-painting. I'm glad you like it too. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Very well appreciated!

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      Anthony 4 years ago from Sacramento

      I love Spray Art and cool article. I follow Space Painter on YouTube as well!!

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Elias Zanetti - Thanks for the read. Very well appreciated.

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      Elias Zanetti 5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Simple and easy way to express your artistic capabilities. Thanks for the tips.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @skye2day - You are so very welcome sister. It was my pleasure. Thanks. :)

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      comfortb wow thanks for sharing this art!! I love it. Sounds like something I would love to do. I must pass this on to my artist daughter. Sweet and messy. The art work is very nice. I enjoyed the intro to aerosol art, sister. Thank you up and awesome. Hugs to you. In Christ, Skye

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      You're right about the fumes part Jester98. I thought the same thing. Those could prove to be a health hazard.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Jester98 5 years ago

      My father in law brought one of these home from Vegas! Pretty amazing what you can do with a spray can. Prob not to good to be breathing in those fumes all day though ;-)

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Very inspiring. Thanks!

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Thanks teaches12345. Your comment is very much appreciated.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This look like fun. Who cares about a little paint on your body? Your posts of the artwork is beautiful.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Jade0215 - Never seen this before until recently. It really is impressive.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Jade0215 5 years ago

      This type of art is so beautiful. I actually have a piece from a man in Spain who was showcasing his talent on the street. So impressive how creative people can be. I wouldn't even know where to start if I wanted to try!