Hi everybody! So excited to be here with you today to share in another tutorial. I am thrilled with how this turned out and can't wait for you all to try it.
I started out with a dirty gelli plate. I never clean my gelli plate. I love the grunge the old leftover paints leave on my prints. It makes me so very happy!
I also use an extra gelli plate for rolling out paint. This is not necessary. You could use wax paper, scrap paper, craft matt, palette paper pad, paper plate, anything you choose.
For my first layers I stamp with some Art Foamies. To do so I apply the paint to my extra gelli plate and then either roll the paint onto the Art Foamie with a brayer, or press the Art Foamie into the paint that's on the gelli plate; either way works great.
For this print I used Spot On by Balzer Designs in white paint; and Midtown Mini Set by n*studio (Nathalie Kalbach) in Payne's Grey.
I let the paint dry in between each later. You can add even more layers if you like in as many colors as you like. Or just stick to one or two colors.
Once the paint has dried I lay down my stencil. I chose one that is simple and has a lot of negative space. I rolled out some black paint onto my extra gelli plate and then roll the paint onto my stencil.
Once the paint has been applied I remove the stencil.
I then immediately take another Art Foamie, this time choosing Rustic by Cat Kerr, and stamp into that wet paint on the stencils portion and stamp it off onto the background outside the stencil. Use the black paint on your spare gelli plate if you need some more paint to fill in the rest of your background on your main gelli plate. Please note when using text, the words will appear backwards on your print. But it looks so awesome, you won't care.
Let this dry completely. Take the time now to go rinse the paint off your Art Foamies. You can usually tell the paint is dry simply by looking at it. If you are unsure lightly tap an area to check.
Once the paint has completely dried, add a thin layer of paint over the entire gelli plate. I used two colors; magenta around the heart area and yellow over everything. Make sure you don't have too much paint or you will not get all the layers underneath. You should be able to faintly see the layers underneath through your top coat of paint.
Now pull a print right away. I just used a piece of white cardstock. Rub the back of the paper, making sure to get the entire thing.
Now isn't that beautiful!!!! I love it! All the layers and grunginess!!!
1 sheet of white cardstock, 8 1/2 X 11 inches
Paint colors of your choice, I used 5 different colors
Palette Paper or some surface for paint, flat so you can brayer the paint
1 stencil, preferably a good size of negative space (ex 1 big heart)
Spot On by Balzer Designs https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p311/Balzer%3A_Spot_On.html
Midtown Mini Set by n*studio Nathalie Kalbach https://www.artfoamies.com/store/c19/Nathalie_Kalbach_designs.html
Rustic by Cat Kerr
I do hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try for yourself. The possabilities are endless, now go have fun! Please tag me if you share your pieces on social media. I would love to see what you create!
Thanks so much.
Hi everyone, Josefine here and I’m super excited to share this art journal page with you. I used the journal that I made for my first ArtFoamies tutorial (you can find it here) and I thought it would be fun to share with you how I decorated all the pages.
Here is what the page looked like before I started.
First, it needed more layers. So, I grabbed one of the n*studio Geometric Small foam stamps and stamped that pattern all over the background. I used similar colors than the ones I used for the original background and mixed up green and blue.
In order to not waste all the paint that I had left on my craft mat, I used one of the other stamps from the same set and added them to the background.
On to the base for my focal image. It had to be a bright color, but one that doesn’t over power the green/ blue of the background. I picked yellow, brayered it onto the Fleur de Lis from Ann Butler and stamped it onto the left side of the page.
The original background had a pink colored circle in the back. I wanted to pick up that color in the foreground somehow and decided to stamp the small flower from Lisa Walton’s Japanese Crest Set in a peach – pink color randomly all over the page. In addition, I stamped Einat Kessler’s Woman Power, first the outline in a silver color…
… and then to the same spot with a light beige color.
Before I added the final finishing touches, I cleaned up the two Woman Power stamps by stamping them onto one of my clean up pages. That page is coming along rather nicely, don’t you think?
At the end, I added a negative picture and a short sentiment to the page.
