Hand-lettering Surfboard Art

In this post, I will show you the process of how I design and draw on a 7′ surfboard.

I am so excited to share with you my first hand-lettering surfboard art. Like most artists, I like to draw on any surface that I am allowed. When a friend of mine asked me to create a surfboard art for her, I was ecstatic! I’ve never written on a surfboard before, and frankly, I have no idea how to surf. She wanted me to hand-letter Psalm 139:9-12 on the deck, which is the top side of the board. It’s a pretty lengthy passage, the first idea I had was to write it small enough for most sentences to be in one line, but then when I sketched it out, it seemed pretty blah. So I changed my mind and decided to go big. I used up pretty much the whole surface, and I loved the final result!


I used Posca paint markers. They come in different sizes and many color options. They are opaque, so once the paint dries you can lay another color on top. I only used black and white this time, but next time I am going to be more adventurous and do a more colorful design. They are acrylic paint which means while it’s wet it can be diluted, and that’s what I did to lay the background gradients. After sketching out the first draft in my sketchbook, I made a second draft on brown paper that’s the same size as the board.


Then I copied the design onto the surfboard with a waterbased marker, which will be removed at the end. Then I went to work. I think in total it took me about 10 hours to actually work on the surfboard.


The surfboard was then sprayed with 3-4 coats of clear finishes. All it needs is to head into the waves! If you have a surfboard and want a personalized design to show-off on the beach, let me know!

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