How to Make My Own Graffiti Poster

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How to Make My Own Graffiti Poster
Cover your entire graffiti poster in colour. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

With bright colours, interesting shapes and one-of-a-kind designs, graffiti is an eye-catching art form visible in almost any urban setting. While graffiti writers often create their work illegally on public or private property, the style doesn't have to be a crime. You can create graffiti on paper at home to depict your name or a message. Make this art on a poster-sized paper to hang on your wall and legally display your work.

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Things you need

  • Poster paper
  • Pencil
  • Coloured pencils, markers or paints

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  1. 1

    Write the word you want to write in graffiti on a blank poster-sized paper. This might be your name, the name of a place or another word, like "family." Space the letters across the page to leave room for embellishments.

  2. 2

    Add flair to the word by embellishing each letter. Trace around the outsides with bubble lettering to make it appear the word was blown up like a balloon. Or make the appearance of three-dimensional letters by adding a border along one side of each character. Graffiti is a personal expression, so design your word to give the feel and tone you want to share.

  3. 3

    Outline the letters with a design. Create a cloud bursting around the entire word or draw some stars flying out from behind the letters. Again, think about the message or style you're celebrating and bring it out with the backdrop of the letters.

  4. 4

    Add colour to the poster. Use whatever medium you're comfortable with, such as coloured pencils, markers or paint. An airbrush will approximate the look of graffiti spray painted onto a wall. Fully colour all of the letters and embellishments. Outline the letters with a bold colour so that they really pop.

  5. 5

    Allow the art to dry, and hang your graffiti poster on the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a one-of-a-kind graffiti design by creating unique embellishments on each letter. For example, don't just dot the "i," but draw a face, star or lightening bolt on top of the letter.
  • Check out other graffiti art to find inspiration for your own poster. Drive around your city or town to see what other graffiti artists have created, or browse the Internet. Look at the different styles of lettering and colours in the art.
  • Never put your graffiti design on a wall, bench or any other property without permission. It's against the law, and you could be fined or arrested.

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