How to do spray paint art

Today I will teach you how to make a galaxy with the help of spray paints. This guide will be really helpful for newbies and newcomers in this field.

A very easy-to-understand step-by-step guide When I was in college and had to come up with projects for class, I painted a handful of works with oils.

Method to make art with spray paint

While some people may think of it as an outdated medium, I loved how each stroke on the canvas told a different story.

Sadly though, after high school my interest in painting waned, and when I learned that there are ways to make your own art without any training – like spray paint art – the idea of painting on walls excited me all over again!

The techniques seemed quite unique and the possibilities for spray paint art looked endless! It seemed like anyone could do it given time.

Setting up the canvas in a ventilated area

It’s better to paint outside or in an open airy area so that all of your paint fumes are kept from lingering indoors. If you’re working inside, open windows and set up a box fan to blow the air around.

Now select a safe place for painting

Select a safe, legal place to paint if you want to display your work. Look for some empty walls in your area that could serve as a potential canvas for your art.

As it is illegal to spray-paint over someone’s property (regardless of whether or not there’s permission), be sure that what you’re painting won’t offend them – or make them think they have to redecorate!

If people are trying to make a living with their own business and you do this, well, the unforgiving consequences are likely to catch up with you at some point or another.

Protecting surroundings

Cover the surrounding area with a drop cloth or plastic. Painters take care of your surroundings!

Whether you’re working indoors or outdoors, protect your surroundings from stray splashes of paint by laying large sections of drop cloth or plastic sheeting across the ground and surrounding walls.

Secure these protective cloths and sheeting in place with strips of painter’s tape so these items don’t shift around while you’re working.

Tools which we need

  • Use a respirator mask if you do a lot of painting or do some paintwork. This will be really helpful to protect you from fumes and dangerous chemicals.
  • You will be needing spray paints to make your desired design on the wall or on canvas. I use Rust-Oleum painter’s touch, as you know I discuss Rust company spray paints very often. Because they are reliable and are very handy to use.
  • You should have poster boards and should be glossy side
  • You can use cans, lids, or plastic pots to make a round shape. It must have a hollow side to that it does not touch the paint when placed on the painting, If it does then It will create a mess.
  • Newspaper for making designs
  • And also, you must have protective gear like gloves, a mask, and a proper paint suit

Protecting gear

Protect your skin and clothes by wearing gloves and old clothing. If your work clothes are stained or dirty, wear an old pair of shoes. To keep paint off of your skin, cover it with a pair of work gloves.

Mask up! In order to prevent yourself from inhaling toxic paint fumes, always put on proper protection.

If you don’t already have a respirator mask handy, pick up some sort of safety or breathing mask and make sure it covers your nose and mouth completely before doing any painting with sprays.

protection from spray paint

Using newspaper or foil

Don’t let newspapers and magazines destined for the recycling bin go to waste. Rip out a few sheets of newsprint or aluminum foil that can be used to add fun textures to your spray paint art projects without spending any extra cash.

If you don’t have any newsprint or aluminum foil handy, simply recycle your old papers and magazines by ripping out old issues to use as unique applications at another time.

Start making galaxy design

Select a new color scheme for your Tiny Planets. Choose 3-4 fun colors to use for your planets.

Depending on your overall design, you can also select a combination of rich, warm tones or cool and neutral hues to create a striking, vibrant design for the planets in your galaxy!

Once you’ve picked out a color scheme, simply purchase some spray paint from an art supply store.

Make an outline of the planets

Secure a round object to your painting space. Use tape and outline where the planets should go when you’re aiming for an expansive piece as if for example you were outlining the border between countries on a map.

If you have multiple of these items lying around, don’t hesitate to tape them down if you’re aiming for multiple planets! To make the outline definite, paint around the item and use it as a guide to draw planets.

Spraying lines to make outline round

When it comes to creating unique backgrounds, one of the options you have is by using spray paint. To make a somewhat abstract background, you’ll want to start by spraying 3-4 lines of color in a circular shape.

