How to Practice Spray Paint Art

By Contributor ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Drop cloths or newspapers
  • Flat work surface
  • Posterboard or wood
  • Masking tape
  • Face mask and goggles
  • Latex gloves
  • Spray paint
  • Pages from magazines
  • Assorted metal or wood scrapers
  • Miscellaneous objects to make circles
  • Stencils of various shapes
Get permission before you practice spray paint art skills.

How to Practice Spray Paint Art. Spray paint art, like other forms of painting, takes a lot of practice. Artists who paint with this medium have to learn hand control in order to put the paint in the intended spots. They must practice using different tools to create texture. An ideal situation in which to practice spray paint art includes large amounts of time and space in which to work.

Choose a well-ventilated space in which to practice your spray paint art. A driveway or a garage with the door left open are both good areas in which to paint.

Spread out newspaper or a drop cloth over the area where you will be practicing your art. Remove any items that you do not want ruined by paint.

Tape the edges of your posterboard or piece of wood to the protected surface. Use painter's or masking tape that will be easy to remove when you are finished painting.

Put on protective gear before you start to practice your techniques. Use a face mask to avoid inhaling dangerous paint fumes. Protect your hands with disposable latex gloves.

Practice using the spray paint cans if you are a first-time painter. Adjust the rate of paint flow by using more or less pressure from your fingers on the nozzle. See what the effect is on the shading and texture of the paint.

Create layers and texture on your painting surface with glossy pages from magazines. Coat the posterboard with paint, then put a page on top. Peel the magazine page back off the spray paint to reveal a different texture.

Collect household items to make uniform shapes. Use the bottoms of paper cups or tops of bottles for circles. Be creative and see what shapes exist in your everyday life.

Lay a stencil on the paper and spray paint over it. Carefully lift up the stencil and the shape will be revealed on the page.

Use clay modeling tools to provide more texture and straight lines for spray paint art. Many artists use metal or wood scrapers to make buildings in their paintings. Practice using these tools with several layers of paint.


New artists can gradually improve their abilities by practicing one spray painting technique at a time. Become confident in creating different textures with different types of papers before you start to use scraping tools. Progress slowly to avoid the frustration of having to learn everything at once.

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