graffiti on canvas

Painting is not only a process of creating; it is also a source of teaching. There are a gazillion tricks that will take a life time to learn, and even when there might be a possibility of finally running out of “tricks”, something else will be hidden up a sleeve. I love art.

Today, I want to introduce you to yet another painting technique that I discovered, a hidden gem of background creating – graffiti on canvas.  But before I get to the technique, let’s talk a little about graffiti art where a bottle of spray paint replaces the brush.

Did you know that “graffiti” was a plural of graffito? Graffito is an archaeology term describing ancient writing or imaging. Ancient graffiti did not look anything like ones you would imagine now. Images were created by scratching, scribbling, or were painted. Through years graffito methods were upgraded to paint, more so to spray paint. In spite of differences, both ancient and modern graffiti have messages to carry. We read history in ancient graffiti and art and social expressions in modern.  Ancient or modern time, the need for human kind to communicate with art is undeniable, don’t you think?

A couple of months ago my fellow artist and a good friend showed me her newest piece, and what I noticed on the canvas made my jaw drop. Please understand, I am a beginner artist, little tricks and new methods of using paint make me extremely excited! I discovered that it is possible, and, more so, highly encouraged (by me) to use spray paint to help to create background for the painting.  Spray paint creates texture and plays perfect role of filling the space the way a brush is incapable of doing (sorry brushes). Moreover, today’s availability of a wide colour range makes spray paint designs so versatile.

Spray paint is not difficult to use and results are rewarding, if you follow a few steps with care. Instructions are provided on the back of the can, also internet sources are extremely helpful. Here are a few simple tips: wait till your prime fully dries, find a very well ventilated place (outside would be the best), test spray paint on other surface before using on canvas, take your time, practice if you need to, follow the distance (about 30 cm), watch your movement motion, be careful not to over-spray, give paint time to dry before applying next layer.

Perfection comes with practice, a little bit of effort will bring most satisfying results. I promise.

Once your “canvas graffiti” background is complete, make sure layers are fully dried before continuing working on your art piece. Varnish as usual using liquid varnish or spray one.

This is my spray paint revolution, ultimately, I feel like a pioneer as I watch my paint techniques expend and my motivation limits widen.

I hope you try the spray paint technique. It will change your view on canvas from simple stretched cotton on a frame to a transparent, daring, exhilarating art field where visions come alive and inspiration materializes.

Good luck and, most importantly, have fun!

*Featured image is painting that was created by Patty Jean Labadie. You will find her beautiful art here*