Sponge & Brush Techniques For Stampers: Almost every stamper has some brushes and sponges. Are you getting the most out of yours? What do you know about the main types of sponges and brushes that stampers typically use? Do you know how to choose a brush or a sponge for your project? Do you know how to clean and store your brushes and sponges?
This eArticle explores the many ways stampers use sponges and brushes. We look at high density brushes (cosmetic sponges, Sponge Daubers, Stylus and Foam Tips, Ink Blending Tool & Foam Tips and Rainbow Sponges) as well as foam brushes, household & toy sponges, sea sponges and artist sponges. Brushes include artist brushes, stencil & stipple brushes and waterbrushes.
Techniques include: Coloring on a Stamp, Stamping with a Sponge, Coloring Card Edges, Inking Inside a Stamped Image, Using Sponges with Masks and Stencils, Inking and Painting Backgrounds, Coloring Raised Embossed Images, Water & Brushes, Powders & Pigments. There is a LOT in this eArticle!
UPDATED 6/10/16: This eArticle includes numerous links to external articles on the topic. I tested all of the links and updated a few that had changed as well as some small tweaking to product information and added links to a couple of VSN blog articles about cleaning brushes and acrylic paint down the drain. I also updated VSN information found in the final pages.
87 half-sized pages designed to view comfortably on your computer screen and is also printable! (pdf version. See below right.) Color photos of technique steps. 18 beautiful stamp art examples of the techniques covered.
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