Printmaking With Foam Stickers

make some easy prints with little foam pieces

foam shape prints

Raise your hand if you have a poo-load of foam shapes at your house. Maybe you bought a bunch of them for a craft to do with your kids- their bright sponginess compelling you to purchase far more than you actually needed.

Or maybe you’re a twenty-something who can’t stop hoarding craft supplies. Yep, been there.

It’s time to break out those foam shapes and/or stickers and print with them. What?! Yep, true story. I found this idea on Blick and thought it was a phenomenal way to use up foam shapes, try a new way of printmaking, and play around with symmetrical composition.

Here’s what you need: 

Mess around with the foam shapes on the canvas board until you like how they look, then glue or stick them down.

foam pieces on boards for foam printing •

This is where Beckett chose to stop. He made SEVERAL foam sticker pieces, each one more wonderful than the last, until his robot finale:

foam robot


Roll your paint with a brayer onto your palette, or – as in my case – an aluminum foil covered baking sheet. Roll paint onto the foam surface and press it face-down on the paper.

rolling paint for prints •

You can do a single print, or a repeating pattern of prints. You can use a single color of paint, or roll (or brush) different colors on to make a multi-colored print.

Printing with foam shapes •

make some easy prints with little foam pieces

And- BONUS – you can make a freaking t-shirt if you want to. Use fabric paint or acrylic paint on a washed and ironed t-shirt. You’re supposed to heat set the shirt by throwing it into the dryer for about 20 minutes before you wash it for the first time, but I think we’ve only ever done that once.

foam printed t shirt!

I am a totally lazy crafter, by the way. Oh, and when you’re finished with the printmaking, you can peel the stickers off the canvas boards and use them to make little paintings. Bye Bye.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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