Art & Sea began back in 2011, when I wanted to add a personal touch to my own sea kayak. I purchased my first composite sea kayak to allow me to work as a freelance kayaking instructor. I wanted to make my boat unique and stand out from the rest. Internet search results were unsuccessful and it was time to be inventive. We turned to vinyl as the most flexible and durable option, I set about sourcing a vinyl supplier and colours were chosen. The graphics themselves were all cut out and applied by hand – a process that took all of three days.

With my new boat completed, I began working on the West Coast of Scotland. It didn’t take me long to realise that there was a huge gap in the market for custom vinyl graphics and so, soon after, Art & Sea began. 

When starting Art & Sea I was lucky enough to get some funding from the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust through their BT Young Scottish entrepreneurs scheme. With this, I was able to purchase some of the key equipment needed. Without their help we really wouldn’t be here today.


From our office in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland, we offer everything from vinyl boat names and vinyl lettering to custom vinyl graphics, vehicle livery and logo design. With the help of our awesome vinyl cutter we are able to offer a whole range of vinyl graphics and decals for kayaks, sailing boats and loads more. Boat names and SSR numbers can be designed and bought online with our amazing Boat Name Designer, custom graphics and logo designs are always more than possible as is vehicle livery. 

No matter how big or bold your ideas, we are here to make them work. Thats what makes Art & Sea unique; all graphics are drawn by myself – everything is completely unique and we will work with you until you are happy with the results. My background in Art & Design allows me the skills and unique touch to help meet your needs. So, if you are after something totally different, then get in touch; we can draw any shape or design and can come up with plenty of new ideas too. 

What’s more, we also offer a custom design service. Be it replacement vinyl graphics, or that set of custom graphics you’ve been dreaming of, we can help. Everything is drawn by ourselves and we always love a challenge. We’ll work with you until you have a design that you are happy with. Then, we will cut it to fit in the colours you pick out. 

When out of the office, I can usually be found on the sea; either paddling for fun, coaching as a UKCC/BCU Level 2 coach and Sea Kayak Leader or sailing onboard our own boat ‘Seal’. I’m also a volunteer crew member and deputy press officer of Oban Lifeboat.

Thanks for reading, 

Leonie, Art & Sea x


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