Street Art: Art Journal Challenge

grafitti challenge spread close up

Another spread for the ongoing challenge over at the Art Journaling ning.  This challenge centered around creating a spread inspired by street art.  I love all things with a sense of age and decay, so really enjoyed this one.

grafitti challenge spread step 1

graffiti challenge spread step 1

I started with gesso, then put down a couple colors of paint spread with an old credit card.  Using Paula Phillips baby wipe technique, I put down a couple stencils and then wiped away some of the paint back to the gesso.  The look was still to crisp, so I muddied the edges of some of the stencil outlines a bit, and pulled some more paint from around the entire spread.

Here’s a closer view of those first steps:

grafitti challenge spread step 1 close-up

graffiti challenge spread step 1 close-up

I then added some magazine transfers, but left them grungy, looking more for texture and a sense of old announcement posters decaying on a wall.  In the photo below, the grey areas are where I have started rubbing off the magazine paper.

grafitti challenge spread step 2 close-up

graffiti challenge spread step 2 close-up

Finally, I used India ink and my fingers to do the graffiti, added some white paint drippage, and stenciled in some numbers at the end.  With this particular spread I was thinking of a close-up section of a wall, rather than a broad view from a distance.

grafitti challenge spread

graffiti challenge spread

So, what art have you been creating this week?

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4 thoughts on “Street Art: Art Journal Challenge

    • Thanks so much, Krista! i was so rough on the paper substrate that even with gesso and paint layers, I tore through in several spots, but luckily that added to the texture and grunginess.

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