DIY Lowrider Custom Paint Style Patterns
Here's an easy painting project for all ages that shows off a couple of the popular custom paint method found on lowriders an hot rods.
Second in a four-part series of kid-friendly projects celebrating different familiar custom painting designs.
Last week we looked as the flame designs popular with hot rod Kustom Kulture. This week, we’re going with a simple-but-cool look seen on some beautiful Lowrider and hot rod panels.
Using the “Fish Scales” and “Lace Stencils” pattern, let’s make some simple and quick kid friendly art. I recommend getting and 8” X 10” or 11” X 14” piece of plain art canvas board, but these can also be done on a piece of wood board or plain paper, if that is what is available.
Easy kid-friendly Fish Scale painting idea
This is the overlapping, rounded repeating pattern that looks like fish or dragon scales, and just takes two colors of paint and a round or oval template (like a cheap cardboard pub coaster, glass or cookie cutter).
First, paint a nice solid color over the entire canvas, and let it dry. A sparkly metallic spray paint or acrylic paint would be very effective.
Now, make the pattern by placing the coaster along the bottom edge of the canvas, half hanging off, and trace around it. Repeat this along the entire bottom.
Make a second layer by centering the coaster on the top of each arc (as shown), and tracing another line of round shapes across. Repeat this until the entire panel is filled.
Use a template (like a coaster or cookie cutter) to draw your pattern, and fill in the inner (or outer) edge of the circle to give it depth.
Now using a darker paint, gently dab around the inside of each arc to give it a little depth.
Lace Stencil design
This works really well on a plain white canvas, but don't be afraid to try different colors.
The idea is to simply airbrush over a lace pattern for a detailed stenciled result, but for our purposes, spray paint or brushed on acrylic or craft paint is fine.
First, find your lace. Party and cloth stores have big wide, lace borders and wide ribbons, or find an inexpensive package of fancy paper doilies (which I'll use in the demonstration) as a pattern.
Place these as flat as you can over the canvas, taping around the edges with masking tape. A little school glue or glue stick can help with any edge that bubbles up, as they will still be easy to remove.
Next lightly spray or brush over the lace pattern, and let it dry. Remove the lace and there’s you pattern.
Secure some lace cloth, ribbon or doilies over a plain piece of canvas or paper. Paint over the entire piece. Carefully remove the lace for a stenciled result.
Hang these up and show them off. They look great in garage or game rooms, but they also make for easy wall art in bathrooms, bedrooms, or kitchens.
These patterns may be associated with fancy cars that go “low and slow,” but they are quick and easy to make for lowrider, hot rod and art lovers alike.