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Discover the history of spray paint art


Spray paint art is no longer only for the streets, but has developed into a respected form of art since it first originated in Mexico City in the 1980s.

Even earlier, spray paint itself originated in Sycamore, IL in 1949. Ed Seymour was searching for a way to demonstrate an aluminum coating for painting radiators and mixed paint and aerosol in a can with a spray head.

The compressed paint was a success and the paint salesman expanded into a new business.

Now, most large cities in North and South America have spray paint artists. Spray paint art includes the application of spray paint onto a non-porous material like wood, metal, glass or plastic.

Spay paint artists create murals, portraits and gallery work.

Spray paint art supplies and equipment can be expensive, but oftentimes items can be gathered from around the house for added effects and techniques.

So what do you need to get started?

Spray paint cans, caps, posterboard, tools and protective wear, as well as newspaper or magazine sheets and other household items to make templates. Cleaning fluids are also necessary to clean tools and remove paint from skin.

These spray paint art supplies, which are sold at supply stores like Reprographics Imaging and Supply in Crystal Lake, can get you on your way to creating your own spray paint masterpieces.

According to Diane Henkler, a DIY creative blogger, there are two important tips about spray painting: Shake the can for a minute, then shake it again for another minute and also while you are spraying. For optimal paint adhesion and drying,try to spray when the temp is between 65 – 85 degrees. Cooler is better.

It is important to learn about spray paint before getting started to ensure that you can successfully complete your project.

Adapted from Spray Paint Art Secrets, Inmyownstyle.com

Reprographics Imaging and Art Supplies, 26 Crystal Lake Plaza Crystal Lake IL 60014, 815-477-1018 www.imageforyou.com

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