Blog: ArtFoamies

Reveal Less – Art Journal

The less you reveal the more people can wonder :)

I wanted to try how it looks when I use the mini Beacon Foam Stamp from the Mini Tile Set and the normal sized Beacon Foam Stampon top of each other – and I am in Love :)

I like it :)

You can get your own stamps in my store and explore even more possibilities with them:


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  • Jill Adamy

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    What a cool idea! I love using stamps like this… and trying to make my own! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration!

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Better Person – Art Journal

I truly am a better person in summer :) 100%

For this spread I had fun using my new Mini Hex Set. It is soooo cute …in summer, fall,  winter …you get the picture ;)

What I love about foam stamps is that you can use them with acrylic paint and furthermore- depending on what paint you use, the texture you can create with them.

I used all the stamps in the set – but of course you can also make awesome pattern with just using one of them repeatedly.

What is your favorite season?

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Hands down it’s fall!
    I also like foam stamps for using paint in my art journal and canvas.

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Raiders of the Lost Stash – Tania Ahmed

  

Hello and welcome to a new theme from the Creative Squad! Today we have Tania Ahmed with us to share an adorable project with us using a mini birdhouse bank she had tucked away in her stash. She is also using my Clam Hex and Exchange Place foam stamps and this month’s theme: Raiders of the Lost Stash – It’s time to raid your stash of art making stuff. Pick a few things you’ve tucked away for later and use them NOW. Maybe you have some leftover scraps or deli papers that you couldn’t bear to part with. Maybe you’ve squirreled away a new product that you’ve been meaning to try. The time is now! Raid your stash and try it :)


This month we were challenged to use some of the newer ArtFoamies and some of the earlier releases! We were also encouraged to dig things out of our stash that we had been hoarding. So I fished out a birdhouse that I had been saving to alter.

I started by painting the birdhouse with white acrylic paint.

Luckily for me, the Exchange Place ArtFoamie stamp fit perfectly under the roof of the bird house! I brayered Opera Rose paint on to the stamp to get an even coating and stamped all the sides of the bird house.

I then stamped the Clam Hex ArtFoamie on the roof.

After drying the paint I inked all the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

To finish the project I added some metal trinkets I had in my supplies and added word sticker.

Thank you very much for popping by and reading my post!


Thank you Tania! I love that cute little birdhouse bank – looks like the perfect place to collect some cash for funding future dreams :) In addition to her wood birdhouse bank, here are some of the supplies that Tania used:



Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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  • Jean Goza

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    Tania, love the birdhouse! The theme of Raiders of the Lost Stash is well timed. I have been digging through my stash and amazed at what I am finding! Time to get to work. ;-)

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Empowering Art Journal Spread

It’s so empowering to say “this isn’t serving me” and walk away…as long as you are not a meany about it.

Ha- LOL- this spread is all over the place …but it was fun to play around. I also used my new Amsterdam Foam Stamps – small and big :)

This spread started as a demo page in one of my workshops and I think the lady sketched in green just didn’t really do it for me …but heck …you know ….it is not always about a masterpiece it is also about just trying things and playing. And I also think it is about being kind to yourself – why beating yourself up for something that is supposed to be fun and loose and bring you joy.

Alas: I do love the color combination and the background with the houses and the Amsterdam pattern. There…much better ;)

Here are the supplies I used besides acrylic paints


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Nat’s Foam Stamp Pattern Book – Video

Remember those big giant wall paper pattern books you could look at tapestry and wall paper stores? Maybe you still can – it has been a while since I was in a wall paper store …but one morning I woke up and thought- WHY did I not think earlier of making one with my foam stamps …and there you go – here it is :)

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Nat s Foam Stamps Pattern Book from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

It was fun to make and I love having a book that I can bring along to my workshops to show how you can create different patterns with my designs . They are mostly available in my shop – here they are in the order of appearance in the video


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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    Wonderful – so much fun!!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I use to love those wallpaper books and even had a bunch of them many years ago when a store was getting rid of them near me.
    This really shows how the patterns look when you design a whole page with your stamps and foamies. Love love this idea Nat.

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  • Martha Christopher

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    Love this so much! I’m working on collecting all of your stamps especially your newest releases! Absolutely love them!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe thank you so much Martha – so glad you like them :)

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Thinking too much – Artjournal

“I think …I think too much….” – No seriously- LOL.

Played with my new Diamond Hex Foam Stamp –

love how this turned out with the light color on the dark background.

actually I am pleased with the hole color combo – it just kind of came together and I played with different green tones as well when I painted the lady and the table – and then I loved how it popped off the page :)

Here are some of the supplies other than acrylic paint that I used:


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NEW Rubber Stamps and Mini Foam Stamps!!!

