Making FAKE GRAFFITI in Miniature for my Abandoned Coffee Shop Dollhouse

Making FAKE GRAFFITI in Miniature for my Abandoned Coffee Shop Dollhouse


[Music] everybody welcome back to Bentley House I’m IRA and today we’re back working in the abandoned coffee shop now we’ve done a lot of work on the inside that’s been the bulk of my tutorials for the past months but today we are going to be focusing on the outside I’ve known for a long time that I’ve wanted to put graffiti on these brick walls but I didn’t quite know how to do it so in this video I’m going to be exploring some ideas trying out some techniques and crossing my fingers that I do not ruin this brick wall because I do really like it how it is now like all the textures I like the holes in the wall and I really just like it how it is but with the abandoned look I just want to add to that so the first thing I did is I looked up a few videos on graffiti and I know that there’s probably some controversy around graffiti that some people see it as vandalism some people see it as art I definitely think it can be both if you are doing graffiti in the right places it can definitely be an art and a lot of the videos that I was watching they were outlining ways that you can just try out graffiti on your own and so I was following those I learned how to do a tag which is basically your name written in like one spray of spray paint very simple and then there were some more complicated types and it was just really fascinating to learn the techniques I also learned that there are different spray nibs and so usually like I used to think like how can you make art with a can of spray paint I don’t understand how it can be so exact and make such straight lines or like refined lines but in watching the videos I learn there’s different nibs that you can you can take off the factory nib off of the spray paint and put on new one so for this reason I decided not to use an airbrush because a lot of people suggested a miniature airbrush which is a great idea because it would give kind of the fuzzy paint effect but I really didn’t think that I could put different nibs on a miniature airbrush and so I I decided to just try and paint these techniques by hand and I also tried out some different designs like I have the skull guy and he ends up looking like he has a hat on because I didn’t like that his skull was so skinny I tried like a little spray bottle just trying some different techniques to figure out what I want on the wall and then I made a pattern of the wall so I could kind of plan out because I really only have one shot at this unless I want to repaint the entire wall so I was trying to plan out what I wanted to put on there now a lot of these little sayings I know like the one in the corner it says don’t drink looks like a prohibition message but it’s not it has to do with the story of the abandoned coffee shop which I am currently writing so stay tuned for that I didn’t actually end up going with my design that I put on the paper I decided in the spirit of graffiti to be a little bit more free with it and because there was at brick missing in the wall I decided to use it as the eye hole for the skull I thought that was really cool and if I was actually going to graffiti a wall and I saw the hole I would definitely use it as the eye socket for the skull so that’s what I decided I also wanted to as I was researching walls that were graffiti I wanted to make some parts that look like it had been blocked out so that’s what I’m doing with the black blob there I’m using a really cheap kids watercolor brush it’s that kind of brush that has all plastic nibs and it’s very it’s not great to paint with but to make it look like there was overspray from the spray can what I’m doing is I’m dabbing the edges around wherever I put the color and now I’m using a really refined brush to make some spray paint drips that’s another characteristic of graffiti that I found really interesting is of course if you hold the paint can in one spot too long the paint will pool and because of gravity it will pull it down towards the bottom of whatever your canvas happens to be so both of these brushes I’m going to be using throughout the entire process the really cheap kids watercolor brush and this more fine tipped brush to make the drips and I really like how this turned out I think it does look as though someone just sprayed a lot of black paint to try and cover something up on the wall now another technique I learned about while researching and watching some videos on graffiti is the roller technique and this is where they actually use a paint roller to roll big block letters onto a wall and so to kind of emulate that I got a wide brush so this would probably be a six inch roller in like real life and it’s going to be very blocked out letters when I drew it on the wall I drew very rounded letters and I realized I have to think in terms of what the roller would be doing