How to Do Your Own Street Painting – Michael W. Kirby

If you’ve seen street art, you understand the effect that it can have on people. It can sometimes be very captivating or moving. Some street painting is political while other street painting may be done purely for fun. It’s a medium where the message is conveyed on sidewalks and asphalt, a painted picture on the pavement that conveys more than can sometimes really be expressed. It’s a unique way to share paintings outside of museums and art shows. Street painting takes the creations right to the public.

Street painting is an Italian tradition that has been around since the 16th century, and has recently been enjoying a rebirth throughout Europe and the United States. Festivals celebrating the art have taken place from Italy all the way to California. Using the pavement as their canvas and chalk as their tool, street painters transform streets and sidewalks into beautiful works of art.

Have you ever wanted to try street art? Here are some tips to getting started on your own street artist journey:

  1. Select what you’d like to re-create - Most street painters re-create either a classic painting or a photograph. It is also possible to choose a more modern piece or even your own artwork to re-create with chalk. Just get a strong idea of what you’d like to convey with the re-creation.
  2. Use photocopies of the piece as your guide - After you make photocopies, draw a grid over them using a ruler and a thin marker. Usually, half-inch squares are used for the grids. Label graphed columns horizontally with letters and vertically with numbers.
  3. Prepare your work area - Remove any dirt, leaves or debris from your work area and measure out the area where you wish to paint your piece. Use a carpenter’s chalk line to define the borders and then apply masking tape to those well-defined borders.  Use the tape and the chalk line to mark out the grids that you’ll use to street paint with.
  4. Paint your awesome piece - Using the grids and guides you set up, use your inspiration and talent to re-create the great piece that you want to share with the world! There isn’t much to this tip as almost all of the creation is up to you. So, get out there and create!

If you want some professionaly done street art, contact Michael W. Kirby. Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world.

Michael Kirby has worked for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Honda, McDonalds, Carnival Cruise Ships and been featured on the David Letterman Show, Ace of Cakes, BBC, Good Morning America, Il Tempo, Venezia Gazatte, Informador, and others. Michael Kirby is considered a leader in this rising art form and an originator of the 3D look.


The majority of his permanent public art pieces are in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States which includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. He has also developed original techniques using fiber cement in his work so that his 2D visual public art pieces can be shipped and installed in locations around the world.

To commission a street painting, or for more information about the work of Michael Kirby, please visit our website, or email

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Source: How to Do Street Painting, eHow

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