Griptape is the tape that goes on the top of your skateboard deck. It’s made from a variety of materials including cloth, paper and plastic. The purpose of griptape is to provide grip for your feet when you’re riding so you don’t slip off. Most people use it as part of their skateboarding equipment, but you can use it as part of other sports or activities as well!
You can use markers to draw on grip tape
You can use markers to draw on grip tape. Sharpies don’t work, but other markers do.
If you want to use a marker, make sure it is a waterproof permanent marker. If you want to erase your design, then go with whiteboard markers instead of the regular ones because they are easier to get off your board if you change your mind about how you want it styled.
You can draw on griptape with acrylic paint. To do it, you need a stencil, a spray bottle, and a small paintbrush.
- Apply a stencil to the griptape.
- Spray paint directly through the stencil and let dry for about 30 minutes.
- Use a small paintbrush to fill in any areas that weren’t covered by your stencil, such as corners or small spaces between letters and shapes on your patterned design.
- Let dry for at least 2 hours before removing the stencil from your skateboard grip tape!
Another way to paint your griptape is by using masking tape and acrylic paint. The best kind of paint to use is acrylic craft paint.
The best way to paint your griptape is with masking tape. This method is cheap and easy, and it has the added benefit of being able to do it in a way that looks professional. You’ll need some masking tape, acrylic craft paint, and a stencil or freehand drawing if you’d like to make one. If you don’t want to use a stencil or freehand drawing then skip ahead!
First off get yourself some high quality masking tape. It’s crucial that your masking tape be good quality because otherwise it won’t stick well enough and will end up peeling off later on (or even worse). I recommend this brand of painter’s tape (Amazon link), but there are other brands out there as well such as Frog Tape (Amazon link). You can also find these in hardware stores like Home Depot for about $4 per roll or so depending on how many feet/meters long each roll is which should last quite awhile depending on how much work needs done before needing another new one–just make sure not purchase too large quantities at first if possible until finding out whether or not this method works well enough for what needs done; otherwise waste money unnecessarily buying huge quantities unnecessarily when smaller amounts would suffice just fine unless needed
You can also draw on your griptape with spray paint.
You can also draw on your griptape with spray paint.
To do this, you need a stencil and spray paint, plus a small paintbrush. Spray-paint your stencil onto the griptape and then let it dry for an hour or so. Once it’s dried, trace over your design with a pencil (or marker) to create the lines for your design.
you can use lots of different things to draw on grip tape
You can use lots of different things to draw on grip tape. You can use paint, Sharpies, pens and crayons, acrylic paint or spray paint. I’ve found that masking tape is the best way to secure your drawing in place while you’re painting over it with your chosen medium.
Trace the outline of your image.
Trace the outline of your image on the back of the paper. If you are going to use more than one color, do each color separately. Make sure you use a pencil and not a pen. You can also use a ruler for straight lines or draw them freehand, but make sure they’re straight!
Once you have traced your image, cut along that line with scissors or an X-Acto knife (if using an X-Acto knife be careful that you don’t cut yourself).
Fill in the background.
You can fill in the background with the same color as your outlines, or you can add more detail by filling in spaces between the lines. If you do this, make sure to use a different color than what you used for your outline so that it doesn’t look like a solid blob of color.
You can also add another layer of colors by coloring over top of your first layer of colors. This is great for adding details like shading, or even just mixing up things a bit!
Finalize your details.
Then it’s time to finalize your design. Use a ruler and sharpie to measure the size of your design, then use a pencil or mechanical pencil to draw a straight line along the edge of your board. This will help guide you as you trace with the sharpie so that everything ends up in the right place. You may also want to use an eraser if you make any mistakes!
make sure you have a new, unused deck that is ready to skate and draw on!
- It is important to ensure that your deck is ready to skate. Make sure it has been cleaned, dried and free of any previous artwork or stickers.
- Your skateboard should be free of dirt, dust and damage.
prepare your workstation, clear a large surface
- Secure a fresh, unused skateboard deck to your work surface and prepare your workspace by laying down some cardboard or newspapers to protect the surface from paint.
- If using more than one color, create separate small dishes of paint and place in a clearly labeled line on the table so that you know where each color starts and ends and doesn’t overlap too easily (i.e., don’t use two blues if they’re next to each other).
make sure all the tools you need are ready and available
Before you start, make sure that you have all the tools required for this project ready and available. Make sure your surface is clean and large enough to work on. Check that your workspace has plenty of space around it so that little pieces don’t get lost or roll under furniture or appliances.