Are you ready for some new releases and samples? – There is a lot fun stuff in this post -but first- the designs :)

This new RubberMoon cling rubber stamp set includes 6 large circular stamps along with one ornament topper stamp. Circle stamps measure approx. 3″x3″.

AND …we have those in a smaller size as well  with the circle stamps measuring approx.1″x1″ :)

But wait there is more …we also have some new Mini ArtFoamies Sets in the house. A Mini Hex Set with all of my four hexagon stamps in sizes which are between 2.125″x2.5″ and 2.5″x2.75″.

And a Mini Tile Set– with sizes between 2.25″x2.25″ and 2.875″x2.875″.

Let me show you some samples our Creative Squad and I made with the new RubberMoon Stamps :)

So the fun thing I added to the Circle Jumble Sets is a little topper which gives you the possibility to turn the circles into ornaments or use the topper as a fun little stamp for borders and patterns.

Here I created some super simple Holiday Cards with the Large Circle Jumble Set.

Jennifer created this super cute stained glass ornament using the Broadway Circle and the Topper from the Large Circle Jumble Set as well.

In this art journal spread I am using the Large Circle Jumble Set set as well as the Small Circle Jumble Set with embossing powders.

Maura used the Small Circle Jumble Set  for this pretty holiday card and added some pretty writing with a gold pen to “hang them” .

For this mix of cards I used both sets- for the left and middle one creating borders with the topper but also mixing up both sets once again.

For the cards above I played around with both sets and created a cohesive note card sets, which I can use for various occasions.

Tania created this gorgeous Small Circle Jumble card overlaying the circles in different colors.

Josefine made a bunch of cards mixing up both the Large and Small Circle Jumble sets for some added dimension.

For the art journal spread above i played with both sets and made some Mandalas. I could have colored them in as well -but I loved the black and white look at the moment more :)

And Kae Pea the owner of RubberMoon made this gorgeous Bohemian Star on a canvas!

Let’s show some samples with the new ArtFoamies Mini Sets

The Mini Hex Set is just super adorable!!! You can mix it with the regular sized Hexes as well.

Here is an art journal page where I just used all of them- but of course you can use them individually to create patterns- just like their big sisters :)

And some cards with the new Mini Tile Set.

Which of the new stamps makes you the most excited? Any favorites?

Pick up the new stamps here:


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  • Maxi Moon

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    LOVE how your team used these! They are so versatile and creative!!

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  • stephanie

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    ohhh the possibilities. Can’t wait to get these!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank Stephanie , yeah they are really crazy versatile :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love Maura’s card with the words as strings for the ornaments!
    What versatile sets.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I love Maura’s handwriting as a string for the ornaments too – so clever and beautiful :)

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New Art Foamies Stamp June 2018 Release!

I am so excited about my new ArtFoamies Foam Stamps. They can be used with acrylic paint, ink and other paint media on paper, canvas, wood and other surfaces. Are you ready for some samples?

Let’s start with my new Hexagon shapes.

Clam Hex – This stamp is inspired by the simple beauty of a clam shell. With the versatile hex shape you can tile it up in a bunch of different ways, depending on how you orient the markings, and create different fields of pattern. Backgrounds, layers, focal points and more are possible.

Here is an art journal page using the Clam Hex alternating the direction of the stamp up and down.

The many possibilities of this stamp actually makes my head spin- I will go into details about those in the next couple weeks for sure :)

Space Oddity is inspired by none other than the amazingly talented David Bowie and the utterly unique and otherworldly places he transported us to through his music, style, and many personae. Look deep into this hex shaped design and begin your own creative journey. Designed with radial symmetry, you can tile this baby up and create an entire field of op art hex shapes. Backgrounds, layers, focal points and more are your destiny.

Here is an art journal spread with this puppy :)

This stamp makes me so happy :)

Maze Hex – This hex style foam stamp has a radial design that can be interpreted in so many ways.

Maybe you see a flower in its design? Maybe the winding pathways of a maze? How about the motion of a spinning piece of machinery?

Your choice ;) Use the Maze Hex on its own as a hypnotic focal point or tile it up to create a field of flowers background.

Diamond Hex– This stamp is inspired by the geometry of a faceted stone.

You can create fields of interesting patterns by repeating this pared down and modern interpretation.

Rotating the design as you go will give you additional variations to the field. Backgrounds, layers, focal points – yes, yes, and yes! Remember: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” LOL

did I get you hooked on those hexagon stamps yet?

But wait there is more ;)

Beacon Positive and Negative – set with two stamps, inspired by the gorgeous Art Deco era buildings known as The Beacon in Jersey City.  These towers sit on a hilltop not far from where I live, and can be seen from miles around in the night sky.

Just as a beacon guides travelers on their way and provides safe passage to ships in the night, these stamps offers a radial, starburst style design to call attention to your art, mixed media projects, and art journal pages.

