Spray paint art reminds me so much of hip hop dance, both originated from the streets, invented by people who had no formal training, yet both have the power to touch our souls.

2 weeks ago while traveling in lovely San Francisco, a forgotten dream of painting a galaxy was awakened within me, as I watched street artists painting a bright moon floating above a silhouette of Golden Gate Bridge.

I often painted clouds in art school, and know that it can take days or weeks to give a painting light, air and volume. So you can imagine my excitement when it finally clicked that I can, perhaps, paint a galaxy filled with light, air and volume in 30 minutes!

Not to mention the chance to act like a bad a$$ street artist!

Step 1: Language of Spray Painting

In dance, when you really practice and know the steps, you can forget the steps and become one with the music.

The purpose of this section is to try to clearly define some useful methods and techniques unique to spray painting, which has not been written about widely. Some I learned from watching in the streets and on YouTube, some I figured out and modified through my failed paintings.

The ultimate goal is to forget the techniques and fly with your imagination.

Here's a summary, and each is covered in more detail in the steps they are used.

  1. Soft Mist :after creating some uneven blobs of paint, I figured this out- it sounds so counter intuitive- instead of pressing the nozzle then start moving the paint can, do the opposite, get the can moving, then press the nozzle! This will create a even and natural looking mist, without a heavy starting point. See Step 3 & 5
  2. Newspaper :while the paint is wet, use newspaper to lift some of the paints and create a cool texture. Can be used to create planets, mountains, etc. See Step 4
  3. Covered Stencil : stencil touches the painting, creates defined shapes with sharp edges. See Step 4
  4. Raised Stencil :stencil is lifted a couple of inches from painting, creates defined shapes with soft edges. See Step 3 & 6
  5. Bounced Paint :spray not the painting, but a straight or curved surface perpendicular from the painting to create a very soft line. I used it to create the spiral galaxy in an earlier painting -see last 2 images in Step 7- but find method 4 easier and quicker. Still, this method has a lot of potential for sure!
  6. Star Clusters :spray some paint on a small piece of thick paper and tap with your fingers on the back of the paper to create clusters of stars. See Step 6
  7. Comet :a quick tap on the bottom of a upside down spray can will create a comet / shooting star. See Step 6
sorry here is the one with tardis
<p>Those are very nice! They look great! I love how you approached using darker colors instead of bright ones! Looks great!</p>
Can you please give me some tips for doing this on a wall. Id greatly appreciate it
<p>Doing this on a wall would be really interesting, because once it's done, it's done. You can't change it. So here are a few tips if you DO want to do it on a wall:</p><p>-Practice: Practice at least 5-6 times your design on poster boards taped together or something the size of the wall.</p><p>-Make sure the wall isn't textured</p><p>-Figure out a way to get your planet stencils on there</p><p>And that's all I can think of...sorry for the 2 month margin of time..\_&gt;.&lt;_/</p>
<p>Is there any way to do this on a ceiling or a wall in a bedroom?</p>
<p>ceiling might be hard, but walls could be fun! =)</p>
OMG! that is beautiful... I am so totally gonna try and make one of my own... thnkx so much :-)
<p>Nice! Stylistically, I can just see Mew flying around this right now. :D</p>
thank you again blissfull. this will be a great gift for my 8 year old niece.
<p>hi superboy, that looks fabulous! thank you for sharing! =)</p>
The only thing missing (according to me) now is a TARDIS (time and relative dimensions in space) =^&bull;^= meao
I love the tardis too. so I made my own version and threw in a tardis.
bella99 here is my version including your tardis. thank you so much for this instructible it was so fast and so much fun.
<p>Really nice,and fast.thanks for posting.</p>
<p>just gorgeous! Well explained too. I know practice makes perfect but I do think you having amazing talent too!!!!</p>
<p>thank you dear gilly! i truly believe everyone is super talented, some may not know it, yet! =)</p>
Ok, ok, ok..... Three words: OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! I mean my friends think I'm good at painting, but this..... It's sooooooo coooooool &lt;3&lt;3
<p>thank you bella, and i too, LOVE everything about relative dimensions! =)</p>
<p>Thank you ive seen this on youtube and you explained it , its great , cant wait to try</p>
<p>much 感谢!</p>
<p>Awesome! Amazing. Voted and hope you win :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful technique.</p>
<p>thank you passion! you are so kind! =)</p>
This is beautiful! I think that it truly looks like a real galaxy! Wonderful job=)
<p>thank you so much loom! =)</p>
<p>I bought some paintings like this from a traveling artist at a fair, and I put one inside a shadow box and mounted some white &quot;holiday&quot; lights inside behind the painting. When lit, it gave the painting an even better look, as the illumination made it come alive. Sort of.</p>
<p>cool idea mike! maybe someone will invent spray-glow-paint, that would be awesome! =)</p>
<p>Amazing, you make me believe that even I can paint a galaxy! Thanks!!!</p>
<p>thank you so much for you kind words! have fun! =)</p>
<p>I've never commented on a lesson before, but this is awesome!</p><p>I can't wait to try this.</p>
<p>thank you so much! have lots of fun! =)</p>
<p>Reminds me of Bob Ross: The joy of paiting....</p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjrWKuJWR1U</p>
<p>thanks for sharing gustav!</p>
<p>I've had best luck when spray painting something other than art to start the spray then cross the object then release the spray and do the same going back that helps keep runs at the beginning of the pass. Works better than intuitive? P.S I think I'll get My air brush out and try it. Acrylic paints &amp; can mix colors except metallic, &quot;No mask needed&quot;. Thank's for getting Me going with that expensive air brush equipment again. Definitely Favorited and voted +. ~(:- })={ &gt; --- ]</p>
<p>thank you snoop! that might be the best alternative to spray cans right now!</p>
<p>This is <em>awesome</em>! Definitely got my vote.</p>
<p>thanks chabias!</p>
<p>Nice job! I like how you made the plannets! Beautiful </p>
<p>i have to thank all the street artists for inventing this! =)</p>
<p>i once saw a guy do this on the street and was really amazed! it looks really cool. </p>
<p>Amazing, one vote from me</p>
<p>oh man this is really cool!!</p>
<p>thank you pat!</p>
<p>WoW ! definitely vote worthy! I hope you win cause this is amazing! </p>
<p>thank you shazni! you are so sweet! =)</p>
<p>Wow, that's beautiful!</p>
Beautiful work and all without an air compressor spray gun--just spray cans! I've seen sidewalk sale art vendors sell similar paintings for a lot of money for a product that can be made in a short amount of time. Now, thanks to your 'ible, I can make my own. <br><br>Something I noticed about the comet drawings. Comets get a full tail when close to a sun or star and the tail generally flows away from the sun. The planets are illuminated by another light source and from a different angle to the comet. I would think that the dominant light source would be the sun which in the painting is off frame and the planet highlight and shadow should be responding to the same light source.<br><br>Another observation about the comet is the split tail. Some Comets obtain a split tail when one tail is a stream of dust and pebbles being left behind the comet's path, and the other tail occurs from light gasses being blown away from the solar winds. That tail tend to be a different color like blue or purple, a bit more subtle than the dust tail and being pushed away from the nucleus in a curved path at a different angle than the dust tail. These Comets are quite spectacular to behold. <br><br>Here again I commend you for your beautiful work. Cheers.
<p>thank you alcurb for the fun facts about comets! </p>
<p>thank you emily! </p>
<p>Great job, this looks amazing!</p>

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