Here are some close ups of the page. I hope you enjoyed it and want to decorate some of your started art journal pages as well. Because I bet you have them somewhere ;)
- N*studio Geometric Small (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p695/N%2AStudio%3A_Geometric_Smalls.html)
- Ann Butler Fleur de Lis (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p549/Ann_Butler%3A_Fleur_de_Lis.html)
- Lisa Walton Japanese Crest Set (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p658/Lisa_Walton%3A_Japanese_Crest_Set.html)
- Einat Kessler Woman Power (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p602/Einat_Kessler%3A_Woman_Power.html)
- Dina Wakley acrylic paint in Evergreen, Peacock, Lemon, Blushing, Medieval, Elephant (or you can use any other brand/ color that you like)
- Marabu art spray in Caribbean and Reseda
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Quote Chips (or any other sentiment that you like)
Old negative picture
Thanks so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out all the inspiration from the design team.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in being a tad intimidated with what to create on the burlap pages in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. It’s such a different substrate to use! When I was brainstorming ideas of how to use ArtFoamies, it just clicked that they would probably stamp wonderfully on that burlap. (And, spoiler alert, they do! I am excited to create with them again on a burlap page!)
In this tutorial I create a pretty simple page, full of texture, and a collection of beautiful moments. Recently in a class with Jeanne Oliver, we made journals and embroidered on the spine. I hadn’t stitched much at all since, well, probably junior high. One thing I love about learning from other artists, is taking those skills and applying them to my style. I pulled out the leftover embroidery floss from class and stitched on top of my ArtFoamie stamps. Then, added more color with scribble sticks, some splatters, and a layered tag. I imagined this to be a small collection of beautiful moments or memories of the lady in the vintage photo who I felt was saying “be you!”
An art journal is such a valuable tool for experimenting. Take some time to experiment in your art journal and capture those beautiful moments and discoveries.
Hello, Denise here!
Remember last month we made ATCoins using Art Foamies? well this month I thought it would be nice to make something to store them in. Here I am taking an empty Pringles can to use as a storage container for Artist Trading Coins.
If you haven't created these coins yet you can find the tutorial HERE!
Here's the full step by step video tutorial
Products used in this project:
Paints - colors of your choosing
Dragonfly Wing by Rebekah Meier https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p372...
Croquet by Balzer Designs
Roundabout Mandala https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p653...
Rustic by Cat Kerr https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p714...
Piece of paper, about 4"X7"
Circle Cutter or scissors will work just fine
Double sided tape
Thanks for stopping by!
Hi ArtFoamie Fans!! Lynne here with my latest ArtFoamies creation, Bag Tags.
The holidays are quickly approaching along with a holiday bazaar I am attending. So, I thought I’d get a jump on creating a few “Bag Tags”.
Now the BONUS, I had been wanting to play with my new Distress Oxides. But, I had a slight problem, I didn’t have any “green” in my stash, but I did have Distress Oxide colors Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean. I rubbed the two colors onto my craft mat, spritz them with water and voila, when combined they created a BEAUTIFUL green.
I dipped my ArtFoamies ~ Triangle Square stamp into the new color and began stamping onto a piece of Ivory Cardstock.
I LOVED the new color.
I cleaned off my kraft mat and heat set the stamped images. Then I rubbed Fired Brick ~ Distress Oxides onto my kraft mat and spritz with water
I dipped the Triangle Square ArtFoamie into the color and then stamped onto my Ivory Cardstock. JUST BEAUTIFUL!
When the ink was dry, I grabbed a tube of Mixed Media Adhesive and drew squiggles over the stamped images and sprinkled on a bit of Mica Flakes. When dry, I spritzed the entire piece of cardstock with Glimmer Mist ~ Precious Metals.
When everything was day, I cut my cardstock into squares. Then, I die cut the squares with the Carved Ornaments Die, cutting the larger ornament.
When I was finished cutting the ornaments, I gathered up the excess cut pieces parts from the smaller ornament and decided to add vintage laces to them. Then I adhered them to my large ornament. When dry, I then antiqued the edges of my new ornament with Vintage Photo ~ Distress Oxide.
