Graffiti Made Easy!




In this instructable I will show you how to spraypaint like some of the things you see on trains. After reading this you aren't going to be a professional but hopefully you will be able to spraypaint your own graffiti tag.Make sure you have plenty of spraypaint, an old sheet, somewhrere to paint, and your imagination.(that last one was sarcastic.)

Oh yeah rember, we are doing this on a sheet, not a building or train or anything else that isnt yours.(wink wink)

I am not responsible for anything you do using spraypaint that is bad.This is for information only.

Step 1: Prepartion

The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to spraypaint.
What are you going to write?
What color is going to be?
Will it be 3d?
Will it have a shadow?
for some examples, you can create simple tags at :
Making up your graffii name can be fun.Mine is Tiny, because I am small.Be different!
If you have never tagged before, try to keep it simple. Once you have something in mind, practice drawing it on paper.It doesn't have to be perfect!I ended up with a different tag then my drawing, but the drawing still helped alot.

After you have decided on what you want, prepare the sheet by hanging it up somewhere it won't matter if paint bleeds through or gets on stuff.I hung my sheet up on an old van with paint already on it.I held it up by a rake thingy on top of the van.

Step 2: Coloring

Start spraypainting each letter touching each other with the main color.Make the lines thick by keeping the nozzle about five inches away from the sheet.
Once you are happy with the outline you can start filling in the letters.Use a sweeping motion slowly so that the color looks pretty even.Don't get the can to close to the sheet or the color will look kinda blotchy.
Your finger you use to keep the nozzle pressed will probably hurt by now so take a break.
Some nozzles work way better than others so look out for them and keep them, thats what i do.

Step 3: Outlining

Once the letters are colored it is me to re outline the letters in black or another dark color.Go back over the kinda visible lines of before slowly to make sure there isn't many mistakes.Do one letter at a time.

Step 4: Detailing

Now is the time to add shadowing or any other details.Use white to add highlights if you want.You have to keep going over the white to get it to stand out so be careful because it can run and look drippy easy .
I added an extra outline to mine about an inch away and a zigzag part on top.
i messed up on the zig zag part.Be slow and careful as you start finishing up!
Here is me adding the last outline.

Step 5: You Are Finished!

You are done!
After all the paint has dried you can do whatever you want to it! Just remember it flammable!
I like to cut mine out and hang them on my bedroom wall, but i let them sit out a couple days because they smell bad.



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    53 Discussions

    That One Eegit

    7 years ago on Step 2

    Ive seen special handgrips shaped like a pistol grip. When you pull the trigger, it sprays. They're about $3


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry bro, Gonna have to call TOY TOY TOY...

    You're getting there though, I'd get some better gear, and work on outlines.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    and shadowing. he should have left the shadows in from the original black book. it would have looked better.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    unless you buy "Painters touch" made by rustoleum you cant use caps from other aerosol cans because almost all spraypaint cans have a female valve system. except for painters touch and all other aerosol cans have a male valve system and molotow markers do suck, the formula is horrible. buy Oink ink its probably the best stuff on the market as far as refills go. Just buy from a site, send them a money order if you dont have a credit card it would look better if you didnt mess up the second(the black outline that isnt touching the main body) i hope you dont put throwies of that quality on the street(its called a throwy, not a piece by the way) this instructable is Okay on the basis its the first writing tutorial and it shows it in basic steps. it could be better but oh well, props for being the first. i would have liked to see more about the qualities of the different brands of spraypaint out on the market(and im not talking about paint like Hardcore, beat sabotaz ironlak , i mean rustoleum and krylon so you cant steal a review or someone elses opinion) also, saying you buy anything from will most likely get you labeled as a toy.the only guy out there in the graffiti market out to help and not make money is James from (im out to make money, my site will be up once i get this shipment in) also, graffiti and stealing come hand in hand. graffiti and "thug attitude" come hand in hand unless you get into stencils and wheatpaste posters and stickers. so if you want the true "graffiti experience" dont get mad at people for being harsh on you. its all part of the game and i went waayyy too nice on you. also, il be up for a battle, pick the word and category and Pm me

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm pretty sure the ads are on the right side of the page, but i could be wrong...


    7 years ago on Introduction

    its okay but ive seen better no ofense
    since the one i have seen are made by people doing this for like their whole life this is still preatty good


    8 years ago on Introduction

    when i try to make a different tween it's never smooth it's always blotchy. Any tips?


    9 years ago on Introduction


    Well .... this is all i could come up with lol.. i'ma little rusty. but this site helpped me some =]


    10 years ago on Introduction

    eney one up 4 skechin me {soundcheck] 4 a soundsystem?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I agree with okto 100%. When learning new things I don't start with the most complicated. All your suggestions are helpful and your instructions are easy to follow making this a successful instructable. Though I might add that when combining shapes of the same colour it would be helpful to have an outline to follow.