Street Art 101

How to Make Your Own Street Art Supplies

Ready to start a career as a world-renowned street artist, but not sure where to begin? Here are a couple techniques you can use to start developing your unique style. Remember, posting images up on private or public property without permission is illegal, so tread lightly!

Wheat Paste

Using Glue

Wheat paste is the perfect technique to get you going. All you need is an image you like, and this handy tutorial.

Materials:
Method:

In a bucket mix glues and water to achieve a thick gelatinous consistency. Stir for about 1 to 2 minutes, until ingredients are fully mixed. Make sure to keep a little water on hand while you’re out in case the paste starts to thicken. Brush the paste on the surface where you intend to throw up your poster. Place poster on the surface and brush over with paste.

From Scratch

If you’re interested in making your own wheat paste from scratch, here’s a recipe you can use.

Materials:
Method:

Put 1 cup of water in a pot and place on the stove to boil. Place flour into a bowl and add 10 teaspoons of water until it’s a runny mix. Once the water is boiling, add your flour and water mixture and stir. Let it boil for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Take mixture off the heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool. It will stay good for about a week.

Tips:

* For a superstrong glue, add wallpaper paste to wood glue or Super Glue.

* While pasting, put a layer of paste down on the surface, then your image and then another layer. Press firmly.

Stencils

Alternatively, go grab an image and take your first steps towards stencil-hood.

Materials:
Method:

Paste your image onto your poster board with the spray adhesive. Hold the X-ACTO knife like a pencil, and start cutting your stencil. As you make your cuts, remember that your cuts can’t leave any completely enclosed spaces or “islands.” Once you have all your details cut out, you’re ready to use your stencil. Make sure the stencil is flat against the surface on which you’re applying the image; this will keep your lines nice and crisp. Then just spray the matte spray paint over the stencil evenly.

As with any artistic process, the more time you put into learning these techniques, the more refined your style will become. Pretty soon everyone will be calling you the Stencil King or Queen!