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Foam Print Pictures

by Jane (follow)
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Create an easy printing block and print a repeating pattern in different shades or colours to make a striking picture. Add a frame with a mount and it will look great on any wall.

You could make a sophisticated print block with a lino print kit. We made a low cost option with a foam craft sheet which gives a less crisp finish but still works very effectively.



Hand printed picture, foam print picture, pineapple picture, homemade print


Materials
Foam craft sheet
Ballpoint pen
Block of wood (we used a wood flooring sample)
PVA glue
Roller
Acrylic or screen print paint
Thick paper
Frame with mount



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Foam craft sheet makes a cheap and easy print pad


Method
Cut a shape from the foam sheet to make your basic pattern outline - for example, a square or a long rectangle.
Score a design into the foam sheet with the ballpoint pen. Even squiggles and dots give an interesting print.



Foam sheet printing


Glue the scored foam sheet onto the block.



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Foam pad glued onto block


Decide the colours you want to use and how many repeating prints can fit into your mount size. I mixed up different shades of blue and green with screen printing paint.
Apply a thin layer of paint onto the foam block with the roller. You may need to go over the scores with the ballpoint or a skewer to make sure they are clear of paint.



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Ready to print


Carefully press the block onto the paper and lift slowly.
Repeat with different colours or shades across the page to fill the mount size.
When dry, mount and frame.



Foam sheet printing
Even squiggles and dot patterns give an interesting print


Your picture is now ready to hang!

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I`ve not tried it myself, but I have read that you can use the "styrofoam" used to package some vegetables as your print pad. Free is even better than cheap, after all.
Fab idea can't wait to try this out with some of my designs Thanks CreativeLee / Lee Hirsh
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