Hi ArtFoamie Fans, Lynne Forsythe here!
Do you have a FAVORITE holiday? I do, it’s Thanksgiving. A time where we gather as a family, to enjoy each other’s company and LAUGH A LOT. To help lighten the load, everyone brings their signature dish. I ALWAYS make an Apple Crumb Pie, I was informed last Thanksgiving I need to make 2 this year, and New Orleans Potato Casserole. My sister makes one of my FAVS Cranberry Relish, I remember helping my grandmother grind up the cranberries in a old Meat Grinder, back in the day. My mom usually makes up a batch of Celery Sticks stuffed with Cream Cheese and Date. So needless to say, we eat LOTS of Delicious Traditional Food. Then, after the table has been cleared we eat pie and play our traditional game of Yatzhee. For the ﬁrst time in a few years, my son will be coming home….YEAH!!! There is something magical about being Thankful!!
Typically, I make a decorative pumpkin but this year, I’m taking it up a notch. I’ve decided to dress up the whole table by making Decorative Napkin Rings, Canvas/Burlap Coasters and Burlap place mats. So, I pulled out some of my FAVORITE products to use, a BUNCH of ArtFoamies.
I put on some of my FAVORITE music and commenced to creating. OH what FUN I had. Good for the soul. I hope you will take a moment to watch how I created my Thanksgiving Napkin Rings.
Thank you so MUCH for stopping by the blog today to check out my Altered Napkin Rings. Make sure to Like and Comment of the ArtFoamies YouTube Channel!
Art by Marlene ~ HexaGone, Leaf Geo
Einat Kessler ~ Circle Background Positive and Negative
N Studio ~ Weave Rebekah Meier Designs ~ Patio Tile
OTHER PRODUCT USED
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint, Purple, Olive, Antique Gold, Copper
Canvas Corp Tissue Stock ~ Kraft, White and French Script
The Crafter’s Workshop Spotted Stencil 6x6, Grecian Gold Modeling Paste
ThermoWeb/Rebekah Meier Designs
Mixed Media Medium
Mixed Media Transfer Foil ~ Old Gold
Till we meet again…HAPPY CREATING!!
Hi, Denise here with a new project!
When I saw the Art Foamie Hexagon Flower Pattern, I knew I had to repeat the pattern to make a flower. Once I did the idea just snowballed from there. I wanted a little garden but it had to have some dimension!
With the help of my gelli plate I printed some flowers and created layers giving my canvas just the look I was hoping for!
Oval Canvas, it could be any shape you choose
Acrylic Paint, your choice of colors
Art Foamies, Spot on by Balzer Designs https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p311/Balzer%3A_Spot_On.html
Hexagon Flower Pattern by Marta Harvery https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p622/Marta_Harvey_Art%3A_Hexagon_Flower_Pattern.html
Cardstock, 2 sheets
Vellum, 1 sheet
posca paint pens
black ink pen
hot glue gun and glue sticks
craft paper flowers
I really hope you liked this video!
Hi and welcome to a new tutorial for ArtFoamies. I’m Josefine and today I’d like to share with you a “balanced” wood canvas. I prefer wood canvases over canvas fabric as it is sturdier and gives your projects a unique look.
I started by applying the first layer of paint. A very easy technique, especially if you sometimes have difficulties with getting started, is to use a brayer. I applied a few drops of paint directly to the canvas and then just brayered all over it. For this project, I did that in two steps: first blue shades for the sky, then green shades for the grass.
Next, I used a StampBuddy as my palette to create an ombre look. I applied two of the same colors that I used for the background to the StampBuddy. Now I pressed several patterns of the Art by Marlene Circle Salad ArtFoamies into it and stamped them onto the canvas. Some of them just once, some of them several times.
All these circles were a little bit too visible for me, so I decided to add another layer of paint and some tissue paper to it.
These paints are rather opaque, so I wiped some of the top layer away with a baby wipe. This way you can still see the circles, but they appear in the background and add a really interesting pattern to it.
On to the focal point. First, I stamped the word “Balance” to the bottom right using a contrasting color. I decided to go with two shades of orange and repeated the same color using one of the Balzer Deluxe Small ArtFoamies.
What fits better than a flamingo to the word “Balance”? Of course, I had to add it to my wood canvas! I used my brayer to apply a pink shade to the top of the flamingo and a brown shade to the legs.
And then stamped it to the right side of my canvas.
I love the grungy look that the ArtFoamies create when stamping with them. These imperfections are what makes mixed media exciting. Plus, it now looks like an aged canvas with a painting from hundreds of years ago.
