Graffiti Covering: Trees

While out hiking, whether it be for a relaxing stroll, or an approach to a favorite climbing location, we have all seen it: trees covered in graffiti.  Often times these trees are not ordained in elaborate paintings, but rather by random scribblings, which detract from the natural experience.  However, the very medium which was used to create the offending “artwork” can be used to effectively camouflage it to the passerby.  In order to effectively cover the markings you will need a quiver of colors composed primarily of light to medium greys, tans, browns and greens along with multiple cans of white to serve as a base.

The first step is to identify the offending tree.


Second step involves creating the base to work from.  Begin by covering the offending work with white, using light layers.  The benefit of using white is it creates a clean base to begin painting, and it is cheap.  Continue dusting with white until the work you are covering does not bleed through.


Next, begin to lay base colors using light coats.  This particular tree started with a stone grey and green camo.  This will help give depth.  When covering use light coats and extend each subsequent layer further then the last in order to smoothly blend the colors.


Once the base color has been sprayed, begin to match the color of the tree using the same technique, light coats with each subsequent layer extending further than the last.  This began with a dark taupe.


Always take a step back, about 10 feet to evaluate.  In this case, it was beginning to get darker then the tree.  To fix this a slight dusting with white helps to lighten the color.  Then begin spraying with a matte burlap.


After taking a step back, another light coat of white, and a few light coats of matte burlap and it is complete.