The best advice we can give is simple: don't be afraid to be creative! Be inspired by art, music, creativity in any form really...whatever else gets you excited, keep yourself close to those things. Look at what surrounds you and draw from it…sunsets to seashells, architecture to murals, authors to poetry from your friends, and even everyday items. Your options are endless.

Regardless of your skill as an artist, this is your creation, an expression of who you are….it doesn't matter who likes it, it is yours and that's all that matters.


  • Plan ahead! (very important)
  • Use a template to draw out your ideas. Perfect your design first! We've got a surfboard template here or a skateboard template here that you can print out.
  • Important note: When using any of the featured paint techniques, be sure to consider whether or not it should be applied to the bottom of your board. Some techniques will have a texture that can create drag, potentially causing your board to ride slower than it is designed to.
  • Gather ALL of your materials first.
  • Be sure to clean the board completely.
  • Use a wax remover, if necessary, then use soap and warm water to clean all remaining residue away.
  • Lightly sand the surface with fine grit sandpaper (only necessary if the board has been previously waxed or painted).
  • Remove any dust with a damp rag.
  • When using any paints and chemicals, safety is a priorty. Be sure you are in a well ventilated area and always use a proper mask. Anyone underage should have an adult present to supervise.
  • Use acrylic paints. Oil-based paints will NOT stick. Acrylic paints work best
  • Build your design from the bottom–up. Think of your design in layers, put the bottom layer on the board first and build up from there.
  • For linear and geometric designs use painters tape only.
  • For fades and blended effects, be sure the colors mix well together. i.e. blue and yellow mix well, orange and green do not.
  • Use acrylic paint pens to do detailed designs and writing.
  • Regarding stencils: They can be purchased or you can create your own, the options are endless. Be sure all of the edges are down so the paint doesn't leak under the stencil. If it does, you can use water, rubbing alcohol, or a mild solvent to gently remove the overspray or messed up line.
  • Look online for faux finish techniques. Most can be done with acrylic paints. There are some amazing finishes that can be done easily and with minimal skill.
  • When your design is finished, be sure to spray it with an ACRYLIC GLOSS CLEAR COAT TO PROTECT YOUR ART.
  • Send us a link to your process video on YouTube at our Contact page, we may post it!
  • Check out our Technique Videos below for more ideas.