Here are a few close ups of the canvas.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to get out your own ArtFoamies and create something with them :)
- Balzer Deluxe Small: https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p709/Balzer_Deluxe_Small.html
- Art by Marlene Circle Salad: https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p494/ArtByMarlene%3A_Circle_Salad.html
- RTR Summer Flamingo: https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p493/RTR_Summer_Flamingo.html
- Cat Kerr Balance: https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p718/Cat_Kerr%3A_Balance.html
- Wood canvas
- Tissue/ collage paper of choice (I used Ranger Dina Wakley Paper Backgrounds)
- Gel Medium
- PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paints in Guacamole, Haystack, Prawn, Mud Splat, Jade, Glacier Ice, Slimed, Blue Lagoon, Butternut, Green Patina (or you can use any other brand/ color that you like)
Hello ArtFoamie Fans. Lynne Forsythe here and I’m SUPER excited to share my premiere creations as a part of their Design Team.
I stumbled onto ArtFoamies via a E-newsletter put out by Julie from Blazer Designs. I was intrigued, so I went to their website and placed my first order and have been in LOVE since that day!
To begin my creative process I collaged some ‘Tovers onto a 12 x 12 piece of Kraft Cardstock with Multi Medium.
When my new “paper” was dry, I applied a layer of White Gesso with a fan brush. When it was dry I applied another layer of Multi Medium over the entire surface.
Prior to receiving my box of DT goodies, I received some High Impact Paints and High Impact Paint ~ Metallic from Tattered Angels. I couldn’t wait to see how they would work together and this was the perfect time! I applied various paint colors onto a Paper Palette. With my brayer, I applied the colors onto a few ArtFoamie Stamps I had chosen.
Rebekah Meier Designs
Art by Marlene
Now of Never
The beauty of ArtFoamies is they stamp FABULOUSLY onto textured surfaces.
I wanted to add another accent color so I chose to drop bits of Tanzanite ~ Glimmer Glam onto my new “paper”.
I then spritzed the drops of color with water to make the color move.
Now each time I use an ArtFoamie stamp, I stamp off onto a piece of paper. Today I chose a sheet of Ivory Cardstock. I will save it for another project.
When my new “paper” was dry I cut it up into ATC size pieces.
I decided instead of making ATC’s I would whip up a few cards. I chose to stamp on the card face with Art by Marlene ~ Fenced.
Here is one of my finished cards.
I hope you have enjoyed my creative process, now to see what I will make with the leftover “paper”.
Other Products Used
High Impact Paint
High Impact Paint Metallic
Hi, Nicole here!
If you can’t tell from some of the lighting in my video, it was a dreary, rainy day in Houston, Texas when I created this journal spread. I spent a couple of days in and out of the rain walking to my flower garden. We decided to plant milkweed this summer, and I finally had a caterpillar ready to make a chrysalis! The rain, my hope for butterflies, and this Geo Flower stamp from ArtFoamies inspired my page.
After creating some background layers with ephemera, butterfly tissue, green striped tissue, a dot stencil, and acrylic paint, I stamped the Geo Flowers three times. They turned out a little bolder than planned, but after I painted them they looked perfect!
I drew some stems, grunged up the page, added some number stickers, splattered, and journaled. Then, I created a small tag with leftover bits from the layers and added the message: replace fear of the unknown with hope.
Fear of the unknown and change are something we all struggle with. Taking time to journal and create are such valuable tools as we wait for our wings. I had to rescue my chrysalis and bring it inside. It was a little beat up from the rain and the leaf it was hanging on was about to fall off the plant. It’s now hanging from a chopstick in my kitchen, and I love looking at the bright spots of gold. I hope it makes it into a butterfly, so I can watch it stretch its wings and fly.
Hi, it’s Josefine. Welcome to my first video tutorial for ArtFoamies. I really enjoy working with a Gel Press to create mono prints and thought that this would be the perfect technique to share with you for my first video.
As part of that, I created a mini art journal made out of one single sheet of paper and then I used the ArtFoamies to decorate the background and to stamp the foreground for my cover.
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I hope you enjoy the video!
How did you like this folding technique? I found the idea for it on Pinterest and was so excited about it that I bought the book that included this technique (and hundreds of others…) after I was done with this project. It’s from Alisa Golden and called “Making Handmade Books”, in case you are interested.
Now it’s your turn. Get out your mono printing plate, some ArtFoamies and create your own little art journal.
Here are a few close ups from my project:
- Balzer Deluxe Small: https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p709/Balzer_Deluxe_Small.html
- Lisa Walton Japanese Crest Set: https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p658/Lisa_Walton%3A_Japanese_Crest_Set.html
- PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paints in Jade, Prawn, Butter, Butternut, Glacier Ice, Slimed, Blue Lagoon, Green Patina, Venice Blue (or pick the brand/ colors of your choice)
- Gel Press of choice ( I used Ranger Gel Printing Plate 3 Pack)
- Decoration for the cover: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Quote Chips
- Washi tape of choice
Hi Denise here...
