Melbourne city street art style painting on canvas – This was my first experiment with stencil art on canvas. And the first time I have ever used some spraypaint.
I created stencils from two of my photos and cut them out. One of a street sign on a telegraph pole and another of the skyscrapers on the skyline. Also used a cutout stencil of circles which reminded me of brickwork.
On the canvas I painted a layer of acrylic mixed with gel medium, then once dry I wrote in paint pen some words I felt conveyed the atmosphere of the Melbourne laneways I love.
Then I coated it with another layer of acrylic and finally spray-painted the stencils in black. I also sprayed a bit of red and white spraypaint freehand in a couple of spots. Once dry I used a matt spray varnish to protect the canvas
Things to learn from:
Although I like the way this turned out I think it could be better, I don’t like the glossyness of the acrylic in some thicker spots and the red spraypaint was also too glossy and which I ended up painting over some of as it was too distracting.
Next time I will skip the gel medium so the acrylics are not so glossy. I also found the spray varnish really darkened the colours so I will try a waterbased light gloss one next time.