Explore Your Creative Side With Foam Board! Learn How to Use it for Your Work of Art

Owing to its favorable properties, such as its light weight, sturdiness, and versatility, foam board is considered one of the most preferred materials for both commercial and non-commercial uses. This substrate features high-durability and is very convenient to work with. Based on your project needs, accomplishing tasks, such as writing or drawing can be easily carried out with minimal effort. 

Foam board, also known as foam core, is extensively used for a variety of purposes, including mounting, displaying, artwork and craft projects, packaging, and die cutting. Here are a few steps on how to use foam board for your work of art so you can get a neat and flawless project every time:

Choose the right foam board

The increasing use of foam board as a backing material has led to the emergence of a wide variety of foam boards that fit your requirements. The thicker the foam board, the more durable it is and it can withstand more handling. A thinner board is suitable for projects that you don’t plan to transport from one place to another. Also, if you plan to secure your work of art in a frame, then thinner foam board can be used, because the frame will provide the required protection and will also add elegance to your work of art.

Cutting the material into the desired size

Once you have purchased the right foam board for your project, the next step is to cut the material into the desired shape and size. When cutting foam board and its substrates, you need to use the right cutting tools that will ensure a neat project. With the help of a straight edge, such as a metal ruler, and a very sharp craft knife, you can cut the material into any desired size. However, always make sure not to use a dull blade, as it will cause the foam core to have a torn or chewed-looking edge, which will not give a good appearance to your project.

Apply Paint

Always remember that foam board does not need to be primed. Water-based paints work best with foam board and its substrates. Try not to add too much water to the paint as it might get too wet and the outer layer of the material may not be able to handle it. Next, add a matte or gloss medium to make the paint slightly thinner, and then permit each layer to dry before applying the next layer. Using this practice will help you get a smooth finish.  Do not over saturate the foam board as too much moisture can cause the face sheet to delaminate from the foam center.

Once your project is finished, the next step is to decide on how to decorate your space with your created artwork. Foam board is an easy to use, lightweight yet sturdy, and durable material that can be used in a variety of applications.

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