and it’s very difficult to get a rounded letter with a roller and so I had to kind of paint in straight lines also I wanted to make sure that I didn’t go back and fill in the gaps in the bricks because the roller would just roll over the grout lines now to make a straight line of crow feety i got a brush that’s about the width that I would want my spray paint line to be and I’m using bright neon colors and this is because that’s what I see a lot in graffiti especially on a dark brick wall like this you would probably see more bright colors because it’s going to stand out the whole point of graffiti is for your artwork and your tags to be seen and so that’s why I’m using bright neon colors for this little skull I’m just kind of doing the an outline and whenever I am done with that I am going to use the cheap watercolor brush to go all around it to make it look like there is overspray from the pink can and I want to make sure I do get in the grout lines whenever I am thinking about using a spray can because spray paint will get on the brick and it will get in the grout lines so kind of think about the painting method in real life what parts of the wall it would hit what parts of the wall it would fill in and even when I’m doing these drip lines I’m making sure anywhere it’s dripped it kind of also gets into the grout line and spreads out horizontally because paint will def it’s kind of like a liquid so it would spread out along the horizontal grout line so kind of think of your physics and your gravity and also I’ve just found that in miniatures if you want to make something look realistic you need to think about and understand the way it’s made in real life before you can translate it into miniatures so keep that in mind so this is how my little skull guy turned out I do the words for the next phrase in the same exact manner I just use a different color so I use this bright pink and yeah I really like how it turned out and so it says don’t drink don’t breathe and that will make more sense again like I said once you understand the story of the coffee shop so now I feel like the paint is just a little bit too bright of course this is not going to be brand new graffiti it’s gonna be newer than the coffee shop but I want to push back the brightness so I’m using some chalk pastel and I’m using a brownish reddish color that kind of matches the brick doesn’t match exactly but it’s going to take down the brightness of the paint and this is because I want it to look like part of the wall not just paint sitting on top of the wall so this was kind of a long drawn-out process and I also used a little bit of black here and there but you can definitely see the difference between the word drink and the word don’t it kind of helps it blend in more with the project and I did that on top of each and every piece so on the other side of the coffee shop I was a little bit more free with it I didn’t pre plan I just kind of did whatever I felt like and I wanted to do kind of a more Banksy vibe with this tree and he does a lot of black shadows with flat color and so I just kind of looked up some of his artwork I didn’t copy any of his artwork exactly I feel like this is kind of a rural town and so someone may be trying to copy him but doesn’t quite have the technique or quite have the skills or materials so it’s looking a little messy but I wanted to try it out anyway and also with the heart I did kind of a DAB spray paint type technique on top of the pink because it was such a large area they’d have to go over it and over it with the spray can so i dabbed a lot of pink on there with that cheap brush so here is the tree after I’ve done some drips I’ve done some overspray with the cheap brush and then I also wanted to add a Bentley house Minnie’s tag on the bottom and I wanted to have at the top of the B and at the end of the M some kind of really harsh spray areas where I could make it drip and then of course just like before I aged it with the chalk pesto and because I used chalk pastel I decided to spray the entire thing with a matte finish and this just kind of keeps the pastel from coming off on your hands while handling the project so that’s it let me know what you guys think did I overdo it or do you think it’s just right are you interested in the story do you think you’ve figured it out leave me comment in the comments section below also if you’re interested in the brick tutorial I will leave a link to that below as well because you might be like hey I want to try this out but I need a brick wall so I have that tutorial for you guys I hope you enjoyed this and it was really fun I had a lot of fun researching graffiti so if you do try this out I highly suggest doing some of that research on your own because it does really help you understand the process and the techniques that those artists use I hope you guys have an amazing week thanks for joining me and I’ll see you in the next video bye [Music]

