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Stencils & Murals


Left image- a stencil of an eye with the resulting image above. Right image- someone holds a stencil of a bee as they paint it pink with a roller

How do I make a stencil?

Paris68redux have created a and comprehensive guide on stencil and print making Or for a simple step by step guide to make a large stencils click here.

Are there environmentally friendly sprays and paints?

  • We recommend emulsion paint for doing stencils on paper

  • We also recommend chalk spray such as Montana but it’s less ecologically sound. Prices vary but check out GraffCity and MontanaCans.

  • There are a variety of other environmentally friendly graffiti options available to Rebels including: Water based spray paint; Reverse graffiti

Is it okay to chalk spray, paint or flypost local businesses?

Rebels are asked to be mindful about where they paint the streets.

Please do not damage private property or small and independent businesses as this can be seen as vandalism and might impact relationships within the community. Try and use materials which cause minimal damage to the environment.

Some actions potentially seen as “vandalism” may have a high risk of arrest if private sector buildings are targeted. It is unclear what police reaction will be to some of these actions, so read the legal advice and take precautions.

What about spraying over existing artwork?

As a golden rule don’t not tag over other posters and spray tags as this could cause conflict. Organised fly-posters and graffiti groups can be territorial and could get violent.

How do I create reverse graffiti?

A weathered pavement with a white logo on which shows a pair of lungs. Underneath is the text 'Our Air Our City'

Reverse graffiti (or ‘clean graffiti’) involves removing dirt or dust from a dirty surface to create an image or text. XR Bristol have created a ‘How to’ video.



Large scale murals are a big undertaking, but there are some beautiful examples that have been created over the years. If you're thinking of creating a mural you can find lots of tips and guidance in the XR Guide to Murals