To finish of my “Bag Tags” I die cut tags from Kraft Flute. I then ran Iced Spruce ~ Distress Oxide over the tags, spritzed with water. Finishing off the tags with edges inked with Vintage Photo ~ Distress Ink.
I adhered the ornaments to the tags and added Vintage lace and cording to complete the whole look!
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I’ve inspired you to get Creative!!!
Hello! Nicole here with a fun way to make-over some pumpkins for your Thanksgiving (or fall) decorations. The other day I was walking around the dollar section at Target looking not only for ideas but also for things I could potentially stamp with ArtFoamies. These pumpkins caught my eye, but I knew it would be pretty impossible to stamp on them with the ArtFoamies I have, plus they weren’t really plain enough to showcase the stamps.
Then, I thought about the cool pumpkins that artist Amanda Evanston Freund has been creating and showing on Instagram. (Search for her if you don’t already follow!) Though these pumpkins look nothing like hers, I was inspired to think outside the box and attempt to make-over the pumpkins with ArtFoamies.
I knew in order to stamp on the pumpkins, I would have to stamp on paper first and then adhere the paper to them. The paper needed to curve around the pumpkin bumps, so it needed to be thin. I was thinking through the process of paper mache and contemplated tissue paper, but then I remembered deli paper! It would be perfect because the semi-transparent nature would also allow some of the color of the pumpkins to show through.
Step One: Brayer several fall colors (I used 3: cheddar, olive, Sedona) on deli paper in all different directions. I put the colors on a palette paper first to run the brayer through. Don’t over-do it; leave some areas without the paint. Then, mix some of the colors with water and splatter the paint on the deli paper for added texture. For the splattering, I also grabbed yellow to add another layer of interest.
Step Two: Once the paint and splatters are dry, stamp all over the paper with your ArtFoamie. I chose one that was a continuous pattern. If you struggle making the pattern, it’s ok because we’re going to cut the paper into strips. To stamp, use the same process and put the colors on your palette paper. I used a combo of fuschia and copper. Then, brayer the color on the ArtFoamie. I was able to stamp 4 times before needing to reload the paint. I like how this gives added dimension with dark and light colors.
Step Three: After the stamped images are dry, cut the deli paper into strips. The ridges on my shorter pumpkin were larger, so I cut those strips 2 inches and for the taller pumpkin, I cut them 1.5 inches. It took about 2 sheets of deli paper per pumpkin. Then, paint your medium of choice (gel or matte, or even mod podge) on the back of the strip and stick it to the pumpkin. Press it into the creases and around the bumps, and don’t worry about wrinkles. Once you have the strip in place, paint your medium on the top as well. Repeat this process until you cover the pumpkin. At times I cut parts of my strips at angles so they’d look better up by the stem—just go with your intuition here. Some of the strips I also trimmed the bottoms as they were not stamped or painted as well. There were a couple spots that looked funny, so I just layered small pieces of the cut deli paper over them. The process is super forgiving.
For the taller pumpkin, I wanted to preserve the saying, so first I placed a strip on either side and then worked my way around to the back. After the pumpkin was covered, I worked on adding pieces around the saying so it would look nice. I found that cutting smaller strips and pieces along with triangles helped to form the shape.
Make sure that the pumpkin has a good coat of your medium on the outside of all the deli paper and that it is all stuck securely to the pumpkin before drying!
Step Four: When the medium was dry, I grabbed copper paint to splatter on the pumpkins and also add to the stems for highlights. I didn’t block off the saying before splattering and love how the splatters look over the “hello fall.” To finish off that area, I also painted a small stripe of copper where the deli paper meets the pumpkin.
You could also continue to embellish them by adding your own words or stamped letters or tie some leaves or a stamped tag around the stem.
I absolutely love how these turned out, and I can’t wait to use them on the center of my Thanksgiving table. Plus, now I have some other ideas brewing for future tutorials!
I hope you grab some pumpkins and give them an artsy makeover!
