I’ve no idea how it started, but one day I came across a video on You Tube showing a guy doing spray painting and he did a Mickey Mouse. It was amazing and I decided to try it.
I’ve got twin grandsons and one loves Mickey Mouse and the other loves Donald Duck, to the point that they don’t go anywhere without their little Donald and Mickey teddies. So of course, when their little sister came along, she had to have a Minnie Mouse teddy.
After weeks of trial and error, a small fortune on paper and spray paint I started to get the hang of it. It’s not hard. It’s more a question of technique, a logical approach and a bit of speed if the weather is warm as the paint dries so quickly.
I downloaded some images and made the stencils using a projector and did the tests on A2 card (about 320gsm gloss white).
Once I was happy with the tests, I bought a large rectangular box canvas to do the Mickey, Donald and Minnie for my daughter.
To minimise the paint bleed I did Mickey first, Donald second and Minnie last.
After each character dried, I put the stencil back on the protect it from any over-spray.
Once I’d done all three, I worked my way across the canvas covering it all with white paint, leaving the stencilled images underneath and after it had completely dried I used clear gloss aerosol to finish it off.
I was very happy with the end result. The white looks brighter in reality, I took this picture in the evening so its not under natural light.
Thankfully my daughter and grandsons loved it, my granddaughter, at 6 months old, had yet to develop an appreciation of ‘Art’.
NOTE: If you’re interested, I use KOBRA spray paint. It seems like good quality and like oils etc. cheap isn’t always cheap and with spray painting you need to buy the best paint and paper really, especially if you intend to sell them. Just sayin’…