Since painting a logo or image on your cornhole boards can be down in several ways, we're going to feature different methods, as used by different people.
You can either add your own method, or add notes to a method that somebody else has posted!
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1. Find the image you are looking for.
2. Save it to your computer.
3. I first open my logo up in a free program called IrfanView.
4. Go to Resize/Resample and type in the size you want the logo to be. You have an option to resize it in inches which helps out a lot!
5. Re-save your image to your computer after you got the size you want.
6. Open your new image up in Microsoft Paint.
7. Click FILE and PRINT. Depending on the size of your image...you will have several sheets of paper printed out with different pieces of your logo on them. You really don't have to print this image with the best dpi. I changed my printer settings so that it used minimal ink. You'll see why in a minute.
8. Cut each piece of paper so that the pieces fit together to form your logo. Kinda like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.
9. Find a piece of heavy duty cardboard that will be big enough to fit your logo on. Place your logo on the cardboard by taping it.
10. Trace the outline of your logo onto the cardboard. When your done...throw the printed logo away. (See why I said don't use up all your ink by making this logo perfect when you print it out! You don't need it anymore.)
11. Get your box knife/exacto knife and start cutting out the logo in the cardboard. This will be much easier to trace your logo onto your boards. The cardboard won't move as much as a sheet of paper. See what I'm saying? Now you can save your cardboard logo for future boards! No need to do it all over again.
12. Put blue tape over the area you will be painting the logo. Make sure it's pressed down real good!!
13. Center your cardboard logo over the taped area.
14. Trace the logo onto the tape.
15. Cut the the logo out of the tape.
16. Press down on the edges that you will be painting again.
17. This is the time you need to refer to what we all call here the "Shaggy method". I'm assuming you already have your boards painted the color you want. Basically...the shaggy method is where you first paint the logo area with your base color so it will seal the tape to prevent bleeding. After that dries...you can now paint your logo with what ever colors you want. On your last coat...be sure and peel the tape off before the paint fully dries.
- Unless you're making a stencil that you will use over and over, you can eliminate the cardboard step. Mask off your board with blue or green tape. Get stencil adhesive from walmart/craft store/ wherever. Spray this on the back of the logo. Place it over the masking tape. Use exacto knife and cut it out.
- It will save you time to use contact paper. You can buy it at Menards ( buy frosted clear ). Make Sure you press all the edges down before you paint. Tape does work ... but this what I do to save time.
- Or you can use carbon paper or stencil paper to trace. Just tape a piece of carbon paper to the back then tape down the logo on whatever you are transferring the image on to - Tape, contact paper or cardboard - Then just cut out.
- Or use the stencil adhesive and glue it to the cardboard/mylar/old x-ray film and cut it out.
- Or just use carbon paper to trace it onto the tape. Carbon paper is cheap and you can get it at most office supply stores.
Milky's Logo Painting Method
Here's how I do it. If you search the site for a few minutes, you can definitely find many different techniques.
- Find the design you want online.
- Print it out using Microsoft Paint. Re-size it until you have the size you want. It will print on many different pieces of paper. Tape those papers together like a puzzle until the desired size is achieved.
- Tape the desing to cardboard.
- Cut the design out with a razor blade, essentially forming a stencil.
- Blue tape off the entire section on your board where the design will go.
- Remove the paper from the cardboard and tape the cardboard "stencil" to your board.
- Trace the design onto your blue tape with a pencil.
- Remove the cardboard from your board.
- Cut out the design with your razor blade, but don't remove all the pieces.
- Using the "Paint by numbers" technique, label all the sections you just drew.
- Remove the tape from the first color you want to paint.
- Prime and paint the first color.
- Remove the tape from the second color.
- Prime and paint the second color.
- Repeat this step for all remaining colors.
- Remove all tape and touch up as necessary.
- Drink beer
- Play cornhole
- If your colors are too close together for you to feel comfortable painting one without messing up the other, than simply wait for the first color to dry, ptape over it, re-cut it, then prime and paint the other color.
- Make sure all of the edges of your blue tape are smashed down into the wood. I mean, press them down like your life depends on it. Then, when you think they are down enough, do it one more time. This will eliminate bleed through with using the "Shaggy Method".
- Please keep in mind, this is just how I do my boards. Some people use freehand. Some use brushes instead of rollers. Some use contact paper. Some use carbon paper. Some use a projector (I do sometimes). Heck, some people robably use techniques that none of us on here have any idea about yet. This is just how I do mine. I'mnot claiming it's the best, or perfect, but it works great for me, and my customer's are always thrilled with the finished product.
- Tip found at http://www.CornholeGamePlayers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2337
"FloridaBagBoards" Logo Painting Method
The long and short version of what i do.
Short version. You basically want to seal your tape. You want to seal the edges of the tape to keep paint from seeping under the edge and destroying your nice crisp lines. This almost always works but you may have a small spot here and that to touch up. One thing to make sure is you have a really flat surface with no dips/holes. Dips = leakage
An example would be taking your logo, if you made a white background, paint the entire board white first. 2-3 Coats depending on your preferences. Tape out the entire area where the logo will be. To do this, use the extra wide blue painters tape. Lay down horizontal or vertical lines of tape where the logo will be, carefully making sure each new row of tape overlaps the last row a little bit. Carefully cut out the logo itself with an exacto knife. Now to "seal" the tape, you will need to paint over the edge of the tape with your base color at least once. I usually do it twice just to make sure. What this does is seal any leaks on the edge of your tape with the base color itself, so that you cant' see it! Then when you let that dry and go back over it with the next color, you'll have a perfectly crisp sharp line.
The same theory applies for boards where you keep the wood background. Stain the board like normal and put a coat or two of poly down on top of that. Lay out your design and carefully cut it out just like above. This time, seal the tape with 1-2 coats of poly. Again you can seal the tape with any color/poly, just make sure that it's the same as the base color so that any leakage will blend into the background.
Now for the logo, I would say it depends on how much time you have. If you are not in a hurry, I would really suggest doing it by hand. With the suggestion posted above, I would cut out the very edge of the logo from the tape - being very careful to keep it in good condition so that you can put it back later. Seal the tape as mentioned above with the base color or poly and then paint the entire inside color of the logo with 1-2 coats. Once that fully dries, put the logo cut out back in its original position the best you can. Now cut out the locations where every other color will be. After sealing the new cutout locations, you will probably want to do a coat or two of primer first, to get it back closer to white otherwise the new colors may not look right. Then go back and fill in the rest, always remembering to "seal" the tape with the base color, before switching to a new color. That's the key. Always seal with the color below the tape first to keep your lines perfect.
Notes Tip found at http://www.CornholeGamePlayers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2337
Using Copy Paper - Graphic Painting
Tip by Cheeks
Here's what i do and it's never failed. I print out the logo on regular copy paper one sheet for each color, sometimes you can get away with just two copies if three colors don't meet each other. For larger logos, you have to use 2 or 4 sheets of paper, just make sure they are exactly the same when you put them together. Tape your board and then mark out where the outside edges of the sheet (or sheets) of paper are going to go. I use a fine tip sharpie because it wont make indents in the paint underneath. spray craft spray adhesive on the back of your first sheet and place it where you marked it out.
For certain logos, I would use 2 or 3 sheets.
Cut out the black silhouette and paint like normal. Wait for it to dry but don't remove the tape from around the outside where your marks are. Re-tape where you painted, and use you previous marks to place your second sheet. it should be in the same exact spot. cut out each individual color. You may need to primer before you paint the other colors.
I do it this way because you don't want to cut in the same spot twice because if you're off by just a half millimeter, you can tell in the finished product.