MAKE YOUR OWN SURF ART MASTERPIECE
Here’s Holly’s guide to upcycling a pre-loved surfboard.
HOLLY’S TIP: Cutting corners doesn’t work (I’ve tried many times).
Usually there is a build up of wax and sand. To make things easier I place the board in the sun to soften it up and I use a de-greaser from the hardware store with a regular wax scraper. Hardened glue from the back pad can get tricky, so stay safe!
Once the board is wiped clean and nice and shiny, I sand back the nice glossy finish (surfboard shapers would cringe at this step). Sanding is vital, as without it the paint would peel off quicker than applying it.
As every artist knows, it’s a crime not to prime. I use a spray can primer to get an even finish, avoiding brush marks and always in a matte finish; usually it takes two coats. Priming helps you use less paint when creating and makes your brush flow smoothly across your canvas.
4: Pour yourself a large coffee!
I sometimes sketch my designs on the board with chalk or lightly with pencil, to visualise the finished product.
I use artist acrylics and brushes to create my pieces along with Posca paint pens. I use bright colours with high pigments.
I do a light coat of clear spray paint in a gloss finish to make the colours pop and protect my work from damage.
My pieces are mainly display art pieces and not ideal to shred on (although they are still surfable, the paint would probably be destroyed).
To paint on a board you still wish to shred on, I usually remove all wax and dirt and use spray paint/ Posca pens to create a design with a light clear coat on top to seal it. Then you’re good to surf a masterpiece of your own creating.