By Girl Scout Ellie Wroble from Girl Scout Senior Troop 448 of Denver
Being a Girl Scout isn’t just selling cookies and singing around the campfire. Being a Girl Scout means you get to change things into something more beautiful.
It took three tries for our Girl Scout troop to finally be able to help graffiti the Girl Scout of Colorado headquarters. After weekends cancelled because of horrible weather, we managed to get an absolutely spectacular day. We were assigned the piece of wall that goes down the stairs to the basement.
When we first arrived at Girl Scouts all we saw was a plain wall with blue outlines. Graffiti and tattoo artist Chris “PhEud” Bernal was the lead artist, working with Johnny Santos of the Gang Rescue and Support Project. Chris explained how to control the paint and the process that we were about to go though. We were allowed to choose our colors to take the flowers and butterfly outlines into vibrant beautiful colorful paintings. In a matter of less than four hours, the wall was transformed with countless colors and shapes using only cans of spray paint.
When you first think of spray paint, you don’t think of much except a can with paint in it that you can spray. Spray paint turns out to be way more complicated and interesting then we all first thought. It turns out that spray paint isn’t all the same. There is spray paint from America, Europe and more. We used spray paint on the wall mostly from Europe in order to get more vibrant, stunning colors. The European spray cans are much easier to spray and have colors that drip less. By directing the cans in certain directions and holding the cans different lengths away from the wall, we were able to change the painting style. It was incredible to see the transformation using only spray paint.
Painting doesn’t have to be with a brush on a canvas. It can be on a wall with spray paint. But the simple act of adding color to a blank space can transform it forever. Watching the Girl Scout building evolve and transform with color and beauty has been amazing. We as a troop consider ourselves to be very lucky to be able to help with the process to graffiti (legally!) the Girl Scouts of Colorado Denver office.