This summer my friend Nina and I had this great spraydate together outside her house. It was so much fun that that we stayed for hours and only finished when the sun set and we couldn’t see our papers to spray any more. All the spray paint cans are Nina’s. She has a stash to admire, don’t you agree?! I felt very lucky to be invited to play.
Nina also had a whole beautiful pile of fun stencils to play with. She cuts her own, but one of my favorites where these simple dots. These dots are a recycled game board put to good use! Spraying dots over patterned papers makes it personal and so much more fun to use later in my work!
Nina brought her ongoing Moleskine sketchbook to the table and gave it a little revamp with some blue acrylic paint & a spray of yellow through a flowery stencil of hers. The colors reminds me of the Swedish flag actually. It turned out awesome, don’t you agree?
Inside my altered book! I’m so glad I had brought my Art Journal out and with me so I could do a few spreads with the great stencils already cut! Some of the spray paint smells like bubbly chewing gum and every time I open the book I remember this day. This was not the last time I did this. Next summer I will buy a few colors of my own, and start spraying! The more I think about spray paint the more possibilities I see. I especially like spraying patterns on printed scrapbook papers, messing them up (or as I prefer to call it “personalizing them”…).
Spray painting is not as easy as one would think… The cans drip, clog and behave in unappropriated ways when you just want to keep painting! And when you least expect it you make a mess. Lucky for me I don’t mind a bit of mess on my papers, they are not fine art – just experiments. And when you think about it you know most creations is about experimenting. Does take the pressure of when painting, doesn’t it? :-)
Oh by the way, Nina has a great blog at ninajohansson.se – visit it now, because drawing is good for ya! Don’t forget to take a look at her gallery with filled and yummy Sketchbooks there. Nina does beautiful and inspiring drawings!