The image idea i came up with is of a character found in a videogame i enjoy . my main plan was to have a 'MINI'-IMAGE sprayed onto the griptape leaving more of the 'CLEAR' to be seen (or seen through to be more accurite) ... this also allowed me to place a sticker of 'Homer' on the board to be viewed through unpainted sections of clear griptape , but the boards fancy top-ply (a sort of carbonfiber-strip enfused see-through plastic layer), i chose clear griptape rather than to cover it.
#1 First i made a few photocopys of the image i was gonna want to paint on the griptape. (in my case the image was enlarged 100% to make it twice as large) ...Then i cut-out sections in each photocopy for spraypaint to be sprayed-through. for myself , a yellow-handle-OLFA-knife is the way to go.
#2 Now that i am ready to really start i begin with my stencil that allows for the entire image area to recive a white layer , this ensures colors show in a/thier truer-shade as had been hoped for. i spray lightly a little bit of contact spray-glue onto one side of the stencil so that it stays down while the spraypainting happens and to help keep the boarders/edges crisper.
#3 Here it is after the white spraypaint been shot at it and then i peel-back the slightly-stuck-on photo copy (aswell as the other paper/tape that was acting as cover for any overspray which could have landed further down the lentgh of griptape (my canvas).it's not as easy to see as if it were on a normal black griptape .
#4 Then AFTER it dries (which only takes a few minutes with good spraypaint because the layer i shoot-on is not to thick that it could 'run' but as you can see enough shot-on so that the color underneath is no longer visable . when the next color is atempted to quickly after the preceding one ... problems like your second stencil will pull-off some of your first color often occure. so don't start your next color till the last ones dried . (the faster you rush things the cr@pier the end results might end up, so take your time... the same applies for when your cutting out photocopy's to be used as stencils , if they have been prepaired quickly and are sloppy,your end result will be aswell)
#5 Depending on your image and stencils needed/used you might need to put-on certain colors before one-another , in this/my case i really only needed white first(underneath as base) and could have chosen any color next.
#6 Here it is after a few minutes drying the blue/third color and ready to be preped once again for a fourth color to join the picture ... lookin' good so-far, in this case/with this image ,(as with most) it's very important to line-up each stencil with the 'image-so-far' so that it doesn't get more and more crooked . you'll notice towards the end that even though i am mindfull to do this it still ends-up a little crooked ... then you'll see how i dealth-with/fixed that problem .
#7 Looks like i went with the skin-color next and cut-out the 'Teeth' from another stencil , so what this picture show's is while it's drying...after i've peeled back the slightly stuck-down stencil and lifted up/off the slightly stuck-down 'teeth', and that way i got no skin-color on where teeth are to be . (i didn't need to do it this way but it skips a 'teeth-stencil' and in other words skip a step.
#8 Last color left to be spray'd is orange .
#9 Then i let it really dry (like an hour or two) for the final step... of painting the image. grab a good 'sharpy' and start hitting all egde's and boarders-of-colors (as needed) keeping in mind tips like starting with the thin lines and making them thicker on later passes instead of making them to thick to quick .(it's good to be cautious because i mistake now can't really be fixed and could ruin the whole project)
#10 'VOL'LA', see how my little friend 'Sharpy' makes me look good. check-out where there's a fold in the middle of the 'refrance-photocopy' , it's from it being used to help locate the nose spot (etc') ...one side at a time when i would fold it and place directly on-top of the image .
#11 Here the cat came to supervise the placeing of the sticker that will be visable through the clear griptape . (this spot could get a custom-spraypainted picture aswell but i went with a sticker)
#12 Here it's at the point when it's time to peel the backing off of the griptape and stick it down !!
#13 DO NOT peel all backing at once but instead a small section ,(also keep the amounts of finger-prints/dirty fingers touching&wrecking the nice sticky bottom) start thinkin' about getting/sticking it on straight and centered if needed and that will happen easiest on a good stable work-surface.
#14 Then i slowly push it down with my thumbs and slowly peel back more&more and press with my thumbs more&more to avoid air-bubbles .(as you can guess mine didn't need to be so carefully centered in as many directions,basically just centered by the images knuckles & elbow , and as you'll noticed i was trying to be mindfull of where the big skateboard hardwear makes wholes through the picture as you'll see soon)
#15 Then when it's nice and stuck-down i trim-off the majority of the extra with my OLFA-knife ,love that knife, and file-off another bit all the way around to prevent heavy griptape damage when it lands up-side-down on like cement steps.
#16 Here's those great wholes ,check-out the sticker through the clear griptape , it's a whole differnt custom-touch that you can only have with clear griptape . something i have had before but it was years before i started painting any images on decks as i have been for like 9/10 years now.
#17 One more to 'show-off' my fancy new board which this minute already has a fair amount of wear&tear and not as bran-spankin'-new lookin' anymore.
IT'S DESTINY lol