Chunky art


After seeing lots of wood chunky art online, I thought a Smoothfoam block might be easier to work with…and it was. Smoothfoam can be substituted in lots of wood crafts and it can be easily cut and shaped with a regular serrated kitchen knife – no woodworking tools required! So I’ve created this chunky art for my living room, using a nature theme in colors to complement my own home decor.

Chunky art with Smoothfoam by Beth Watson



Smoothfoam block – 2″ x 4″ x 8″
Cardstock, die-cuts and vellum – K&Company: Brenda Walton’s Flora & Fauna
Americana Paints – Hauser Light Green and Chocolate Brown
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad – Tea Dye
Stickles glitter glue – Crystal
Tim Holtz idea-ology Tissue Tape – Nostalgic
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Wooden spool, silver bobbin
Embroidery floss (one skein), seam binding, tassel
Ruler, pencil, scissors, paintbrush
Sandpaper – fine grit
Heat cutting tool or serrated knife
Silver brad, adhesive pearls, vintage buttons
Plastic bird egg


1.  Cut the Smoothfoam block to 4-1/2″ long and sand the edges so they’re rounded and a bit distressed. Paint all sides with brown and let dry.

2.  Thin some more brown paint with a little water and paint the spool and bobbin. After they’re dry, use a dry brush technique to highlight the spool and bobbin with a little green paint and let dry.

3.  Tear  a piece of blue patterned paper to 2-1/2″ by 4″ and tear a butterfly journal card to 2-1/2″ by 3 1/2″.  Color the edges of both pieces with the distress ink pad. When the ink is dry,  brush some Multi-Medium to collage the papers to the front of the block.

4.  Tear smaller sections of the journal card, ink the edges and adhere to the sides of the block. Collage the bird, leaf and egg die-cuts to block as desired and let dry. Randomly apply tissue tape to all sides of chunky, tearing the ends.

5.  Wrap a torn piece of tissue tape around the center of bobbin and glue it to the top of the chunky. Loop a tassel over the bobbin and glue the egg on top. Tie the seam binding in a bow and glue to the bobbin.

6.  Adhere a black pearl for the bird’s eye, add amber pearls and buttons to embellish the chunky as desired. Highlight the bird and butterfly with Stickles glitter glue and let dry.

7.  Wrap the embroidery floss around the center of the spool and secure the end with glue. Insert a brad through the clock die-cut and glue to front of spool, let dry. Glue the spool to the bottom of the chunky as a stand

Smoothfoam chunky art by Beth Watson

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