Hi, it’s Josefine. Welcome to a new video tutorial for ArtFoamies. For today’s project, I decided to go big – well #12 size big. The moment I saw the Possibilitarian foam stamp from Cat Kerr, I wanted to create with it and this tag had the perfect size.
I started with a bright background using N*Studio’s new hexagon shaped foam stamps and mixed that with a variety of ephemera for the focal point.
My video walks you through the process and hopefully inspires you to get creative yourself :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Cat Kerr Possibilitarian (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p715/Cat_Kerr%3A_Possibilitarian.html)
- N*Studio Maze Hex (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p648/N%2AStudio%3A_Maze_Hex.html)
- N*Studio Diamond Hex (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p647/N%2AStudio%3A_Diamond_Hex.html)
- N*Studio Space Oddity (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p659/N%2AStudio%3A_Space_Oddity.html)
- N*Studio Buenos Aires Border (https://www.artfoamies.com/store/p407/N%2AStudio%3A_Buenos_Aires_Border.html/)
- Dina Wakley acrylic paint in Ruby, Lemon, Blushing, Cheddar, Black, Buff (or you can use any other brand/ color that you like)
- Marabu art sprays in Sunshine Yellow and Flamingo
- UmWow Studio Layered Arrows chipboard
- Dina Wakley Media: #2 Collage Word Pack
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Botanical Layers
- Old paper and scraps from other projects
- #12 size mixed media tag (i.e. Dylusions)
In today’s texting and emailing world, there’s nothing like receiving a “real” letter in the mail! I love to have handmade cards at the ready to send someone a quick note or a thank you. I especially love to match the season with my cards, and I needed some fall ones to add to my collection.
After recently taking a class with Wendy Brightbill, I wanted to continue exploring high flow acrylics and Yupo paper to create some cards with my Japan Watercrest stamp from ArtFomies. These cards were quick, easy, and so much fun to make.
Step One: I sprayed water on a translucent and a medium weight sheet of Yupo paper. I wanted to experiment with both types. This process can be a bit messy, so place the Yupo on some under paper, and make sure that it’s even so the paint flows and doesn’t puddle in one spot. Then, drip fluid acrylic on the wet Yupo paper. This is a completely intuitive process and a lot of fun to play with color. As the colors flow, drip different ones around the paper and inside the other colors. If a puddle forms, you can mop it up a bit with a paper towel or wait for it to dry. As the paint dries, add additional layers of acrylic, and if needed, spray additional water to spread out the paint. Allow these pages to dry several hours. If there are spots that don’t turn out as nice as others, layer more paint! When I was happy with my layers of fluid acrylic, I splattered a couple of the colors on top with my paint brush. I allowed my pages to dry overnight before moving on to step two.
As I was layering the color, I kept in mind that these sheets would be cut into four card fronts, so I made sure I was happy with each section of the paper for a card.
Step Two: I grabbed some metallic paint and stamped with my ArtFoamies! I didn’t want the circle part to stamp, so I spread the paint with a brush on the ArtFoamies leaves and stamped it all over the paper. Once the leaves were dry, I cut the papers into my card fronts and cut fall-colored cardstock to layer with the card fronts.
Step Three: I layered my card fronts with the cardstock and assembled with adhesive. I decided to keep four of the cards plain, and on the other four cards I stamped a simple “thank you” on the bottom right corner. Since the Yupo paper is slick, I used an ink that works on a plastic/slick surface.
And that’s it! A simple process to make some gorgeous cards for fall! As I was assembling them, I noticed they almost have a marbled look. I think this would be fun to make some winter cards with snowflakes or evergreen trees.
• ArtFoamies Stamp: Japan Watercrest
• 9x12 Yupo paper (translucent and medium weight)
• Spray bottle of water
• Golden High Flow Acrylics (transparent red iron oxide, naphthol red light, quinacridone red, transparent yellow iron oxide, transparent brown iron oxide, benzimidazolone yellow medium, quinacridone magenta, sepia)
• Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint (penny, gilt)
• Cardstock in fall colors
• Paper Trimmer
• StazOn Ink Pad (timber brown)
• Stamp with “thank you”
Take some time to make some cards – and most importantly, mail them!