Getting Creative with Little Miss Ling: Street Art Workshop and Tour, Berlin, Germany

To break up, what can sometimes be, the monotony of sightseeing, I booked us in for the Street Art Workshop and Tour in Berlin.

It was interesting to gain a bit of insight into street art, but my favourite part was definitely the workshop component.

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Tada! My very own piece of street art!

The best thing is that you can totally replicate this at home!

  1. Find a silhouetted image and print it out.
  2. Carefully cut out the black parts of the printout with a utility knife to create a stencil, making sure to leave a thin black bridge between any white sections that would become completely disconnected from the whole if you were to cut out all the black.
  3. Spray paint the canvas with a base colour using long even strokes.
  4. Spray paint the canvas with a second colour for a gradient effect, holding the spray can almost parallel to the canvas.
  5. To add interest, use a stencil to create a patterned background. An old cooling rack, exhaust fan grill or wicker chair would make excellent stencils. Lay the stencil over the canvas and spray paint with a third colour with long even strokes.
  6. Let the canvas completely dry before proceeding or the paper stencil will stick to the canvas and ruin your work. You can speed up the drying process by using a hair dryer.
  7. Lay the paper stencil that you cut out from the silhouetted image onto the canvas. If the stencil is smaller than the canvas, use newspaper to protect the exposed edges of the canvas.

At this point, you can choose one of two techniques.

Technique #1

  1. Spray paint the stencilled image onto the canvas using long even strokes. A lighter colour works best for this step.
  2. Remove the stencil and spray paint the gaps within the stencilled image with the same colour.
  3. Let the canvas completely dry before proceeding.
  4. Replace the stencil on the canvas in the original position. Using a second colour, spray paint the stencilled image onto the canvas using long even strokes. A darker colour works best for this step.
  5. For extra pizzazz, spray paint a highlight colour where desired, holding the spray can almost parallel to the canvas.
  6. Remove the stencil and let dry completely.

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    My brother (left), my sister (right) and I all used technique #1

Technique #2

  1. Spray paint the stencilled image onto the canvas using long even strokes.
  2. Remove the stencil and let dry completely.
  3. Replace the stencil on the canvas but shift the stencil a few millimetres from the original position. Using a second colour, spray paint the stencilled image onto the canvas using long even strokes, thus creating a drop shadow effect.
  4. Remove the stencil and let dry completely.
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An example using technique #2 (Photo credit: Alternative Berlin)

The Street Art Workshop and Tour was definitely one of the highlights of our whole European trip. Could it be that they’ve just unleashed three new street artists into the world? =p

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