Things You'll Need:
- Cans of paint
- Old sheets
- Various sized paint brushes
- Spray bottles or water gun
- Rags or old clothes
Remember to wear old clothes while spatter painting. Test color combinations and make sure you like them before you apply paint to the walls.
Looking to add some flair to a boring room? If you're a fan of abstract visuals, splattering paint at your walls can yield exciting results while allowing you to create a completely unique design. Splatter painting is a free-form way to decorate a room without restriction. There are plenty of ways to splatter paint and no single correct way of doing it--what's fun about it is that using your own creativity and judgment is essential to the process. Here are a few methods to experiment with.
Cover the floor of the room securely with old sheets to protect it from flyaway paint. You may want to cover the ceiling, too, if you're not going to be painting it later.
Dip the bristles of a paintbrush into the paint and flick the paint at the wall, keeping the brush in your hand. Start by trying different brush sizes and observing the results they create when you stand at various distances from the wall, then continue with what appeals to you most. If the room is small, stand in the middle of the room and try spinning in a circle while flicking the brush. Experimentation is the key principle of splatter painting.
Fill balloons with paint using a funnel. Tie them up and then throw them at the walls at random. Or, if making holes in the walls isn't an issue, pin the balloons up and throw darts at them.
Find a squirt bottle or water gun that will spray from a long distance and fill it with paint. Test the result first on an old sheet or large canvas and apply the technique you like to the wall.
Dip rags or old clothes in paint and use the same flicking motion towards the walls as with the paint brush. The length of the fabric and the amount of paint you coat it in will vary what the splatters look like.
Experiment with different ranges and distances, color combinations, and watering down the paint to adjust the way the paint splatters. Keep in mind that the process of splatter painting is dependent on being bold, random and unrestricted.
Diane Szulecki is a college student from New Jersey, majoring in journalism and art history. She is currently interning at a local magazine publishing company.