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Paint a Galaxy in 30 Minutes

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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!

 
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Step 1: Language of Spray Painting

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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
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spylock8 days ago

Really nice,and fast.thanks for posting.

gillyclick12 days ago

just gorgeous! Well explained too. I know practice makes perfect but I do think you having amazing talent too!!!!

blissful2015 (author)  gillyclick10 days ago

thank you dear gilly! i truly believe everyone is super talented, some may not know it, yet! =)

Bella9912 days ago
Ok, ok, ok..... Three words: OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! I mean my friends think I'm good at painting, but this..... It's sooooooo coooooool <3<3
blissful2015 (author)  Bella9912 days ago

thank you bella, and i too, LOVE everything about relative dimensions! =)

Bella9912 days ago
The only thing missing (according to me) now is a TARDIS (time and relative dimensions in space) =^•^= meao

Thank you ive seen this on youtube and you explained it , its great , cant wait to try

Leon-Xu17 days ago
真漂亮,有创意
blissful2015 (author)  Leon-Xu17 days ago

much 感谢!

Awesome! Amazing. Voted and hope you win :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful technique.

blissful2015 (author)  Passion Make20 days ago

thank you passion! you are so kind! =)

This is beautiful! I think that it truly looks like a real galaxy! Wonderful job=)

thank you so much loom! =)

mikes422221 days ago

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 "holiday" lights inside behind the painting. When lit, it gave the painting an even better look, as the illumination made it come alive. Sort of.

blissful2015 (author)  mikes422220 days ago

cool idea mike! maybe someone will invent spray-glow-paint, that would be awesome! =)

astack22923 days ago

Amazing, you make me believe that even I can paint a galaxy! Thanks!!!

blissful2015 (author)  astack22922 days ago

thank you so much for you kind words! have fun! =)

I've never commented on a lesson before, but this is awesome!

I can't wait to try this.

blissful2015 (author)  woodlandwhispers22 days ago

thank you so much! have lots of fun! =)

GustavG22 days ago

Reminds me of Bob Ross: The joy of paiting....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjrWKuJWR1U

blissful2015 (author)  GustavG22 days ago

thanks for sharing gustav!

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 & can mix colors except metallic, "No mask needed". Thank's for getting Me going with that expensive air brush equipment again. Definitely Favorited and voted +. ~(:- })={ > --- ]

blissful2015 (author)  snoopindaweb22 days ago

thank you snoop! that might be the best alternative to spray cans right now!

chabias22 days ago

This is awesome! Definitely got my vote.

blissful2015 (author)  chabias22 days ago

thanks chabias!

gabrieltaft22 days ago

Nice job! I like how you made the plannets! Beautiful

blissful2015 (author)  gabrieltaft22 days ago

i have to thank all the street artists for inventing this! =)

evacooper22 days ago

i once saw a guy do this on the street and was really amazed! it looks really cool.

balidaren23 days ago

Amazing, one vote from me

patsheldon24 days ago

oh man this is really cool!!

blissful2015 (author)  patsheldon24 days ago

thank you pat!

shazni24 days ago

WoW ! definitely vote worthy! I hope you win cause this is amazing!

blissful2015 (author)  shazni24 days ago

thank you shazni! you are so sweet! =)

Wow, that's beautiful!

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.

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.

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.

Here again I commend you for your beautiful work. Cheers.
blissful2015 (author)  alcurb24 days ago

thank you alcurb for the fun facts about comets!

blissful2015 (author)  emilyvanleemput24 days ago

thank you emily!

hunter99925 days ago

Great job, this looks amazing!

blissful2015 (author)  hunter99924 days ago

thank you hunter!

willybham25 days ago
I SO WANT TO PAINT MY ROOM LIKE THAT!!!! Btw ur pictures are increadible! Now just add a blacklight and watch it glow ;)
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