How to Paint Urban Camo

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How to Paint Urban Camo
An example of urban camo in four colours. (camouflage image by Catabu from

"Urban camo" is a term used to describe two different camouflage styles. In a military uniform "urban camo" is a uniform made up of shades of grey. In popular culture, however, urban camo has come to mean a camouflage pattern done in bright colours like pink, orange or blue. Whichever interpretation you favour, you can use the same simple process to create any kind of camouflage, whether it is "urban" or traditional.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Assemble a variety of paints in at least three colours. These colours should range from light to dark; for example, white, medium grey, dark grey and black.

  2. 2

    Use the lightest colour to paint the background.

  3. 3

    Once the background has dried, draw a camouflage pattern with the pencil. A camouflage pattern is random, but tends to be comprised of rounded forms somewhat like puzzle pieces.

  4. 4

    Paint in your drawn camouflage pattern one colour at a time. For example, start with the medium grey colour and paint all of the shapes that you want to be medium grey, then go on to the dark grey and black. Avoid painting all of the camouflage shapes in a certain area the same colour, or you will end up with a large blotch of a single shade instead of a proper camouflage pattern.

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