Graffiti Art

Arts and Crafts

What You Need: 

  • HB pencil
  • Permanent markers of any colour
  • Graffiti letters usually overlap each other to some degree.
  • Graffiti letters are often drawn with a 3D effect.
  • Graffiti art is usually painted with a wide range of bright colours that draw attention, as attracting attention is the main purpose of graffiti.
  • To get started, you need a HB pencil to sketch out the letters.
  • Once you're happy with the letters and text you've drawn, start to colour them in with some permanent markers. Choose bright colours for maximum effect.
  • Firstly, use a fine marker to trace around the letter outlines.
  • Next, to get the 3D or embossed effect, use a different colour to shade the area around the inside of the letters you've just outlined.
  • Once you've completed the shading effect, colour in the remainder of the letters with another brightly coloured marker.
  • Finally add a drop shadow for maximum effect to your graffiti by colouring in a light coloured shadow below the characters.

The word 'graffiti' is the plural word for ‘scratch’ in Italian. The actual practice of graffiti dates back to the Egyptians, but it was not thought of as an art form until the 1970s when the art world saw the work of street teens in the subways of New York City. Create your own Graffiti. There are no real hard and fast rules with respect to graffiti but here are a few pointers for creating graffiti on paper.