Art Tapas

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #7 Cleaning Foam Stamps

Art Tapas are short videos that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate.

Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media. (Find the previous Art Tapas here)

Today’s Art Tapas is about Cleaning Foam Stamps

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #7 Cleaning Foam Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this little bite –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know below in the comment section and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on!

Below are some of the tools and supplies I mention in the video- some are affiliate links:


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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    I haven’t washed my foamies in the past but found that when I switch from acrylic to the ink pad my print is very light. I will definitely try the Murphy Oil Soap to clean them and hopefully will get better results. Thanks for the info – love your art tapas.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you JoAnn! I would assume that the ink will always give a slight light imprint because the foam is just a bit more light -but that is something that works really well to your advantage if you are up for layering.

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  • Kathy Adams

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    I use Murphy’s on my brushes when they get really bad. Thanks for the tip, since I never thought to use them on my stamps. I am sure it would work for rubber stamps as well. Question: did you use it full strength or diluted with water?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Kathy, I diluted it a bit with water- but not much. I was really a bit worried about getting the oil out of the foam later – so I wanted to make sure this is not going to be the super gooey stuff :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I have Murphy’s soap at home and use it on my floors. I never would have thought of using it on my foam stamps.
    I will have to try it. Usually I use a baby wipe to get the paint off and then rinse for a long time in the kitchen sink.
    I will try your method next time I use paint and my foam stamps.
    Thanks for your creative insight Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Sue! This is really only when you have totally dried up layers of paint on your foam stamp – I think I would not use it on a regular basis.

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  • Rae Missigman

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    I love that you figured this out! So so cool that there is a solution for our foam stamps. I am really really bad about being in a groove and not getting up to go to the sink! EEK! I do employ the baby wipe method as you mentioned, but this is going to be a game changer. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      <3 Thank you Rae! I know it is hard sometimes to keep up with cleaning the stuff - I am too :)

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #6 Go-To Brushes

Art Tapas are short videos that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate.

Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

Today’s Art Tapas is about my Go-To Brushes

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #6 Go-To Brushes from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this little bite –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on ?

 

 

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  • Kathy Adams

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    Glad you had the brush “talk” with us! Will never think of a filburt the same way! LOL!

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  • Joi @RR

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    You are such a DELIGHT. I love watching you every time. Great info on the brushes for sure. Thanks bunches Nat. Have a safe and happy holiday. xxj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe Joi- you always write the sweetest things!!! Thank you- hope you had a wonderful holiday as well! Nat

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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    Thank you – I always love your tutorials – love everything you do!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you so much JoAnn – I am so glad yo liked it!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #5 Fat Over Lean

Art Tapas are short videos (1- 3 mins) that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate. Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

Fat Over Lean Rule

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #5 Fat over Lean from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this Art Tapa –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on :)

Happy Creating !

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  • Kasia Krzyminska

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    Love all of your Art Tapas Nathalie. Everything seems so easy with your explanation. Can’t wait for the next one :)

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  • anisey

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    Hi Nathalie,
    First, I love your work. To further comment on this fat over lean thing, It really does apply mostly if not exclusively to the use of oil media. Oil takes much longer to dry and cure. It tends to float over, until the surrounding elements allow the oil to settle and dry. Any media that prevents the drying process will only make the oil float on the top layer for a longer time. Like humidity. Oil and water don’t mix, because oil will always float to the surface. That’s why we always apply any acrylic or inks before the oil paint layer. Oil always goes last. Thanks again for a great post!

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  • Gunvor

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    Another great tapa – Thanks you! I really love them and am so greatful that you share your knowledge this way. Plus now I know why my alcohol ink pen was ruined …

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad that helps Gunvor – sorry about your alcohol ink pen – maybe you can buy a replacement nib. Some companies offer those – that way you won’t have to buy a new pen!

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  • Rebecca Buchanan

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    Another great tapa–thanks so much. This was all new info for me. Thank you for being so generous!!!

