1. Read the Instructions
The instructions on the can are valuable. Take the minute to read them. They’ll tell you how far to hold the spray can from the object, how long to shake the can before spraying, the proper temperature at application, how long the paint or coating needs to cure, and more.
2. Sweep, Don’t Point
A spray can isn’t a camera. Don’t point and shoot. To get an even coat of paint, sweep the can horizontally and vertically past the object as you spray. For example, if you’re moving left to right, you begin spraying to the left of the object, onto the object, and then to the right of the object.
3. Use a Large Dropcloth
Don’t waste time taping together newspapers that might fall apart as you paint. Instead, use a large plastic or cloth dropcloth that provides plenty of backdrop for you to move the spray can past the object.
4. Set Up High
Set up the item you plan to paint on sawhorses, a workbench, or other platform. Don’t set up on the floor. For one thing, you’ll be hunched over. For another, it doesn’t provide easy and consistent access for you to move the spray can past the painted object.
5. Use a Handle
You’ll get far better results using an aftermarket spray can handle than you will holding the can in your bare hand. Our preferred handle is the CanGun 1.
We are always striving to become better artists. Keep in mind, we are the real work in progress, Condensing this big subject into a top 10 list was no easy task! In a nutshell, I am sharing ways to improve your art that have taken me a lifetime to compile, learn and execute…and I am still learning and growing.
1. Create an Inspirational Work Environment
This may seem obvious, but we are a product of our environment. Therefore, if your environment is dark, cluttered, dusty, cramped or messy, how can you create and improve your art? You cannot perform and create at your best when you are uncomfortable and ill at-ease.
Clean, organize and unclutter your creative environment at the end of each workday so you are ready to focus on your art. Wash your paintbrushes; organize loose papers, books and other materials. This goes a long way toward improving your creativity, efficiency and art.
Use good lighting. The type of lighting and its intensity, color and direction all affect an artist’s visual performance. What you want is a lamp that gives “natural light” and imitates natural north light.
2. Have a Concept in Mind Before You Begin
All expressions of art begin with a concept. A concept is an idea formed in the mind, which will help the artist express how something will be accomplished. In order to improve your art, it is best to have a concept etched in your mind or in a sketchbook before you begin. An artist without a concept is like a traveler without a roadmap.