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#1 seabee CE Jun 23, 2012 07:15 AM

Post your sail art
I,ve seen some really nice boats pictured but would like some close-ups of your sail art. I think there are some really creative sail artist.

#2 Rusty Nail Jun 24, 2012 07:27 AM

Well it's not sail art but here is my version of a Lichenstein Bottle!

#3 thorsail Jun 26, 2012 09:07 AM

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we have a few examples in our clubs Soling 1M fleet
pics 1,2 and 3 are by the same guy-his paint skills are amazing.(sail # 534,535,536)
the last pic is for fun -who hasn't rounded a weather mark, trying to catch and
pass another boat and thought,"c'mon guys put up the whomper !"

#4 liljimmy Jul 07, 2012 03:41 PM

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Custom by squirrels:mad: newport 12#516

#5 liljimmy Sep 21, 2012 12:59 PM

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all better (home built):D

#6 tsudduth Oct 06, 2012 09:18 AM

Lone Star Sails
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Bet you can't guess where this boat is from.

#7 seabee CE Oct 06, 2012 09:45 AM


Originally Posted by tsudduth (Post 22928053)
Bet you can't guess where this boat is from.

Puerto Rico?

#8 Boomer1 Oct 09, 2012 10:16 AM

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Here are a few -

#9 Raymond-leflyr Oct 14, 2013 12:11 PM

I would like to try my hand at "sail artwork" but I have no idea where to start - for example what paints/markers to use to produce sharp, vivid colors, flexible colors. Regular "magic" markers are OK but I'm thinking there must be something better out there. Is there a tutorial perhaps?

#10 Boomer1 Oct 14, 2013 01:49 PM

I am looking forward to any responses to your questions. I can say that there may be some different methods based on the sail materials.

A friend here on the forum that on his Nirvana used spray pain to paint his sails. Nirvana sails are very different that most. Many are made of a "ripstop" type of fabric, which may or may not take spray paint as well???

Be interesting to hear from others on this question. :popcorn::popcorn:


#11 triumphjon Oct 14, 2013 02:57 PM

i tried dylon fabric dye on some old grey ripstop sails , which didnt work . now its just permenant marker pens ive been using .

#12 Dick L. Oct 14, 2013 03:18 PM

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Go to Michaels or Joanne Fabrics and look for paint that is for silk flowers. It is the only kind that I have found to "stick" to rip-stop nylon that has been "treated". It comes in rattle cans and there is a wide range of colors (flowers) but if you want to start doing several colors, frisket material is needed to make up the stencils through which you paint. Cans of paint run about $6.00 + (US) and frisket material (very thin Mylar, adhesive backed sheets) runs about $10.00 for about 5 sheets (as I recall - been some time) Frisket is used by airbrush artists for doing multicolor work where an overspray isn't wanted.

You can also purchase/use "water slide decal paper" and print directly on it. It comes for either ink jet or laser copiers. Regardless it is good to clear coat a couple of times then soak in water, slide the printed decal off and onto the Mylar sail material. I have not tried on "soft" (untreated) rip-stop.

Paint will last unless you get a fold in the sail which will often show as a crease and which can also start the process of flaking off. Keep paint thin - NOT heavy coats.

Also, be sure to check your class rules as some racing classes may not allow graphics.

This is my original prototype MultiONE trimaran with painted (pink) rip-stop sails.

#13 thorsail Oct 14, 2013 03:27 PM

If you asked Soling sailors they would tell you to try "design master" spray paints
that you can get at michaels-floral people use it to color real and fake flowers.
comes in tons of colors.as usual, the taping off of the design,as in any painting
is critical to sharp lines....
Solings can only use 2 oz. dacron material--no idea how this product would work
on any other sail "cloth"
only thing I have heard about using markers is the bleed problem,I guess solved
by using the smallest possible tip to outline( like say,sail #s) then filling in with a
bigger marker.
note:on those first 3 Soling pics I posted up here,I know they were done with
"real" paint-ie: spray gun/air compressor application by Tbarjohn.

#14 Dick L. Oct 14, 2013 03:32 PM

Thanks - couldn't remember the name of the paint. You may be able to reduce the bleed problem by spraying with clear FIRST. Try it on scarp material first. I always save "almost dried out" Sharpie markers to outline as they don't bleed as much as new ones

#15 martin richards Oct 14, 2013 10:31 PM

http://www.pro-sails.com/Sails/Sails.html are pretty colourful for the RG65 class

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