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First off, this is my first Instructable, so please give me feedback on how I'm doing. =)

Spray paint space scenes are fun and with a little bit of practice, you can make paintings to amaze all your friends and family.

Okay, so lets learn how to paint amazing space scenes, like the one below!

You will need:
-Poster paper (must have a glossy side!)
-Spray paint (the more colors the better)(oh, and glossy paint works the best)
-Circular objects
-Rubber gloves (optional)
-magazine or newspaper pages
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Step 1: Chose your colors, then spray them.

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Put your poster paper glossy side up (I cut my posters into halves or quarters to make them more manageable). Get an idea in your head of where you want your planets/moons/stars, and also what colors you want them.

Pick two colors for each planet/moon (my colors are yellow and red for my planet and blue and pink for my moon).

Spray the colors on top of one another in the general area you want the planet and moon. It's okay to spray larger areas than you need, in fact it's good to do to insure there is no white showing through on the edges of your soon-to-be planets.

Generally speaking it's best to spray the lightest color first, then the darker one, but you can do it either way.

Step 2: Making the pattern

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Quickly, before the paint dries, take the magazine or newspaper pages and put them flat on top of the spray painted areas. You may need to use more than one per planet depending on how big it is.

Then pull the pages off after a couple of seconds to reveal the pattern it created.

Using black (or what ever color you want the sky to be) spray a curved line on one side of each soon-to-be planet; this will be the dark side of the planet, so make it the same direction on all of them so they have a common light source such as a near by star.
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SaphyreP1 month ago

I would really love to start spray paint art but I have asthma. Do you think I could use a regular cleaning mask to keep the chemicals away from me?

2 questions.

Anyone try this with the super cheap Walmart paints (colorplace)?

Has anyone done this to their wall?
I was wondering if anyone had tried it on a wall, too. It would look awesome as a feature wall with glow in the dark paint :)

Now I just need to find somewhere in the UK that sells spray paint cheaply lol
You can paint on a wall I suggest you spray paint the area with white 6x to get the glossy affect
I thought this was going on a wall when I first saw the instructable.
Yes, I do art like this all the time with colorplace spray paint, To me it works really well.
same here
jordanb16 months ago

what paper did you use and what size, i need help with the paper size thanks

noahaz76511 year ago

I would recommend spray black over your colors so it does not rip off the colors you sprayed and it gives it more depth once its completed.

I totally agree with you.

A friend showed me this at camp, and he did it that way too. Except he would use either black OR white, depending on which better worked with the color scheme.

Duseg8 months ago

i made it! love this instruction!

only i made it with acrylic paint. i just applied this technique to my situation.

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proweb365com10 months ago

Nice to see these techniques. I found the course that teaches you all techniques about how to spray masterpiece within short time


Jenny Gump1 year ago

I greatly appreciate your time and effort in posting this video. For the longest time I've been looking for a wall decor with space as its background, but could never find the perfect one. I'm a HUGE space fanatic and this helped me so much! I even started my own profile just to thank you haha but thank you, you saved me time and money.

Z0M8I32 years ago
This is GREAT! Thanks for sharing!
I have a sneaking suspicion you did a bit of street art and graffiti back before you decided to try this lol! Just saying nice job there and we'll done instructable :)
ppprfldr5 years ago
i've known how to do this but not the mountains. can you make an instructable on how to do them? and pyramids if you know how, pleez?
Suzll (author)  ppprfldr5 years ago
Yes, I am going to make a Space Paintings Part 2 Instructable within the near future outlining all of the different techniques I know. Keep your eyes peeled, Thanks!
Crucio Suzll3 years ago
They've been peeled for 2.5 years now, Suzll. :-p
Great instructable! I did it in under 15 mins and its the first piece of art ive made that i actually like lol. saved me on a project about scale too. attached is a picture of the picture. Im goign to add some fine details with acryllics because my professor demands 2 materials but i like it the way it is now! i forgot to add the planets shadows but oh well.
Wow! Too cool! I wish I'd known about this technique 10-15 years ago when I was helping a kid create exhibits for our county fair. Maybe I can incorporate it into some halloween decorations or something. It is too good not to try.
d1ndian3 years ago
is that your video on youtube, where a person makes one in 10 seconds or something?
Awesome instructable!
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Youre my new favorite person for sharing this! I have a painting I got on a trip as a kid that I watched the guy paint on the street just this style, always wanted to try it myself :D Soo excited to go shop for spray paint colors.
lol same here^^
I had a poster made on the streets of greece maybe 8 years ago...
Ditto. Streets of San Francisco. I still have it. x)
evindrews4 years ago
Amazing! I did something like that in art class the other day! (well, not the way your doing it, but yours is still WAY better)
ilikepie=)4 years ago
If you place your paper on a carpet then step on it and then smear your poster it looks bettter
saidthety5 years ago
These are all really cool paintings. I just have one thing to add- To make meteors/shooting stars, tun your spray can upside-down so that the nozzle in touching your poster. Lightly press down on the bottom of the can, and TADDAH! A Meteor!
Suzll (author)  saidthety5 years ago
Yes I love painting meteors! Only sometimes if you angle the can too far down, you get something that looks like a flying hotdog! Thanks!
Valeil Suzll4 years ago
or if you are making a meteor shower, and you tap it down too hard, it might bust the nozzle. ...I miss my yellow...
Valeil Valeil4 years ago
Well actually it didn't bust the nozzle, it just bent it... :/
vader1505 years ago
could you please explain how to do the mountains/pyramids. These paintings are awsome. Thanks for explaining the process
Valeil vader1504 years ago
there's a video on youtube that shows how to do it. Just look up 1 Minute Space Painting.
Valeil vader1504 years ago
I'm sure it's very similar to the planets, just use a rectangle instead of a circle.
Valeil Valeil4 years ago
Or, you know, the corner of said rectangle. Or a triangle.
I saw someone doing something like this at a strip in Dallas and it was amazing and I remember wishing I could do something like it...THANK YOU!!!
omg i saw that guy too! hahaha wait down by the West End? lol
Yes!!! That was it. Maybe we saw each other and didn't even know and now here we are on the www and found each was really cool.
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