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  • Kathy P

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    Great tips again today, Nat. Although I could not get this video to load….it kept stopping and stopping! But I hung in to the end! TFS!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thanks Kathy. This is a problem that has to do with your connection at that time. You need to outwait the buffering of the video – indicated by the grey bar in the video. Best way is to hit play and then stop right away and wait until the entire video is buffered- that way you can play it without the stops in between. Sorry it was a chunky day :(

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #4 Watercolor Storage

Art Tapas are short videos (1- 3 mins) that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate. Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

Watercolor Storage

Art Tapas Watercolor Storage from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this art tapa which was brought to you with the help of my awesome watercolor artist friend Mario Robinson. Check his website out -and if you love watercolor – his classes. He is not only an amazing artist, he is also super cool and fun and a great teacher! If you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on :)

Happy Creating !

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  • Crystal

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    I had older watercolor tubes of paint, so I thought to use them, squeeze them all out neatly in a large pallet I have. Well within a couple of months, they got moldy. Not every color, but most of them. I even had the pallet cover over it never ever thinking they would mold. So I spent an hour washing out the whole pallet.

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #3 Brush Care

Art Tapas are short videos (1- 3 mins) that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate. Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

Brush Care Tip No. 1

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #3 Brush from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this Art Tapa –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on :)

Happy Creating !

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  • Sabine Schneider

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    Great tip!!!! Love it.
    Und vierundzwanzig Stunden sind echt kurz…. Seufz. Bei mir oft viel länger! Aber Pssst!
    Liebe Grüße, Sabine

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  • Rebecca Buchanan

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    Okay this is such a great tip! It never occurred to me (duh), so thank you Nathalie!!! Also, love your title for this series “Art Tapas”–thanks so much for sharing.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Rebecca- glad you like the title too :)

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  • Gill K

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    This was really helpful. I did not realise the need to keep the join of ferrule & handle dry, so many thanks.

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  • Laura Weed

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    Thanks, Nathalie… your Art Tapas are great advice!!

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  • annettia

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    Short and to the point. I really enjoyed this concept. Thanks for the tip on brushes.

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #2 Labeling

Art Tapas are short videos (1- 3 mins) that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate. Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

Labeling of Acrylic paints

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #2 Labeling from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this Art Tapa –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on :)

Happy Creating !

 

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  • Gunvor

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    Great tip Nathalie! Thanks!

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  • Kathy P

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    Great labeling tip, Nat! And I’m so happy to read that I am not the only messy painter!

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  • Linda on the Prairie

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    What an excellent idea! And my mess just goes on up my arms when I’m painting. Still trying to figure out how I got paint on the back of my knees last week!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- I hear you on the mess ;) I have probably not one single piece of clothing that does not have a spot of paint on it ..the paint on the back of the knees though, I still have to accomplish ;)

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #1 Storage

I am starting a new Web-Video-Series called – Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist.

Art Tapas are short videos (1- 3 mins) that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate. Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

But without further ado – here is your first Art Tapas

How do you store your acrylic paints? For some this might be obvious but, let’s talk about it, shall we? :)

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #1 Storage from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this Art Tapa –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on :)

Happy Creating !

Comments (10)

  • Lisa Flaherty

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    Love this concept of “Art Tapas”, Nat! Great tip! As artists we can appreciate form over function, but if our supplies cannot function we cannot create the form! ;)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Lisa – yes – agreed – no form without function – great thinking!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Hehehehh – you left me laughing Nat with your clean and simple ending – you are such a delight. This was so interesting. I had no idea sunlight would dry up paints. Mine are fine but hubby has his setting right in front of a huge window… dear me. Wait until I show him your video!!!! Thanks bunches. j.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- Joi – hope this is not causing a mayor uproar at home ;) Have a gorgeous weekend!Nat

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  • Gunvor

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    Love the formate! And a great first tip. I don’t have a craft room or craft space so I store everything – including the acrylic paints – in my walk in craft storage. Never had a problem with paints drying up before they’re used up.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Perfect storage Gunvor! A walk in craft storage …that sounds like a dream :)

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  • Caroline Leplat

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    Hi Nat,
    This is a great concept! Love it. It’s a great first tip.

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  • Kathy P

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    Clean and simple for sure, Nat! And a great tip. I also found this out the hard way, and since storing my paints in an opaque plastic storage tub kept INSIDE my closet, no more dried up paints! Can’t wait to see what other tips you will have for us—-thank you for taking the time to share with us!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Kathy! That is a great idea too to store them in plastic tubs in a closet- that way you can get the whole thing out when painting. Have a wonderful day!

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