Select your preferred main color and apply a straight line along the bottom of your empty circle. Layer another line of color on top of this lower section using a different shade of spray paint.

Covering the colorful lines

Cover your colorful lines with a layer of white spray paint. Apply any color you choose to the surface of your planet and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Don’t worry about making this layer consistent; instead, just focus on covering your multicolored stripes of paint.

Shading the bottom

Paint the bottom ⅓ of the circle with black spray paint. Use a black can of spray paint, which can be found at a hardware store or an art store, and start spraying a curved line on the bottom half of your circular card base.

Seal it by applying thick layers of this dark paint over it – since these will create shadows for our planet later on.

Using wrinkled paper

Give your painted planet texture by adding crumpled wrinkled paper. Take a piece of newspaper, magazine, or foil and crumple it in your hands.

After unwrapping the paper, place it onto the wet paint. Gently press the sheet into place so that you can see spots where you pressed down on the paper.

After pushing the new wrinkly paint into place using your fingertips, pinch the edges of the paper or foil and carefully remove it from your planet’s surface. Just like removing wax paper from cookies!

making art with spray paint

Let the paint dry

Wait 5-10 minutes for the paint to dry. Get a timer for at least 5 minutes and set it to remind you when the various layers of spray paint have dried enough that they are not dripping wet.

Don’t expect them to dry completely—just wait until they are no longer damp or wet.

Covering your planet with round item

Protect the planet by covering it with a round filter. Use the filter previously used to protect your earth.

Paint on top of this layer with two different colors: light yellow, and sunny yellow, and pick as many other colors that you want as long as they have at least one color in common (yellow).

Once you have done that proceed with the next step: add another filter on top of this last step’s painting but make sure it is not transparent (you can use green instead of orange) and cover it up like before but don’t forget to secure it using some painter’s tape or another image nailing surface.

Spraying black around the planets

You can make a black night sky if you use a torch to paint over the planet.

Use any black color and spray it evenly on the planet and also do this around the edges of your plate or disk too. It should look like space now because no colors are visible.

A streak of metallic paint

To make your starry night more stunning, paint a streak of metallic paint. Choose a shiny color that matches your overall scheme, like turquoise, gold, or silver. Spray it diagonally next to one of the planets you already covered with gold spray paint.

Making a scattered star effect

To create a scattered star effect, flick white paint across your canvas. To create a thicker layer of paint on your pointer and middle fingertips, spritz a generous amount of white paint onto both fingers and flick off the excess.

Next, extend your fingers out at different distances from the canvas with pointed tips and flicking motions to scatter white flecks of paint across the canvas in an irregular pattern.

Repeat this process all over the canvas until you achieve a traditional starry sky look.

Other designs

Making checkered effect design

When laying out your art for display, why not consider using a strip of canvas painted like a checkerboard? First, hang a white shelf liner from an overhang or wall-mounted picture hanger.

Next, paint the walls of the shelf liner with alternating colors and apply painter’s tape over each section before spraying it with paint in the desired pattern!

When you are done painting, leave the shelf liner to dry and then remove it to reveal a colorful mural that can quickly be installed on any wall in your home or apartment.

Making custom shapes with tap

Design custom shapes with strips of painter’s tape. Cut out various pieces of masking or painter’s tape and arrange them along with your canvas in a unique pattern.

Once you’ve placed your strips of tape over the canvas, apply a thick layer of spray paint around the edges by holding up the can about 8-12 inches away from the canvas and moving it in a circular motion to cover a good surface area. Finally, rip off the painter’s tape to reveal a sharp, sleek design!

Spraying over a paper cut-out

Spray painting over a paper cut-out can create a cool shadow mural. Sketch out a unique pattern or design on a giant piece of white or light cardboard, like making some kind of a plant, animal, or person.

Cut out the design using scissors to make yourself a stencil that you can stick onto your wall. Once this is done, spray over the stencil with an entire can of blue spray paint and let it sit for at least half an hour.

After this time has passed, simply pull off the stencil and now you’re left with beautiful artwork.