Use the positive and negative stamps as single designs or together for a unique layering effect.

Weave – was inspired by the simple, visual rhythm of woven fabric.

The repeating design is great for stamping multiple times to create continuous patterned backgrounds. Where? In your artwork, mixed media projects, block printing, art journal, fabric and textile projects, on your gelli plate, and wherever you CREATE!

I love it, simple yet pretty cool.

Antique Tile – was inspired by the beautiful wrought iron balconies, gates, and fences known as “Iron Lace” in and around the city of New Orleans.

Add a bit of Antique Victorian style, old world Spanish tradition, or French Creole flair with this pattern.

The ornate design of this one is perfect for layering or creating intricate backgrounds in your artwork, mixed media projects, block printing, in your art journal, etc.

And last but not least…

Amsterdam – was inspired by the beautiful and progressive city of Amsterdam.

Traveling to Amsterdam I always enjoy the lush markets overflowing with bundles of tulips and flowers, and the old and new architectural styles living side-by-side.

and that is it for now :) All of the designs are in the store now and ready to be shipped out :)


But… WAIT …..WAIT…..

Do you want to win the new stamps? I am giving away to one lucky winner a nice package of ALL the new stamps!

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to our winner Nancy Faulls!!!

Here is how you can win:

  1. Comment on this blog post which of the new stamps is your favorite.  You can can actually get another entry if you
  2. join me at my Facebook Live event today starting at 4pm EST here and share the recorded video afterwards with your Facebook Followers.

I am very happy to announce that the winner of my new foam stamps is Nancy Faulls! She will receive the full set of my 8 new designs to use in her creative projects. We’d also like to say a BIG thank you to EVERYONE who tuned into the Facebook Live event yesterday to join the fun Kaffeeklatsch we had and all those who shared that video. We also send a BIG thank you to everyone who read the blog post announcing the new stamps and who made such nice comments on there. Half of the fun of these new product reveals is getting to share my excitement for the new designs with you and hopefully inspiring you to try your own style of using them in your artmaking. You guys rock!

 

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  • Glenda

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    Oh my gosh, all of the designs are wonderful but my absolute favorites are Antique Tile and the Weave. Cutting the weave up is so intriguing. Thanks for all you do

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All Shapes and Sizes – Jennifer Gallagher

  

Happy Tuesday from the Creative Squad! Today we have a post from Jennifer Gallagher that will definitely inspire you to up your summer entertaining game! Jennifer brings us some awesome stamped and embroidered napkins using my Valley Road and Mini Batik Pattern 1 foam stamps, and inspired by this month’s theme: All Shapes and Sizes – Circles and squares, big and small, let’s mix it up and play with different shapes and sizes this month. Just because things are different doesn’t mean they can’t look great together!


This month we are celebrating all shapes and sizes. I am a firm believer that mixing shapes and patterns leads us to the most interesting design. With that in mind, I am making a fun set of stamped and embroidered napkins that mix some of my favorite n*Studio ArtFoamies. Although I am using different shapes and designs, you will find they compliment each other quite well.

I started with a package of four white 100% cotton dinner napkins designed for embroidery. Make sure to prewash these types of items to remove the sizing. After washing and drying them, I gave them a quick steam to knock out the majority of the wrinkles. I then laid a large piece of cardboard under the area I would be stamping to prevent the paint from soaking through to the layers underneath.

I didn’t have any textile paint on hand, but I did have some textile medium. I mixed up my paint with the medium according to the directions. This product turns your regular acrylic paint into fabric paint. I settled on a bright and cheerful yellow.

Next, I dipped my ArtFoamie onto the paint. It is important not to overload your stamp with too much paint. ArtFoamies are very high quality stamps and will hold the paint and leave a wonderful impression. There is no need to load too much paint as it will seep into the negative spaces of your stamp and leak out once pressed down. I am stamping with Nat’s Mini Batik Pattern 1 stamp and the Valley Road stamps.

Once the paint dried, I placed my napkin into a four inch embroidery hoop. After choosing a handful of colors to embroider with, I began some basic stitching. You don’t need to be an embroidery whiz to add some basic stitches to your napkins. There is a wealth of free information online about embroidery. If you have never tried it before just do a quick google search.

Each napkin has a variety of stitches and colors used. You can customize your own set by varying the n*studio artfoamies you use and the colors you coordinate.

These fun napkins are perfect for a summer picnic. I hope I have inspired you to stamp and embroider your own items. Be sure to share with us what you create! Enjoy.


Thank you Jennifer – these napkins made me so happy. What a cheery and fun project! Here are some of the supplies that Jennifer used:




And if you feel inspired to share some of your own projects with my stamps and stencils, please send them my way. I post projects almost every month in my Inspiration From Around the Globe posts!

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