Using Irresistible Pico Embellisher for your Mixed Media Art Projects

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This article was written by Melanie Statnick

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

I really enjoy working with a new product. When I saw the Imagine Craft irresistible Pico embellisher I wasn’t sure what to expect with its precise tip applicator and the needle that inserts into it. It was foreign and I wanted to try it.

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

As a visual artist I could see numerous ways to add this texture into art pieces. I love to add details into my art and the Pico embellisher tip is perfect for this. On a piece of Bristol paper I drew up a doodle and gave it a go.

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

There is allowance for control with the tip the embellisher has, making lines and dots thick or thin depending on the pressure of how you squeeze. I did notice that the embellisher will suck some air creating bubbles on the next release.

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

I dabbed the bubble with a napkin and it broke leaving a ring. Another time I wiped it away and it left a mess. Please take care cleaning up any bubbles that may happen. This could have been something that happens with a first time user. I also wanted to try the embellisher freehand. I think it gives the drawing a needle point look.

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

Irresistible Pico Embellisher

Overall I think the irresistible Pico embellisher by imagine craft is an excellent tool for texture and more. With the verity of colors who know what your imagination will create.

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Author bio: Melanie Statnick is a published artist/writer out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style is happy and whimsy. Statnick’s artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. Learn more about Melanie view her website at: www.melaniestatnickart.com

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Disclosure: These products have been provided by Imagine Crafts  for the purpose of review. All opinions are that of the MixedMediaArt team.

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Handmade Foam Stamps & Printing Plates

This article was written by Martice Smith II

Handmade Foam Stamps & Printing Plates

 

Handmade Foam Stamps & Printing Plates, tutorial by artist Martice Smith II

Supplies to gather:

  • cardstock or cardboard
  • dried baby wipes or paper towel
  • craft foam (with adhesive backing)
  • glazing medium (DecoArt)
  • heavy-bodied acrylics
  • foam brush
  • brayer
  • scissors
  • IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher (optional)

Handmade printing plate by artist Martice Smith II. Tutorial: 'Handmade Foam Stamps & Printing Plates'

1. Create a printing plate with craft foam.

Cut shapes out of the foam, peel off the paper backing and adhere them to a piece of cardboard (or cardstock) to make a printing plate.

Handmade printing plate, with circles and paint by artist Martice Smith II. Tutorial: 'Handmade Foam Stamps & Printing Plates'

2. Add paint to the printing plate with foam brush.

Baby wipe printed with handmade foam printing plates'. Handmade printing plate on cardstock by artist Martice Smith II.

3. Stamp onto dry baby wipe.

Repeat the design by rotating your printing plate.

Use a brayer for a crisp impression onto the surface. Let dry for one minute.

4. Apply a glaze over the paint. 

Mix one part glazing medium to one part of the heavy-bodied acrylic color of your choice. (I applied DecoArt’s Banana Cream -Yellow, mixed with DecoArt’s Glazing Medium

Dip brush into water and then into the glazing mixture.

Apply a generous wash over a section of the baby wipe, using a clean foam brush.

There are many benefits of using acrylic glazes as you build up layers and texture on delicate surfaces. This method is great because it offers a very graphic way of featuring a stamp’s design. Layers of visual texture can be achieved without the bulk and concern of ruining a delicate surface.

Glazing medium allows you to work with the acrylic paint longer and creates layers that are slightly translucent. Although the glazing medium changes the paint color slightly, it’s very cool to see how the paints interact! Experiment with different colors to find your favorite color combos.

Adding paint to handmade stamp; painting dots with handle end of paintbrush; Tutorial: 'Handmade Foam Stamps & Printing Plates'

5. Add paint to another stamp. 

Using a foam brush, apply a mixture of one part glazing medium and another color of paint.

Stamp onto the paper, repeating the image a few times.

Try this! Use the handle end of a paintbrush to add dots, in varying sizes.

Adding paint onto handmade triangle stamp; stamping randomly onto baby wipe.

6. Add another stamp design.

Mix up a new color with more glaze, apply the mixture with a foam brush and press the stamp onto the painted baby wipe.

Continue layering the background with overstamping to get a look you like.

Try this! For dimensional texture, outline a few of the shapes with an IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko).

Happy stamping! Be sure to share a link to your creation, down in the comment section!

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Photo of artist Martice Smith II

Martice Smith II is creative director of Martice Smith II – Illustration & Design Studio, based in Missouri and owner of Uneek Art Boutique. She established herself as a freelance Illustrator and graphic designer after receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Specializing in mixed-media illustrations, Martice’s love for fashion, typography and wildlife are infused with a combination of traditional and digital art techniques.

Be sure to join the Uneek Art Letter, -Martice’s monthly newsletter- that offers art biz tips, advice and more digital goodness that will keep you inspired to be the artist you envision yourself to be!

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Playing with the Irresistible Pico Embellisher

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This article was written by Melanie Statnick

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

I really enjoy working with a new product. When I saw the Imagine Craft irresistible Pico embellisher I wasn’t sure what to expect with its precise tip applicator and the needle that inserts into it. It was foreign and I wanted to try it.

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

As a visual artist I could see numerous ways to add this texture into art pieces. I love to add details into my art and the Pico embellisher tip is perfect for this. On a piece of Bristol paper I drew up a doodle and gave it a go.

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

There is allowance for control with the tip the embellisher has, making lines and dots thick or thin depending on the pressure of how you squeeze. I did notice that the embellisher will suck some air creating bubbles on the next release.

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

I dabbed the bubble with a napkin and it broke leaving a ring. Another time I wiped it away and it left a mess. Please take care cleaning up any bubbles that may happen. This could have been something that happens with a first time user. I also wanted to try the embellisher freehand. I think it gives the drawing a needle point look.

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

using Pico embellisher in mixed media art and on cards

Overall I think the irresistible Pico embellisher by imagine craft is an excellent tool for texture and more. With the verity of colors who know what your imagination will create.

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Author bio: Melanie Statnick is a published artist/writer out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style is happy and whimsy. Statnick’s artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. Learn more about Melanie view her website at: www.melaniestatnickart.com

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Disclosure: These products have been provided by Imagine Crafts  for the purpose of review. All opinions are that of the MixedMediaArt team.
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