Making brick background

To create this design, take a lot of very long pieces of tape and place them side by side so that you have one long strip.

After you have this one large strip take several smaller pieces and place them between the larger strips. Alternate between having large pieces and then small pieces until you have “brick-like” rows.

Then spray red paint on the surface but make sure to spray mostly red on the bottom left corner because that is where your eye would first see a brick background.

Cutting out a paper heart

Cut out a heart. Trace it onto printer paper and use it as a stencil. Cut around the heart shape with scissors and remove, keeping the edges of the stencil line.

Place the flat paper on a table and spray paint through the heart stencil to make fun shapes.

Let the designs dry

Wait one day for your project to dry before removing any plastic covers. You should allow 1-day drying time altogether before moving on to the next step.

The best way to go about this is to keep a daily log in order to provide ample time between paints and pads (if you choose them).

After the last layer of paint and sealant has dried, leaving all surfaces covered until then, you can remove whatever plastic covering at least 24 hours later or once there have been no additional layers applied since.


Yes, you can. However, you should use the right type of spray paint for canvas to make sure that it’s durable and will not be damaged when you remove the paint. You can use Krylon or Rust-Oleum spray paint, both of which are affordable. You should also make sure that you’re using acrylic paint since other kinds of paint will not stick. Lastly, make sure that the area that you’re spraying is well ventilated. The paint will be hot when it comes to paint and you don’t want to inhale any fumes.

I think it depends on how big the painting is. I would wet it if it was big, but not small. This is because if it was big and I didn’t want to wet it, then it would take me a lot of time and effort to paint it. This is because the paint would dry too quick and I wouldn’t be able to spread it evenly. But if I did wet it, then I could paint more evenly.

You want to use paper that is lightweight, but not too flimsy. Something like a grocery bag is too flimsy, while card stock is a little too heavy. The best paper you could use is something like newspaper.  Newspaper is very lightweight, which is what you need to keep your spray-painted art light, but it’s also not too flimsy.  The last thing you want is your art to start to sag under the weight of the paint, or for it to be too brittle and crack due to being too stiff.  Newspaper is a happy medium between the two.

Actually, spray paint can go through paper but it would be better not to do it. Spray paint can be made into aerosol spray cans and used to spray surfaces that would not be possible to paint otherwise. But it is not possible to spray paint through paper in real life.  When spray paint is applied to paper or other surfaces, the paint will soak into the material and leave a layer of paint on the surface. Spray paint does not completely go through paper in real life.

Spraying evenly is one of the most important aspects of spray painting, and can be the difference between a professional looking paint job and one that looks like a three-year-old took a turn with a can. (I’ve done both) Here is an easy trick to ensure that you spray-paint spray evenly. You will need one piece of 100% cardboard and a 40-60 grit sanding block. Start by taking the cardboard and scuffing it with the sanding block. This will lay the cardboard down and allow the spray to lay down better. Next, take the cardboard and start working it with the can at a distance of about 12-18 inches. Start working the cardboard in a back and forth motion. The can should never be moving across an inch of paint. It should move in a diagonal fashion, starting on one corner and working its way to the opposite corner. You will notice that the spray will break up in a cross-hatch pattern. This is an indication that your spray is not laying down evenly. When you get the hang of it, you will be a pro in no time.

Spray paint art is a form of graffiti. Graffiti is the main object of spray paint art. Spray paint art is usually quite big and it is painted on big walls or even on trains. This is because the artist wants to make his art very noticeable. To make spray paint art, you will need a lot of spray paint cans. The cans should have at least 40oz. of paint. That’s a lot of paint. You will also need a very big surface to paint on. You will also need other types of art supplies to make your spray paint art better.

Verdict on How to do spray paint art

Here are some step-by-step guides to making different designs with the help of spray paint which I have learned over the course of years.

I have explained each and every step in a very easy way for the newcomers in this field. If still, you find any confusion in following these steps then do let me know in the comments section I will try to solve your query as soon as possible and in simple words.

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