I’m always on the look out for new techniques to create art and I just found the strangest one yet…using SHAVING FOAM! I discovered it over at The Male Room challenge blog and there are some handy videos showing you how to do it too. I do wonder though how it was invented. Probably some man cut himself shaving and a caring wife was beside him wiping off the blood, saw how the foam left a pretty blood splatter on the tissue and thought…hmmm this will make great art…? The end results also remind me of my “pour and smear” art I make from time to time. Anyway its going to be a long post as I show you the method and some examples of what I did.
All you need is shaving foam, a flat plastic dish, alcohol inks/food colouring/liquid paint…, a flat spatula/ruler/window wiper and lots & lots of tissue! And if you use mint shaving foam, your cards will come out smelling nice and minty too!
- First spray shaving foam in your tray, then add your inks. I added both food colouring and alcohol inks. (top left pic)
- Use a stick ( I use old wooden chopsticks) to swirl your inks around (top right pic)
- Lay a piece of card stock, glossy paper gives a nice shiny finish, on the foam and press gently down
- Remove your card by lifting it or pulling it across the foam and place it on scrap paper
- Use your ruler/window wiper/spatula to remove the foam. Using tissue to clean off any foam leftover will not disturb the ink on the paper.
- Leave to dry before use
This is what the end result looks like! Pretty isn’t it? I used it as a panel on an orange card stock and added the Sizzix butterfly which I hand coloured with my Tombow pens and painted on some gel to make it shine. I did the same with the Tim Holt’s “Celebrate” sentiment. As this card is for a boy, I added some paint splatters to make it look messy. They sparkle cause I went over the splatters with my Sakura gelly roll pen!
I was inspired by these challenges when making this card:
The Male Room – Technique – Shaving Foam. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful technique!
For the next card, I used the same foam, flattened it a little and used a Kraft card to catch the ink. The result gave a nice soft background! I stamped a rose from Stamplorations, painted it in with my water pen and the white ink left on the stamp, and outlined it with my transparent Sakura glitter gelly pen. The sentiment comes from Impressions Obsessions and it is stamped on an oval stitched die cut from Spellbinders. I added 2 drops of gel/glue to look like dew drops.
I entered this card in:
CASology – Dream
Addicted to Stamps and more – Make Your Mark
Just Us Girls – Color Week
Last card (for this post) is actually the first card I made with this technique using pinks and greens. I used the border die and sentiment from Memory Box, which was cut from the same piece of dyed paper. I mounted it all on a green card.
This card goes into:
Simon Says Wednesday – Make For the Border
Cards and More – Color combo pink and green
Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes
Before I go, here are some other cards I “painted”. Apart from the pink background ones, the others were made with the same shaving foam of my 1st two cards above. Trick is to start with light colours and add darker ones after. The brown/blue and raspberry/ green, was made after I had already used the same foam three times, so you don’t have to keep on using new foam for very card.
I also found a great video here to create some gorgeous art through stencils using shaving foam too! Hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to create with shaving foam too!
Thanks for staying through this long post and have a great week!