Longboard – Graphics!

Now that I had the base stain done, I was ready for some graphic design! I haven’t done much painting – even less spray painting. Usually, I’m either meticulous about my research or a spray and pray type (literally!). This time I had the practice board to let me have a little bit of leeway with research and more hands on learning. Which has proven to be ridiculously fun, because I haven’t had any of my usual reservations about putting paint to wood.

I thought and thought and thought about how I would want to do the graphics on the board. My girlfriend loves to travel, and so I thought it fitting to choose a map design to put on the back of the board.

Design chosen, all I had to figure out was how to apply it. Through my research I had seen so many different ways to do this, but I have this stupid tendency to make things more difficult than they need to be – so I chose to try out an image transfer. I wish I had pictures of this stage, because it was a complete failure. Maybe that’s why I didn’t take pictures, but I tried using modge podge to image transfer a fairly complex picture onto the board and it was awful. So messy, and completely ineffective. I likely did it wrong – but regardless I didn’t want to try it again.
SAND SAND SAND SAND – and back to the drawing board.

So, I chose a simpler picture. Grayscaled and printed it, covered the entire board in blue painters tape, and glued it on.




You get to see a great shot of my mismatched monkey socks in this one.

Hours and hours of cutting out with a razor blade, (My neck may permanently be kinked in a downward direction) and I had a a stencil of the world! I realized that I had a large empty space below the US of A and so freehanded a compass onto the board and loved the way it looked

Then I spray painted. I was gentle. (It was my first time, after all.) So I did light, light, light coats, then pulled of the tape directly after to keep it from sticking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Gotta say, I’m pretty ecstatic about the results thus far. All that’s left is several layers of clear coat and I will be ready for the hardware. I wasn’t planning to put any grip or trucks on the practice board, but I can’t help it. Must try it out. After all, how will I know how to fix the real board if I don’t see what doesn’t work now? ( I mean that’s what I keep telling myself, but really, I’ve just been getting excited by all the videos I’m watching of people boarding!)


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  3. I was searching for some design ideas for longboards. Therefor i looked up google and saw this beatiful board wich was linked to this page. your page, your board, your handmade board(!!)… i cant believe what you can make with your hands.. im kinda overwhelmed. Im going to read all of your stuff. excited 😀

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