Saturday, November 22, 2008

Faux Chipboard Technique

This technique is from Bernie Berlin’s book Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap. I love it because you can always find the fun foam shapes on clearance for really cheap. This works great to alter pages in the children hard page books.

Page Spread
Fun Foam Shape (I used self adhesive)
Foam Paint Brush
Background Rubber Stamp
Acrylic Paints (black, light color and dark color)
Bristle Paint Brush

1. Seal the page with a coat of gesso. Let dry.
2. Apply fun foam shapes. I cut some in half to apply along the edge.
3. Using foam paint brush paint over the foam shapes. Make sure to cover the edges of the shapes. Let dry. Apply a second coat if needed. Let dry.
4. Paint over with acrylic paint in a light color. I used light pink. Let dry.
5. Dry brush the darker color over the lighter color allowing some of the lighter color to show through. I used a fuchsia color. Let dry.

6. Apply black acrylic paint on the background stamp. Lightly stamp only on the foam shapes to give them some depth. Let dry.
7. Decorate the page.


Bernie Berlin said...

LOVE what you have done!!! Just Beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Melissa - this is fabulous, I can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting the pics! Hugs.