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July 12, 2019

Planets and Space Painting

Planets and space painting can make us imagine what it would be like to be in another place and time where anything is possible. Most of you already know that you can paint beautiful planets by using spray paint art techniques. The shadow and the highlight along with the texture make the difference between a planet that looks cartoon-like and one that could be in a fantasy universe. 

So, what is a shadow and what is a highlight? Also, where do you put them? Is it always in the same place?

A shadow is generally a darker color and a highlight is generally a brighter color. However, like all rules, this one is also designed to be broken. But let’s start simple.

Generally, shadows are darker, transparent colors. Black is the classic shadow but you can also use any transparent color as a secondary shadow. You would fade from blue to black for example. Or maybe purple to blue to black.

A highlight is generally bright. It could be ivory, white, yellow or a brighter version of any color…pink for example. 

Often adding white and a transparent color on top makes a sophisticated highlight.

Shadow and light doesn’t always go in the same place. Check out some possibilities here:

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July 5, 2019

Wet Spray Paint Art Techniques

Hola Amigo,

Painting very wet is a great way to make things that are watery or airy. It is one of the most useful spray paint art techniques.

You can swirl wet paint, blow it around, drag it and then let it settle. Obviously, this is a great way to make actual water! It’s also useful for making galaxies and nebulas that look natural and realistic. The clear coat, water, or other liquid you use to create these effects is very important. 

If you want to experiment with water-based spray paint or you are painting with regular acrylics, you can experiment with water, Windex, Pledge Future, and Simple Green mixed with water. Each of these will give you a different effect. 

We have tutorials in the Airbrush area of the membershiparea that feature these techniques to create galaxies and nebulas such as these.

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June 21, 2019

Palette Knife for Spray Paint Art

The palette knife or spatula is used in spray paint art to create many effects. It creates lines and shapes almost magically when you know how to use it. There are many sizes and shapes of palette knife and it’s good to experiment with as many as you can get your hands on. 

This one is good for drawing wide lines which are useful for portraits among other things.

palette knife

Face done with large palette knife

This one is good for sharp lines and peaks like the castles on top of mountains so popular in spray paint art.

Medium sized palette knife
Also good for drawing peaks
Fun with the palette knife

If you press down just right as you draw, you can make shadows and highlights at the same time. It does take some practice and knowing just where you want the light colors and dark colors to be.

It’s important to create many layers of color to get the nicest effects when carving the paint away. The paper you use can make a difference. Some paper absorbs the colors of the paint more and the result of carving reveals a slight tint. This tends to look better to my eye than bright white.

Gerardo Amor was a master of the palette knife. We are blessed to have his tutorial on spatula and newspaper in the members area of www.spraypaintartsecrets.com

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June 15, 2019

Spray Painting With Plastic

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If you haven’t seen the new June previews …check this out!

OK, on to the good stuff…painting with plastic. 

There are many kinds of plastic and they all crinkle differently. 

There are plastic bags from the supermarket, the ones that you put vegetables in, the ones they give you your stuff in, the ones that you buy for food storage, garbage etc, etc. 

Spray Paint Textures

Plastic is terrible for the environment and hopefully this stuff won’t be around forever to be used…but while it’s here, you can use it for art. Better yet, there are biodegradable bags that look like plastic…I’m going to get some and try them instead!

The magic of plastic are the crinkles. Each crinkly surface becomes a beautiful texture when you brush the plastic over a few layers of spray paint or airbrushed paint. You can then use them to create galaxies, planets or whatever your imagination comes up with. 

One very cool trick that most people don’t know is that you can wind the plastic bags around your palette knives and use them to stamp textures and paint patterns into your painting. This is a great way to make pine trees.

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June 6, 2019

Newspaper and Spray Paint

Spray paint art uses newspaper to create amazing textures. To get amazing textures, you need at least 2 layers of paint. More colors will make it more interesting. You can crinkle the newspaper a little or a lot and it will make different textures. This is one of the most fun parts of spray paint art!

Classic semi-stiff newspaper for Land

Newspaper comes in many varieties. There are stiff papers and soft papers. Magazine paper is similar. You can repurpose the junk mail catalogs you get. Often the paper is soft but glossy. This can work well for smooth land and trees.

You might know how to use newspaper to create land but did you know you can also do cave textures, trees and much more? It all depends on the size of the newspaper, how you fold it and where you hold it. Usually your fingers create the sharp lines by drawing from inside the paper. 

Done with many tiny little thumb marks inside the newspaper
Strips of folded newspaper

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