Experiment: Spray Paint + Acrylic Paint + Water

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Golden Sunset

I wish I invented this abstract painting technique, but I did not.  I stole it (with consent) from a brilliant friend of mine who created many stylistically similar pieces in order to cure “plain white wall syndrome.” When I saw his artwork I knew I had to try it out for myself.

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Black and Gold

 

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Spray Paint
  • Water

 

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Gold Splattered Turtle

 

STEP 1:  Cover the canvas with a thick layer of acrylic paint. I decided to make simple blocks of color and then blended them without rinsing my brush.

STEP 2: Pour water over canvas.  Use as little water as possible. I’m talking 2 tablespoons worth.

STEP 3: Lay canvas down flat in a well ventilated area. Gently shake canvas to move the water around (you will want to have a few pools of water to experiment with at first, you can always add more later.)

STEP 4: Add spray paint. I tried two different approaches: spraying the paint directly onto the canvas in short bursts, and spraying the paint into the cap so I could precisely drip the paint exactly where I wanted.  You will see the paint interact with the water in different ways; so experiment with it!  I used both spray paint techniques on each painting. I even tried adding droplets of water on top of the spray paint.

STEP 5:  Allow to dry completely. This took about 7 hours due to the thickness of the paint and the addition of water. Be patient, it is totally worth it. Make sure your drying surface is level or else the paint will slowly drip off the canvas.

STEP 6: Display your beautiful masterpiece, you – artsy connoisseur – you! Fantastic job!!

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3 thoughts on “Experiment: Spray Paint + Acrylic Paint + Water

  1. Genevieve

    This looks awesome! Did you let the acrylic paint dry first…or was all the paint wet when you added the water and spray paint?

    • czarkasm

      All of the paint was wet when I added both the water and the spray paint right after that. Different spray paints give different effects, and it’s fun to experiment.

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