Skateboard Deck Art - A Tutorial in 3 Techniques

Awhile back, the small gallery where I occasionally show my work had a show of skateboard art. The gallery director, Kristy, is always coming up with interesting ideas for shows, which I really like, although a lot of artists do not. Some people just do the thing they do, and I think that's cool, but I enjoy stretching myself a bit. I find the themed shows a little like Project Runway for artists, so when this skateboard art show came up, I was all in.

Since I am not a skateboarder myself, I didn't have any access to old decks that could be repurposed, so I ordered a pack of 5 blank decks in "assorted colors" from Amazon, which surprisingly had them at my door in, like, 2 days without any shipping upcharge. Here's what I ordered:

I got one each: natural wood, purple, white, red, and blue. Since drawing is my thing, I knew I would draw on at least two of them, but decided to explore other techniques for the rest.  

Customizing a Skateboard Deck With Sharpies

Skateboard done in black Sharpie - click the image to get the free tutorial

Skateboard done in black Sharpie - click the image to get the free tutorial

The first deck I did was, by far, the most elaborate. I'm not really a skulls and bleeding eyeballs kind of girl, so I merely did what appealed to me, which in this case was an organic form and chain set in a diagonal grid.

Purple Sharpie custom skateboard deck - click the image to get the free tutorial

Purple Sharpie custom skateboard deck - click the image to get the free tutorial

I also drew on the natural deck, this time with a giraffe inspired texture and organic form.

Customizing a Skateboard Deck With a Tape Stencil

So those were good to go. Then, I decided to do one as a tape stencil. Again, looking for something that would be outside the norm of skateboard art, I decided to do a skewed damask pattern for my stenciled piece.

Purple on purple damask pattern skateboard deck - click the image to get the free tutorial

Purple on purple damask pattern skateboard deck - click the image to get the free tutorial

It's kind of interesting because I almost never work in purple, but here I did two pieces in purple. Anyway, I used the purple stained deck, which is glossy, and used a matte purple paint on the spray painted background, which also gave a nice variation in the texture of the finishes.

Customizing a Skateboard Deck with a Liquid Resist

The last technique I explored was a liquid resist technique, which is sort of a Jackson Pollock meets Banksy thing with spray paint over a dripped or splattered surface, which was really fun to do.

Liquid resist custom skateboard deck - did I mention that there was a free tutorial for all this?

Liquid resist custom skateboard deck - did I mention that there was a free tutorial for all this?

These were a lot of fun, so I wrote - surprise - a tutorial for how I did each of these three techniques which you can use to customize your own skateboard decks. And did I mention that it's free?

Click here to get the free tutorial.  

And again, here is the link to those awesome skateboard decks.