Forms of Street Art

9 Different Forms of Street Art

Form #1 - Traditional

The most traditional form of street art is to directly paint atop a property's surface. It does not matter whether the property is private or public as long as it is viewable by the masses. Spray paint or roll on bucket paint are the typical mediums utilized in street art however, there are no rules. Street art ranges from just a simple painted name to far more elaborate and colorful mural.

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Form #2 - Stencil

Several street artists favor the use of a stencil when painting. The utilization of a stencil is efficient because the image can be painted quickly and reproduced easily. Remember that street art is not quite legal, unless commissioned and some artists need to get in and out quickly while painting which makes stencils convenient. Stencils are usually homemade out of thicker stock paper or cardboard and then transferred to the desired surface by spray paint and/or roll on bucket paint.

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Form #3 - Video Projection

Some street artists choose to utilize a video projector to create larger than life images with correct proportions. A video projector will digitally project a manipulated image onto the desired surface by light through a projection system.

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Form #4 - Sticker

It is popular for street artists to create stickers of their art for propaganda. Stickers can be mass produced and placed anywhere quickly for public viewing. Stickering is also known as slap tagging, sticker tagging, and/or sticker bombing. Stickers are commonly utilized for promoting an artist's political views, agenda or policy but can be used to broadcast any desired message. Sticker art is a typical form of street art but it has also been subcategorized into the classification of postmodern art.

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Form #5 - Street Installments

Street art installments/installations are a trend on the rise in the world of street art today. Installations differ from the everyday conventional street art because they utilized 3-D space and project into the urban environment. Similar to traditional street art, installations are illegal and once the sculpture or object has been installed it is left to the public.

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Form #6 - Mosaic

Mosaic street art includes the utilization of smaller pieces of specifically chosen art to arrange and assemble a single new piece of art, typically on a grand scale.

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Form #7 - Wood Blocking

Wood blocking is a special form of street art which is created separately on a piece of inexpensive wood such as plywood and then later attached to a street sign with screws or bolts. The screws or bolts are typically bent backwards at the ends to prevent any form of removal.

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Form #8 - Flash Mobbing

Flash Mobbing is known as an expressive form of street art where artists gather together in a public place to perform a dance or specific action for small amount of time. These artists tend to gather together by organized social networking, viral emails, and/or telecommunication and never by organized public relations.

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Form #9 - Yarn Bombing

Yarn bombing is known as the most non destructive form of street art. The street art form of yarn bombing employs elaborately colourful exhibits of crocheted or knitted yarn strewn across public displays. Texas knitters are rumored to be the first among the masses to have produced such displays utilizing leftover knitting projects. Yarn bombing has since spread all across the globe and is known for its beautification/creativity instead of vandalism.

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