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How to Create Street Art

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by Lucinda Rofe (subscribe)
I'm a wannabe writer with a lot of hope and no money.
Published December 1st 2016
Find your way in the world of Street Art
While many debate whether street art is considered to be an actual art form or just a kind of vandalism, it is always fascinating to look at.

equality mini graff
Mini Graff's Equality poster


There are many ways to create street art, so here is a run down:

Stencils
Stencils help spread your art without having to make a whole load of original artworks. It is basically a copy machine. The artist will draw their artwork onto cardboard. Then using a scalpel, they cut out the shapes that they've drawn. By drawing block shapes, they're able to cut out those shapes using the scalpel, thereby creating their artwork. Using some masking tape, they can put their stencil on the wall and use some spray paint to print the art on the wall.

stencil
Indeed... Life is loud


Spray Paint
Some artists use spray paint to create their street art. There are many different techniques, depending on what the artist is trying to create. But the essentials are a mask to ensure none of the chemicals are breathed in, a steady hand, and some kind of idea on what artwork they are trying to create.

graffiti
Get crazy and colourful!'


Tags are very popular in graffiti, spreading the artist's name across ranging from a simple to complex designs.

Sanctioned Murals
This type of street art is paid for by the resident of the property or the government in order to liven up the street in the area, and/or to dissuade any unwanted street art/graffiti on their walls. The design of these murals are usually up to the buyer, and the muralist is paid for the work.

wall mural
Just keep swimming


Paste Up
Paste ups are essentially posters that are pasted to walls using wallpaper glue. The street artist will design their art on an original poster, before printing a large amount of copies of the work.

Slap
A slap is a small design that comes in the form of a sticker that is slapped on a wall, sign, door, or whatever the artist chooses, in the public environment. They will sometimes have political messages, or have more of an entertainment purpose.

Location
Street artists pick a place where they can showcase their artwork without being lost in other people's artworks. Respect amongst other street artists is essential. Street artist's who cover other people's work is considered to be a form of disrespect, unless it's a collaboration (meaning an expansion of someone's previous artwork).

kid swinging banksy
Banky's artwork


Famous Street Artists
Banksy is the most famous street artist in the world with his collection of paste ups and spray paint artworks. They usually contain messages of political and/or religious issues, and are considered to be popular locations of tourists.

banksy hidden lover
Ooh, someone's been naughty


Mini Graff is a popular Sydney street artist, with a lot of her artworks popping up around the Eastern Suburbs, around Newtown, Bondi, Maroubra and other surrounding areas. Graff's slaps and paste ups often question societal issues, with bright colours and a sense of irony.
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Your Comment
Love this article. Very informative!! I love street art!! -Lucinda
by lucin (score: 0|8) 718 days ago
Nice article. Can you tell me whereabouts that sea mural is?
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|1664) 715 days ago
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