Hone your Craftsmanship Capabilities with Foam Boards

When we see our school going kids explore their creativity with their projects or visit a fine arts exhibition, it normally gives us the inspiration to create something similar and manifest our own creativity too. However, we do not end up doing so because of the laborious task of cutting through hard boards and patience required to wait and see the pieces come together. Here is what we are bringing to you to help you revive your juvenile instincts and feel proud of yourself! 

Yes. We are talking about foamboard, introducing to you a sturdy yet light weight material that will make all your craft related projects seem like a cake walk. Foam core or foam board is a material created by using two thick pieces of paper laminated on a core made of foam. The boards are easily available in the market in a range of sizes and thicknesses, with different finishes for different uses. Foam core is an easily transportable art and crafts material due to its sturdy yet lightweight characteristics. The board can be used in a variety of applications and is an effective surface for painting.

Foam boards can be cut and glued easily. This is why writing and drawing on them seems so convenient to most people. The fact that they resist warping and are easy to cut makes them a first choice of craftsmen as well as commercial users. Also, utilizing other materials for the same purposes would cost significantly more than what foam boards cost.

Here is how you can prepare for your art project, if you haven’t done so earlier. Certain things you will need to keep ready while starting off are foamboard, craft knife, straight edge, gesso and a pencil. You can apply paint to your piece of foamboard by using the below mentioned guidelines.

  • Select a foam board based on how you wish to create your painting. Thicker foam board is more durable and can withstand rough handling. This is also what makes it a suitable material to be used on walls. A thinner board might be suitable if you do not plan to transport or handle the painting, or if you plan to secure it in a frame. As frames will provide protection to your art work on all sides, using them will be ideal and will also add grace to the painted piece.  It is best to use a matte finish form board to ensure that the paint sticks properly to the surface.  Any substrate you choose should be tested first with the paint you intend to use.  Some boards require water based paints and some solvent based.  In general paper faced foamboard should use a water based paint.  Do not over saturate the face as it can permeate the paper face and cause the paper to delaminate form the foam center.
  •  The next step is that you cut it to the desired size using a straight edge such as a metal ruler, and a very sharp craft knife. Ensure that you do not use a dull blade as it will cause the foam core to have a torn or chewed-looking edge, taking away the grace from your final product.  
  •  The last thing in the series is to apply paint in the pencil outlines. Avoid adding a lot of water to the paint as it might get too wet for the outer layer of the foam board. Add matte or gloss medium to thin the paint as needed and then, permit each layer to dry off before applying the next layer.

After you have successfully performed these steps, give your artwork the required time to dry off. Once it does, you will be amazed to see the stunning outcome you were able to create and show off to yourself and others. Frame your artwork, display it on a suitable wall in your house, and feel proud of yourself!

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