How to Get a Paint Splatter From Spray Paint

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Splatter paint effects are easily created with spray paint.
Splatter paint effects are easily created with spray paint. (Image: NA/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Besides being used to cover a surface with a smooth layer of color, spray paint can also create a variety of artistic effects. The secret is all in the cap and nozzle combination and the distance that the can is held from the surface it is painting. For example, although aerosol paint is made to provide even coverage of a surface, it can be handled in such a way that it creates a paint splatter effect that is often used by graffiti artists.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray paint
  • Fat cap

Fit the can with a fat cap that promotes splatter effects. All fat caps can be used to create a paint splatter effect, but some do it more naturally.

Hold the can 4 inches from the surface being painted, nozzle facing forward, and hold the can's trigger halfway down. The paint stream will be concentrated onto the surface and will create a thick application of paint that drips as well as splatters.

Hold the cap a quarter of the way down to create tiny splatters. These can be layered in different colors to add texture and interest to the surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • The excess paint which surrounds the main stream of paint on a surface is referred to as "overspray."
  • Use a full can of spray paint. The excess paint helps to create the flecks of paint surrounding the main stream.

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