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I have been working on easy projects that look awesome, and won't break the budget, all based on rather difficult projects that require a lot of learning.

So here is the first in my set: Woodblock Printing.

Posted by Violinagin D. from West Monroe, Louisiana, United States • Published See Violinagin D.'s 9 projects »
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  • How to create a drawing or painting. Faux Foam Woodblock Printing - Step 1
    Step 1

    First come up with an idea you'd like to see repeated. I like doodling while watching Phelps kick some butt! At least that's my excuse for this badly done piece.

    Here is a good tutorial for getting an image you like down to just black and white: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/stencilling_tutorial

    You can do this with multiple colors, as well! Just more pieces of foam and more acrylic paint.

  • How to create a drawing or painting. Faux Foam Woodblock Printing - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gather your foam.

    I found this stuff with the sticky stuff already on the back. It wasn't that expensive ($4.75 for the brick) and was worth not having to deal with finding a foam adhesive with just enough tack.

  • How to create a drawing or painting. Faux Foam Woodblock Printing - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stick it to pieces of foam board the size your want your picture and trim down. I trimmed then stuck. You could also get a large sheet of foam board (about $5-$7) and then cut out the pieces that way.

  • How to create a drawing or painting. Faux Foam Woodblock Printing - Step 4
    Step 4

    I used black foam to help me remember that what's sticking up is going to have ink on it. I drew out the simplified design with a white pastel pencil and then cut it out with a VERY sharp exacto knife. Dull will not work. Use the knife to help peel off pieces of foam. Don't worry if some of the foam board comes off.

    Then I used a foam roller to spread my ink on evenly. You don't need a roller, but as a former printmaking student I needed it.

  • How to create a drawing or painting. Faux Foam Woodblock Printing - Step 5
    Step 5

    Test! See if you need to cut out more, or where the paint isn't going to stick as well. See where you need to press harder.

    Practice centering

  • How to create a drawing or painting. Faux Foam Woodblock Printing - Step 6
    Step 6

    Test, test, test!

  • How to create a drawing or painting. Faux Foam Woodblock Printing - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use some good paper, or have the final image ready for binding in a book! Use all forty sheets and tell a story without words! (An awesome book about story wood cuts can be found at your local Books a Million in the comic book section. I do not have it as it's about $35, but I'm so getting it!)

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Kinhime Dragon
Kinhime Dragon · Denton, Texas, US · 652 projects
I did something like this in high school, but it was never this cool!
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Marigold B.
Marigold B.
Thank you so much.
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jessicabear
jessicabear · 4 projects
that's so cool Happy
i love the background
skillzzz x
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Katherine Munro
Katherine Munro · Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA · 12 projects
Wow, thanks for this! I'm going to do this on silk! Yay!
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
THATS SO COOL! I love it. Its a giant friggin stamp Happy
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