DIY skateboard art using POSCA markers

Author: Dana McGorlick-Appelman  Date Posted:30 March 2022 

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist" - Picasso

In this tutorial, Artist Tessa Maddock shows us how she designed this skateboard using acrylic paint and Posca pens.

Materials used:

Tessa started off her board by using Mont Marte's Acrylic Pouring Paint.

“I absolutely love their range of pouring paint. They have some beautiful colours which give great coverage for a surface like this timber skateboard.”

You could use a sealer or Gesso to stop the paint from absorbing into the timber grain. For this particular board design, tessa enjoys the matt textural finish that comes from not using gesso, so she went straight in without sealing the board first.

Tessa used the Mont Marte Pouring Acrylic in Phthalo turquoise and turquoise to build up the background colour. Once she covered the board in a full layer, she then worked back in with Mont Marte’s Signature Range in Titanium White.

She also used Matisse Acrylic Paint in their flow range, and Jo Sonya's acrylic paint in a few different colours to build up some nice expressive strokes along the surface of the skateboard.

Tessa’s go-to paintbrush for this piece was the Mont Marte Taklon Filbert 16.

To add a bit of interest, Tessa added some nice big white splatters of paint. She then used the Liquitex range of spray paints to add some more splattered colour to the background. If you half-pressed down on the nozzle, you can get some really interesting splatter patterns.

Once the background was complete, Tessa used a white pencil to lightly trace out the Typography design. Once happy with the composition, she then went over this pencil using a white Posca Pen.

You'll need to give it a good shake and press down on the nib a few times to get the paint flowing. Once you're feeling confident with your designs and you've had a few practice runs, you'll be drawing and designing with the pens in no time!

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Happy creating!


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