Did you know that Smoothfoam is a great surface for mixed media art? When I was approached to do a demo at the Smoothfoam booth at the Craft & Hobby Assocation Show this January, we discussed possibly stamping on Smoothfoam. But what would I stamp?
To prep the collection of 12×12 Smoothfoam sheets for creating, I painted them with a single coat of acrylic craft paint. Pre-painting the Smoothfoam surface was akin to gessoing a canvas before painting it – by prepping the “canvas”, ink and stickers adhered to the surface better and dried faster.
I gathered my best collection of assorted pigment inkpads, rolling stamp wheels, and patterned rubber stamps and set to creating. I printed out a few favorite images from http://thegraphicsfairy.com onto Craft Attitude printable film to transfer onto the finished 12×12 Smoothfoam sheets as I demoed them. I didn't know what the final product was going to look like, but I was ready for anything.
Here are some of the projects that I created in the booth, during the demo:
I recently created Valentine themed “faux canvas” using Smoothfoam 12×12 sheets, stamping on the same in the same manner I did in the demo at CHA – here's a tutorial video on the entire process, from start to finish:
Here are the basic supplies you'll need to get started on this “faux canvas” project:
- 12x12x1 Smoothfoam Sheets
- Craft Attitude Printable Film
- Photos or Images from thegraphicsfairy.com
- Xyron Glue Stick for Corners
- ColorBox Pigment Ink
- ColorBox Archival Dye Ink
- ColorBox Mix'd Media Inx
- ColorBox Stylus & Tips Set
- ColorBox Blending Tool
- Assorted Rollagraph Stamp Wheels
- Assorted Rubber Stamps by Hero Arts, Hampton Art, etc
- Westcott Scissors
- Heat Gun
- Optional: Flowers, beads, and other embellishments; hot glue gun
Imagine centerpieces for a wedding, with photos of the happy couple… a plaque at a retirement party, honoring the retiree … holiday or home decor images that can be changed out easily each season. What would you create?
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3 thoughts on “Mixed Media Canvases from Smoothfoam – I Kinda Love It!”
Wow Jennfier! These are fabulous!
Wow! I love the texture working on foam creates. These look great