Camouflage patterns are primarily used by hunters to blend in with their surroundings for hunting purposes. However, nowadays, camouflage painting is available in many design fields. Instead of buying camouflage painted items on the market out there which costs an arm and a leg, many people try to learn how to camouflage using paint.
You may think that making DIY camouflage paint is something hard and complicated to do, but in fact, it is just as easy as a walk in the park. And here are detailed steps for you to follow!
How To Camouflage Using Spray Paint?
The camouflage painting process can be easily done in a day using spray paints. However, to have a perfect camouflage, you need to carefully follow some basic steps.
Step 1: Choosing Painting Colors
Depending on your surroundings, you will need to use colors to camouflage accordingly. You should choose 3-4 colors that match the color scheme where you want to blend in (Brown and green for forest camouflage; Dark brown and pale reds for desert camouflage; light blues, greys, and white for the snowy environment).
Pick a suitable spray paint for the painting surface. Choose a matter color instead of a glossy one if you wanna use camouflage for hunting as it can help you avoid being spotted. However, if you only make camouflage-like patterns for decoration, you can still use a glossy color if you want.
Step 2: Preparing A Painting Surface
Put a painter’s drop cloth underneath the painting area to make sure that you don’t accidentally get paint on the floor or a different surface. If you don’t have a drop cloth, you can use an old bedsheet instead.
Use blue painter’s tape or masking tape to cover any areas you don’t want to be camouflaged. If you paint a large area, use plastic sheeting and secure the edges with masking tape.
Then, use a small scuff pad or sandpaper to smooth the surface so that the paint can adhere to the material better. If you are going to paint on a metal surface, make sure to remove any rust on it. After that, wipe the surface with a dry soft cloth.
Step 3: Panting The Surface
Hold the spray can 12 inches far from your painting surface and press the button on top to paint a thin layer of primer on the entire surface. Let it dry naturally for about one hour.
Use the lightest color you have, to create a cover over the primer. Move the spray paint in short back and forth strokes across your painting surface to get evenly painted color. Give it one hour more to be dry.
Apply the second coat. Remember to change the direction which you apply to the previous paint (from horizontal to vertical or vice versa).
Step 4: Create Camouflage Patterns
Prepare a cardstock or cardboard. Use a pencil to draw some amorphous shapes with different sizes on these cardboards. The size of these shapes will depend on the size of your painting surface. Make sure that you choose a suitable pattern with the hiding environment. (Don’t make a leaf-shaped pattern for desert camouflage).
Carefully use a craft knife to cut around the shapes you made before. You should put a cutting board underneath your stencils to avoid scratching the table. Keep the stencils and throw out the pieces you have cut out.
Paint the camouflage patterns on your working area by holding the stencil against your surface. Use the second lightest color for this time. And don’t forget to rotate your stencils to have a randomized look. In addition, you should try to make a thin layer of paint or else it will not dry as smooth. Then, wait for at least 25 minutes before applying another color.
Continue with the next color using the same technique. Layer camouflage patterns from the lightest to the darkest color.
To have a more natural look, you can pick some small leaves or branches from plants around your home to create more textures.
When all the steps are done, wait for at least one hour before using or moving the item. And once the paint is completely dry, slowly remove all the tape on the object.
How to Camouflage – Tips to Wear Camo Effectively
Well, after finishing your favorite camouflage painted item, now it is time to put it into practice. Do you wonder how to wear it effectively? We think that the following tips will work.
To make sure that your camouflage paint blends perfectly with the surrounding area, you should use your camouflage in certain environments only.
Although your camouflage blends well with the surrounding, it would be better to hide behind a tree or rock. Sometimes, having blind spots is extremely helpful, especially if you are in need of moving, right?
Obviously, sunlight can make your camouflage easy to be caught. However, it works in a different way in the shadows, you can limit the disco-ball effect and easily approach the prey.
When hunting, besides camouflage accessories, it is important to have your exposed skin camo painted as well. Paint them with the same pattern as your clothes to have the best camouflage. You can paint all theme exposed body parts like your face, ears, neck and even your hands in case you don’t have gloves.
Use available foliage and tie into a hat or attach to your clothes to completely melt in the surrounding. If it is a snowy environment, don’t forget to apply some snow on.
You see, with some simple materials and following our straight-to-the-point instructions, you can easily make one for yourself. You can take advantage of the available materials at home or buy them at any store in your area.
Making a DIY camouflage paint is not too difficult but it may require you a bit of perseverance and carefulness. Anyway, we hope that this guide on how to camouflage can be of some help to you in terms of making camouflage paint.