Everyone’s hometown has its landmarks. The famous buildings and parks, the museums and theaters and the shops that the locals come to visit. And when you live there you get to know these sites, they’re part of your day-to-day life.
But there’s something else too. Think about your daily commute to work or the walk to your local hangout, what do you see on your way there? You see a vibrant display of expression right? Plastered on the walls and decorating the streets.
Graffiti. In a thousand different forms. Vandalism to some of course, and that’s not an entirely unjustifiable position to hold. In many cases it is just the defacing of public property and the intent isn’t always expression, sometimes it is actually just vandalism.
It can be about breaking the law just for the sake of breaking it. And you can usually tell the difference because the vandals are uninspired and uncreative with what they decide to decorate the walls with.
But for the ones who are actually artists, who want to create and not deface, graffiti is absolute magic and there is so much more to it, and to street art in general really, than most people realize. Again though, it’s not actually legal in a lot of places.
People do it anonymously and when they’re least likely to get caught and are running the risk of repercussions. If you wanted to try your own hand at graffiti, if you feel like it’s a good creative outlet for you but don’t want to put yourself at risk, you could always confine it to your house.
Sounds like a somewhat outrageous idea because you’re not putting it on display for the world, but if you just really like the artistic style and you want to try some of it yourself, a home graffiti wall is the way to go.
If you wanted to, you could just do it on a wall or a fence in your backyard which is relatively simple, or if you’re feeling more adventurous and you want to put your work on display a bit more for people who might visit, do it indoors.
This requires a little more time and thought because you really don’t want to mess it up and make a mess or taint your walls with a design that you’re not happy with and is also quite difficult to get rid of. So instead, let’s think about how to get it right:
Here’s what you should do if you want to set up a graffiti wall indoors:
- Choose the right place. You want to do this, make sure that you pick the right wall in the right room and it’s somewhere that you’re actually comfortable covering with paint and art.
- Get some high quality paint. Bad spray paint won’t last or it won’t look as crisp or clean so get the good stuff, the long-term results will be well worth it.
- Protect the surrounding area. Spray paint is not that easy to control, as the word spray probably suggests. It can and will get everywhere. Cover EVERYTHING except the wall you’re spraying. The floor, the furniture, the other walls. Just use old bed sheets or something equivalent.
- Practice your designs beforehand. You don’t want to have to redo it, or try to remove the paint entirely if you’re not satisfied with the design. And you want to perfect it before you put it on the wall. So practice on paper and come up with something you really like.
- Be safe. You mightn’t think that there’s any danger to spray painting a room, and there isn’t much to be honest, but it’s still worth being careful. Wear a dust mask, safety goggles, and make sure the room is well-ventilated.
- Outline in pencil. Don’t just go straight to spraying, be meticulous and be patient about it and get it outlined on the wall before you start actually painting.
- Then get to spraying!
If you’re completely new to this style of art, I would suggest that you spend a lot of time practicing on paper before you do anything to your wall. Like anything, it takes time and effort to get good at it.
Even if you have an artistic vision already in mind, the actual process of spray painting is a discipline in itself. Even just having the basics down is a step in the right direction and will put you on the right track to making beautiful art.
Things like holding the can about four inches from the wall, always spraying with the can firmly held in a vertical position, not putting too much pressure on the nozzle and ensuring that your motion is smooth and unbroken to avoid being splotchy.
All of these are essential tricks to learn. Once you’ve mastered the art, you can then start creating magic of your own from the comfort of your home.