How to Paint Your Kayak to Look Like an Alligator

How to Paint Your Kayak to Look Like an Alligator
There is something about the elongated oval shape of a kayak that does, in fact, remind you on an alligator--the tapering snout and tapering tail of the animal and the way it slides and glides into the water bears a resemblance to a low-to-the-water and sleek look of a contemporary kayak. With a customized coat of alligator-green marine paint, bulging eyes and rows of scales on top of the kayak and a menacing mouth with teeth on either side, your kayak just may be mistaken for the real thing.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Sketch Your Design

Things You’ll Need:
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Drab green-brown marine fiberglass paint
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Chalk or pencil
  • Black paint
  • White paint
Step 1
Design eyes on the top of the kayak with menacing, deeply slanted eyebrows. Make the eyes large enough to slope over onto the sides of the boat so observers will see an alligator in top and side views. Use black and white paint for the eyes and black paint for the eyelids.
Step 2
Place two black nostrils on the top of the boat toward the very front.
Step 3
Plan for five or six rows of black, squiggly ridges down the length of the kayak.
Step 4
Begin the legs on the top of the boat and continue them down the sides. While the scales and ridges on the top of the boat stretch horizontally down the length of the boat, the ridges on the legs will go vertically. Design the tops of the legs on the top of the boat by using shapes like parentheses, with four or so vertical squiggles running down their side.
Step 5
Sketch the legs on the sides of the kayak in the middle of the boat, with two black lines down about 5 inches apart and a foot attached facing forward. Don't forget menacing black claws on all four feet. Make sure that the tail section behind the legs is longer than the distance between the front end to the first leg.
Step 6
Design a long gaping mouth with teeth, about 18 inches long, for both sides of the boat. Decide whether to have the upper and lower parts of the mouth appear when the kayak is in the water or, alternatively, design the upper jaw above the kayak water line and the lower jaw to appear when the boat is out of the water.
Step 7
Sketch out the design for your boat on paper, cut out the various parts and tape them onto the boat in order to get the proportions and locations of all parts of the alligator where you want them.

Painting the Kayak

Step 1
Paint the entire kayak in a green-brown shade using gel coat marine paint made for your type of kayak. Let the paint dry thoroughly before proceeding.
Step 2
Outline the final sketch onto the boat using chalk or a pencil.
Step 3
Paint the eyes, nose, scales, legs and mouth using the black and white paint.

Article Written By Susan Lundman

After retiring from work in a nonprofit child development agency, Susan Lundman began writing about her passions of healthy foods and gardening. She writes for a variety of websites and blogs about her adventures for family and friends. Lundman holds a Master of Arts in English from Stanford University.

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