How to Flare Your Colors in Graffiti

Learn how to flare your colors in graffiti with this Howcast video.


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Take your graffiti to the next level with these instructional videos. Master tagger Paes 164 shows you how to use a fat cap, how to do a graffiti background, how to do sharp lettering, how to create fine lines, how to balance letters in a name, how to clean and fix mistakes, how to flare your colors, how to do 3D graffiti, how to do graffiti symbols, how to do billboard-style, block-style, and cartoon-style graffiti, how to create a wildstyle piece, and much more.



Hey, this is Pays164. We're back at it again and I'm going to show you some techniques on how to flare your colors while doing your graffiti piece. Now, flaring is pretty much a technique of just applying a shadow or shade from color to color inside the mural and it's all about just angling your can. Now, if you're doing a smaller area, giving it a good rocking motion to have a starting point of solid color and a flare of color back down, just by tilting your can down. Any direction you're going to paint in, tilt it towards it. Again, doing a flare is just about smoothing out the color and fading the color into whatever other color you're working on. Another good technique in flaring when dealing with a mural is using smaller tips like outline tips to do your flares. Fat caps are good for the street and flaring tags but in flaring in a color scheme, a fat cap would only lead to a bunch of drips. For the mural I'm working on the lime green [Montana anthra-tip] is perfect. Two fingers thickness allows me just to have full control of creating my flare. Another quick flare technique may be in chrome shadowing or long areas of flaring, tilt the can sideways and actually run it to where your figures almost touching the wall and give a whole angle flare shade. Now again, if you're working in a small area you don't want to create too much paint buildup, to where you've just got drips; but something long, something big, something like a big chrome effect. This would be perfect to be able to work your way through the whole piece and apply that shade and apply that fade.


  • Paes 164

    Paes 164 has been creating graffiti art for 17 years. He is a sought-after artist who is frequently commissioned to do large-scale projects. An award-winning tattoo artist, he has done several public shows, most recently at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and taught mural classes for children in San Antonio, TX. He is based in Colorado Springs, CO but is a staple on the convention circuit and frequently does guest spots around the country. For booking, please email