The first thing you want to do is pick an image. Naturally, it can come from a number of places. You can choose to design your own image and put it on the board or you can take a design from somewhere else. if you don't already have a source in mind, the internet is a great place to look for almost any image you can think of. For the purposes of this tutorial, I shall being using an image I borrowed from the band Killola (myspace.com/killola Listen to Killola!!)
- 2 pieces of different color griptape (specifically I use Black Magic and Black Widow Clear color griptapes)
- 1 sheet of printer paper (You can choose to use transparency paper if you choose)
- 1 file folder or oaktag paper
- Xacto Knife (for more precise cuts)
Step 1: Image Selection and Cutting
Step 2: Copying Onto Oaktag Then Applying to Backside of Grip
When that is done you're ready to take the image to grip tape. Since you are drawing your stencil on the underside of the griptape, make sure to appropriately flip your image so when you turn it back around on the right side it comes out the way you want it to. Placement is really up to you, just make sure the image is centered enough so when you apply the grip to the board it doesn't fall off the side. Stencil both pieces of grip tape and use your razors again to cut along the lines of the design. It may to easier to scrape the outline with the blade and then do a once over to finish the cuts. Save the fragments which you cut out of the 2nd grip as they will fill in the cuts from the first sheet. When you're done with this, you're now ready to start gripping the board.