Make sure all of your materials are clean and ready to use. This includes any tools (such as screwdrivers) as well as the griptape itself:
think about the design you want to draw on the griptape
Think about what you want to draw. You can use the whole sheet of griptape, or just a part of it. If you want to draw the whole thing, think about how large the design should be and how much space there is on each side for writing your name or other text. Maybe you want to write something like “you’re my hero”, or maybe just an arrow pointing in a particular direction with your name written next to it (like this). Or maybe you just want a skull or crossbones with your name written above or below it (like this). You might also wish to incorporate some kind of illustration into your design, such as lightning bolts coming out from behind someone’s head who appears menacingly in front of an angry looking face; if so then consider keeping everything clear except for where these elements are meant to appear so that they stand out when people are looking at them up close but not so much that they’re distracting from more important areas when viewed from farther away
prepare your paints, colors and paints. if you are going to use more than one paint color then put them in separate small dishes so that they don’t mix/overlap too easily.
Now that you have your griptape and paints, it’s time to get started. Be sure to clean off your board with a damp cloth before painting.
Now that you’ve got your supplies ready, it’s time to start drawing! You can use as many or as few colors as you want for this process, but I like using two or three different colors for my designs. This gives me some wiggle room if I make a mistake or if one of the colors doesn’t turn out right and need more attention than another part of my design.
prepare your brushes, touch them up, clean them and put them nearby too.
- Place a clean, sharp brush next to your board so it’s ready when you are.
- Clean the brush and make sure it’s not too wet or too dry—you want to avoid drips!
- Get a feel for how big of an area you want to cover at once. You may want to start with small sections so you can see what works and what doesn’t.
get griptape of your choice and put it in a safe place nearby.
Griptape comes in a variety of colors, sizes, thicknesses and materials. When buying griptape, you can decide whether you want it to be thin or thick; soft or hard; smooth or textured. Colored griptape is also an option—you can choose from many different shades of black, white and grey.
If you’re more concerned with how your board looks than performance (or if you just don’t care), then go ahead and buy colored griptape. But if your goal is to skate faster than everyone else—and who isn’t?—then make sure your griptape has the right properties:
get a piece of paper, ideally with grid lines drawn on it so that you can get an idea of what your drawing will look like.
To get started, you will need a piece of paper. Ideally, this should have grid lines drawn on it so that you can get an idea of what your drawing will look like during the process.
If you don’t have access to paper with grids or other drafting tools, another option is to use graphite paper—which comes in many different sizes and thicknesses—and then draw out your design on top of it with a pencil or pen until it’s time for transfer.
After transferring your design onto the griptape and cleaning up any mistakes (if necessary), begin tracing over your pencil lines using colored markers.
You’re ready to start drawing!
You’re ready to start drawing! Grab your favorite drawing materials and get ready for some fun, creativity and self-expression. If you’re new to this kind of thing, it might be best to use a pencil or pen first so that you can practice before attempting something more permanent on your skateboard griptape. Some people even like using Sharpies for their drawings on griptape (not recommended by us) but we prefer fine-point markers because they make lines that are easier to see when riding on our boards.
Whatever method works best for you is fine—just have fun!
draw your artwork on to the tape.
- Draw your artwork on to the tape.
- If you are finished, apply and reapply as necessary. Enjoy your new ultra-custom board!
If you are finished, apply and reapply as necessary. Enjoy your new ultra-custom board!
If you are not satisfied with the results, try the following:
- Re-try on a different piece of griptape (if you have access to more than one).
- Try drawing the same design onto a different board.
- Draw something completely different (perhaps just a simple “Hello” or “World”).
Use sharpies to draw on your griptape
In order to get the best results, you’ll need to use sharpies. Sharpies are the best because they’re permanent and waterproof. A lot of people think that Sharpies aren’t waterproof, but that’s just a myth. The truth is, Sharpies are very waterproof when used correctly! It’s important not to use too much water or else your griptape will dissolve into a sticky mess (like this).
But wait! There’s another side of this coin as well: it turns out that Sharpies aren’t permanent at all! They actually fade away over time and will eventually disappear if left untouched for long enough–so if you want something permanent on your board then maybe try spray paint instead?
That’s it! You’re ready to start drawing on your griptape. We hope this article helped you learn how to draw on griptape. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll try our best to help out!