Art Foamies and Distress Oxide Inks, match made in heaven I think! I love the results I got using this combination! The backgrounds you can create are endless! I was a while trying to decide what I wanted to do with the paper I had created. I decided to finally do something that seems to be a big craze lately....Artist Trading Coins!
1. I like to start with my lighter colors of Distress Oxide ink first. Just apply some ink on your piece of plastic, spritz with water and then smoosh it onto your piece of watercolor paper. I heat dry the ink inbetween each layer of color as to be careful not to make mud.
2. When you are happy with your background color start stamping with your Art Foamies. For stamping I chose brighter, more vibrant colors. The Art Foamies I used are Dandelion Mix by Red Tin Roof and Foambination Gemetric Patterns by Einat Kessler. For the larger Art Foamies I put ink on the plastic, spritz with water, stamped the Art Foamie into the ink and then stamped onto my paper. This gives it a more watercolor feel. For the smaller ones I just stamped my Art Foamie directly onto the ink pad and onto the paper. And the Art Foamies clean up so easily. Just a little spray of water and stamp onto paper towel! Easy as that!
3. For my final bit of stamping I used Hero Arts pigment ink in Unicorn with Cat Kerr's Art Foamie, Rustic. I applied the ink directly to the art foamie and it turned out Fabulous!!!
4. Your next step is to cut out some circles! I used a Making Memories circle cutter but you can use whatever you like. A circle punch, Silhouette, Cricut, scissors, whatever you have. I also doodled around some of the stamped images with a paint pen and stabillo all pencil. Just so they would pop out even more!
5. I took my circles to the sewing maching and sewed around the edge of each circle three times. I like the messy look and added detail it gives. This is totally optional. I then chose pictures to glue down and added some rub ons. I kept it really simple and I love the outcome!
If interested in the Youtube video as well, here is the link:
1 sheet of watercolor paper, 11x15 inches
Distress Oxide Inks, colors of your choosing
A piece of plastic, could be packaging from a stamp set or stencil, a piece of acetate
Spray bottle with water
Dandelion Mix by Red Tin Roof https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p642/RTR%3A_Dandelion_mix.html
Foambination Geometric Border by Einat Kessler https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p377/Einat_Kessler%3A_Foambination_Geometric_Border.html
Rustic by Cat Kerr https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p714/Cat_Kerr%3A_Rustic.html
Hero Arts Pigment Ink, Unicorn
Circle cutter, punch or scissors
White Paint Pen
Black Stabillo All pencil
Sewing machine / black thread
Images (photos, stickers, magazine cut outs, downloads ,etc)
We are excited and thrilled to introduce to you the first ever ArtFoamies Design Team!
These group of talented designers will be inspiring you with amazing projects and step by step tutorials every week.
Let's get to know them!
Hi. my name is Denise Lush and I am from Southern Ontario. I was born and raised in Newfoundland but moved to Ontario with my now husband at the age of 19. We have two amazing kids, a handsome dog and three beautiful fluffy cats!
I have always loved being creative. I remember when I was a little girl I would draw and color pictures of food and cut them out to use when playing with dishes and playing house. Imagine a bowl full of pretend peas! lol
I love to try new things and wish there was enough time in the day to do all the things! I like to paint, draw, play with clay, gelli print, art journaling, collage and mixed media! I love it all!
Hi, my name is Josefine (aka HolyLise on social media), I’m a blogger, designer and teacher with focus on card making, art journaling and mixed media projects. I discovered my creative side in 2014 when I moved from Germany to the US to be with my very supportive husband and our Rat Terrier “Freedom”. Since then I’m constantly inspired by all the great artists that I follow and enjoy experimenting with different mediums and techniques. The messier the project, the happier I am. I also teach mixed media classes in my local craft store and online, as well as at craft conventions like Creativation and Scrapbook Expo.
Hi EVERYONE!! My name is Lynne Forsythe and I hail from a small town in Northern New Hampshire and have been "creating" since I was a child. I discovered paper crafting about 9 years ago.....and have never looked back! I love trying new things, then sharing them with anyone who will listen. I like to remind people that “It's good to step outside of one’s creative box.” If I were to classify my style, it would be Distress/Texture meets Shabby and ALWAYS has flowers! <3
I've been published in several magazines and currently design for Canvas Corp Brands, UmWowStudio, and Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession. I have also created numerous video tutorials and have taught extensively across the United States.
Hi! I’m Nicole Watson, a Midwest girl who married a Southern boy now living in Houston, Texas. Art has always been part of me … from collecting random bits of paper at a young age, to selling my first painting in high school, then discovering mixed media while studying art and design in college. Other stops along my art journey include scrapbooking, card making, freelance photography, and layout/graphic design. Creating in my studio and sharing my work with others gives me life, purpose, and is healing to my soul.
Wow! What a talented group of designers!
We're so excited to see what they create!