How to Use Styrofoam as Acrylic Printing Plates

July 26, 2019 1 min read

Before you toss that takeout container into the trash, you’re going to wash it off instead for this mixed media technique. This week’s bonus clip is from mixed media artist Sherrill Kahn’s video workshop, Acrylic Paint Pizzazz: Collage Techniques for Paper & Fabric. In it, Kahn shows you how to turn an everyday piece of styrofoam into an unlimited number of patterns and texture ready to use in your mixed media painting.

In this clip, Kahn shows you how to take your styrofoam plate and add designs freehand. You can use something as handy as a ballpoint pen. Nothing fancy needed! Then use acrylic paint to stamp your pattern onto fabric. While Kahn shows the painting technique using fabric, this same process works for adding texture to your handmade collage papers and other mixed media work. Imagine how great it would work with a gel plate! Add your own creativity and you've got unlimited mixed media options.

 

 

 

Check out more from Sherrill Kahn's instructional video workshop, Acrylic Paint Pizzazz: Collage Techniques for Paper & Fabric here

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