38 thoughts on “Making FAKE GRAFFITI in Miniature for my Abandoned Coffee Shop Dollhouse

  1. Fabulous, I can't wait to see it finished and learn the story you are writting for it ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Is it just me though, or are you missing an E in your graffiti?

  2. Ummm … it's brilliant, but do you realise it doesn't say breathe? It says breath (like hold your breath). (Sorry).

  3. Excellent methods for getting that overspray effect, Ara. Loving the whole vibe of this piece…your urban touches are spot on, girl! xoxo

  4. Ara it's nothing what I was expecting! So very cool and I can't wait to hear the story ๐Ÿ“š Love it ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜œ

  5. It looks great! And I can't wait to hear the story. I never really thought about graffiti before, and didn't realize all the techniques involved. Who would have thought about the nibs! Makes a lot of sense though. Thank you for giving me a new perspective and something to think about.

  6. Breathe has an โ€œeโ€ on the end. I am intrigued by your story. I want to do the same for my dollhouse.

  7. Clever and realistic! Unfortunately my circa 1941 project wouldn't have much graffiti…………….but I may be able to sneak in a "Kilroy was here" in an inconspicuous spot………..its just a few years early, but "poetic" license trumps reality, neh?

  8. Love you work. I really like the idea of putting the chalk into the containers. Would never have thought of that. Please tell me that you will read your story to us when you've finished it.

  9. Brilliantly done, your research paid off, esp. with the incorrect spelling – not all graffiti artists are known for their good command of English! I didn't realise there was a story behind the coffee shop either, that is intriguing. The Banksy style tree is also a kind of foreshadowing of the the tree in the coffee shop – was that intended? Thanks so much for sharing as always ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  10. Good thing I'm not a spelling channel! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I will find a creative way to fix the mistake because now I read it as "breath" and it will drive me crazy! Thanks for the heads up!

  11. I'm impressed with your careful research, and how you apply it to make your miniatures look so authentic. It pays off, and is a good lesson for me as I learn about the art of miniatures. The images you chose are intriguing, and I'm excited to hear the story of the coffee shop! I bet you could put the E beneath the H in breathe, it seems like what might happen if the amateur graffiti artist misjudged the space and ran out of room.

  12. I am intrigued and want to know the story behind the coffee shop. Well done on the graffiti, looks kind it would on an abandoned building. You inspire me to be more creative and not try and make everything mini perfect! Canโ€™t wait for your next live stream!๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  13. I actually interned for a guy who unofficially "retired" from doing graffiti art (he still did it, but he kept it on the down low for obvious reasons), but he had his own screenprinting shop where he did a lot of custom shirts and such for people.

    He also was telling me of how he experimented with putting paint in an old fire extinguisher and attempted to spray paint with that. XD

  14. Perrrrrrfect! There is a ton of graffiti that's mispelled. I definitely want to hear the story!!! Wuvs ya & all your work!! โคxo๐Ÿ’œxo๐Ÿ’™xo๐Ÿ’›xo๐Ÿ’–xo๐Ÿ’š

  15. Love it. I think I have figured out the story line…canโ€™t wait to hear it from you to see if Iโ€™m right. ๐Ÿ’€

  16. Yep, that's the icing on the cake! I watch your videos on my TV via Roku and keep forgetting to come back to my PC and leave you a comment…..tsk, tsk, tsk. But I am glad you took a renewal break. I'd hate for you to burn out and stop creating your mini's, or your content. BTW, I just got 2 dollhouses loaded with figures and gobs of stuff at estate sales. Both are vintage, but one is real vintage, with old-style rubber dolls and wood furniture. Needs a pile of TLC, but I paid $15 for one and $25 for the other. Can't beat that. When i look at the oldest one that needs love I can't help but think of you, because man, it is the epitome of a deserted old house – lol. Now all I need is the space to work on it……………OY! The coffee shop looks better every time you add another dimension to it!

  17. Araaaaa!! That is awesome! I have less time now a days. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ. But I try to keep up with your work. I loved it!!!!!

  18. Everything is looking amazing and coming together perfectly. I'm looking forward to hearing the back story. I'm thinking it could be some kind of toxic bomb that went off and as the atmosphere has cleared a graffiti artist has made reference to that, hence the words Dont drink dont breathe. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

  19. I love it! Maybe you could add a broken light switch and a clock that died and is stuck on a time! Just an idea!

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