DIY Surfboard Fin Art: Collaboration with Surfgirl Magazine

Back in summer I was invited to create a DIY project to be featured in SurfGirl Magazine. Naturally I jumped at the chance to work with them, as I've always loved the mag. It was published in their summer edition, but for those who missed it, here it is again!

These DIY fins are great as artwork for your wall, but also look beautiful in your board out in the water, and are a brilliant, low cost way to customise your kit. They make a lovely homemade gift idea for surfers and beach lovers, and are the perfect addition to add a touch of beach d├ęcor to your home.

To upcycle your fins you will need:

  • A set of old fins.
  • Fine sandpaper.
  • Spray paint - I use Plastikote.
  • Posca Paint pens.
  • Pencil.
  • Picture frame for wall art, or clear acrylic spray lacquer to use them in the sea.

Step One: 
Wearing a face mask, lightly sand your fins with a fine grade sandpaper and wipe with a dry microfiber cloth.  This will ensure fins are clean, and will give a slightly rough surface for the paint to stick to. 
 Step Two:

Spray paint your fins with your chosen base colour.  Use a spray paint suitable for plastics, and build up thin coats allowing each layer to dry until you have a good colour base.  Its best to do this in the garden to give good ventilation and avoid ruining your furniture.

Step Three:

Lightly sketch out your design in pencil.  For an easy mandala design, use a compass to draw a series of circles, then cut out flower petal shapes from folded paper, and use as them a stencil to build up a symmetrical mandala design.

Step Four:

Colour your design using paint pens, allowing each section to dry before going in with a new colour.

 Step Five:

You can either mount your finished fins in a frame with superglue, or seal with a few coats of clear acrylic spray lacquer (I use the one for cars from Halfords UK) and put them back on your board.  The lacquer will ensure your design stays put in the surf.

You're done! Woohoo!

If you give this tutoral a go, I'd love to see what you create. Tag me in your photos @beckystarsmore on Instagram so I can see them.

Love Becky xx


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