Using Smoothfoam as a canvas for mixed media

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Did you know that Smoothfoam is a great surface for mixed media art? Recently I demoed mixed media techniques with stamps and ink pads in the Smoothfoam booth at the Craft & Hobby Association Show.

Smoothfoam birds nest mixed media art  by Jennifer PriestTo prep my 12″x12″ Smoothfoam sheets for my demo, I painted them with a single coat of acrylic craft paint. Pre-painting the Smoothfoam surface is akin to gessoing a canvas before painting it – by prepping this “canvas,” stickers adhere to the surface better and inks dry faster.

Jennifer Priest demo CHA Smoothfoam booth

I gathered my best collection of pigment ink pads, rolling stamp wheels, and patterned rubber stamps and set to creating. I printed out a few favorite images from The Graphics Fairy on to Craft Attitude (printable inkjet film) to transfer on to the finished Smoothfoam sheets. I didn’t exactly know what my final project was going to look like, but I was ready for anything!

Dress form Smoothfoam mixed media by Jennifer Priest

Here’s a video tutorial showing how I created a Valentine-themed Smoothfoam canvas, using similar techniques that I demoed at CHA.


These are the basic supplies you’ll need to get started on your own “faux canvas” project:

Imagine creating custom centerpieces for a wedding with photos of the happy couple, or a commemorative plaque for a retirement party. How about lightweight holiday and home décor that can be changed out easily each season?  What would you create?

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