Using slightly diluted acrylic artist's paint…

  • Paint an area on your board–it can't be too thick.
  • Quickly – while the paint is very wet – splatter it with rubbing alcohol.

The alcohol repels the watery paint and leaves a cool affect behind. You can use a blow dryer (no heat) to push some of the alcohol around and manipulate the design.

And remember: SAFETY FIRST, ALWAYS USE EYE PROTECTION when using spray paint!


  1. Be sure the board is clean, otherwise the paint won't stick.
  2. The paint needs to be fairly wet. Paint that is straight out of the tube or container will be thick and have little reaction with the alcohol. So wet you brush and mix it with the paint first. You might want to practice with the amount of water to use. The wetter it is, the more dramatic the affect with the alcohol, but really watery paint may not be the look you are going for.
  3. You can also work the alcohol (with the brush) into the paint to change the affect or make it more dramatic, which is what we did in this video. Just dip the brush in the alcohol and dab it on the paint to change the look.
  4. If you don't want the whole board painted, you can fade the paint into the clear of the board. First, clean the paint off the brush, then use the alcohol to fade the wet paint that is on the board. Clean excess paint off the brush as need be and continue to work the fade. It turns out really cool when you do this.
  5. If you make a mistake or something doesn't look right, just wet a rag with alcohol and wipe off the paint.

Materials Used to create this design:

  • Acrylic Artist's Paint
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paintbrushes
  • Painter's tape
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic spray paint
  • Acrylic gloss clear coat