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Art Journal Every Day: Scratch Foam Prints

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I've been experimenting with some ways to get color and pattern into my art journal quickly and easily.  One of those experiments involves a product called "Scratch Foam."  Essentially, it's a really thin and large sheet of styrofoam.  People often use the styrofoam trays that vegetables or meat come on as printing plates.  This is simply a packaged product that does the same thing.

Essentially, you draw on the plate with a ballpoint pen, a skewer -- something pointy -- which indents the styrofoam.  Then you ink up the plate with paint or printing ink.  The ink only goes on the raised portion of the plate.  When you press a piece of paper to the plate you get an easy peasey print!

I used a ballpoint pen to doodle into the plate and created two really cool patterns.

You can see that wherever I indented (black on the plate) is white on my print!  Both of the examples above were printed onto smooth cardstock.  The prints look a bit more distressed when printed in my art journal (which has more texture):

And in this example I've printed the two plates side-by-side using the same colors of paint:

Using the same colors of paint almost makes the two prints look like they flow together.

A very quick and easy way to add pattern and color to a blank journal spread!

Have you ever tried Scratch Foam?  What do you think?

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