Sunday, 17 November 2019

2019 #18 Shaving Foam: Countdown to Christmas with ESN {by Miriam Grazier}

2019 Topic 18: Shaving Foam

We are into the new frosty colours tonight from Miriam. She has partnered them with a lovely silver embossing powder and Sara Naumann's Christmas stamps, and made a practical gift in the process! Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a project that I have created using the fabulous shaving foam technique.

This technique never creates the same effect twice, which I love.  I get really excited, waiting to see what the end result will be before I scrape the excess foam off the substrate.  As messy as this technique can be I have learnt to stay as tidy as possible.

I enjoyed this project so much that I ended up creating a second project too which I will be sharing with you tomorrow.

I have used the shaving foam technique a lot this year, starting with the Sara Naumann release in January. It has been great to see it used more and more since.  One thing that I have learnt, which was great in my project, is that I do not have to discard the foam after each use.  I can simply flatten it out and add more paint. 

I wanted the shaving foam technique to stand out on my project and so I kept the design simple by using silver embossing and stamping.  I love the pattern of the shaving foam coming through.

The calendar itself is a MDF substrate from That Craft Place. I loved the idea of creating a Christmas countdown.  It was so easy to put together and I loved the cubes.  This could also be adapted to use all year round just by not including Christmas wording.

The colours of the shaving foam looked so wintery and perfect when teamed with the silver embossing powder.

I used my favourite colours for these projects.  You could use more traditional or more bold colours for these projects.  I really hope that I have inspired you to have a go at this technique yourself.  This technique is so much fun.

Thank you for joining me this evening.  Pop over to my blog to read more detail about how I created these projects.

Happy crafting!

Blog: Miriam's Creative Dreams

Saturday, 16 November 2019

2019 #18 Shaving Foam: Mixing it Up with EGL and EKD {by Amanda Pink}

2019 Topic 18: Shaving Foam

Amanda is back with part 2 of her experimental shaving foam project and in this post she is exploring ripples that the foam creates in her prints. ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Amanda (ink-a-pink) here with you again today, and I'd like to share with you the second project I have created for the current topic: Shaving Foam. 
After yesterday's creative fun I was curious and keen to try out other ways of using the shaving foam within my creativity to create interesting and effective results. All of which resulted in my finished project - an 8x8 Art Panel. 

I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paints with my shaving foam, initially working with three colours: Green Patina, Smoked Paprika and China.  


The first way I used the foam was by adding a drop of each colour onto their own individual 'blob' of shaving foam.

I then mixed the paint into the foam. As the foam is white it lightened the colour tone of the paints (top line) like it would if you were to mix the paints with white paint such as PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint : Snowflake. (bottom line) 

To apply the foam/ Fresco Finish mix onto PaperArtsy Heavy Super Smoothy card I used a PaperArtsy brayer, working one colour at a time. 
Both the foam/ Fresco Finish mix and the loose braying created some lovely 'ripple' effects. 

After I'd brayered all three of the mixes I felt the panel still needed something more so I added a few more PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints into the mix: Butternut and Midnight (no foam added) 

I  thought Butternut to add a touch of warmth and Midnight to add the dynamic and bring the  whole piece to life.
The second way I used the foam was by mixing it into some PaperArtsy Grunge Paste along with some PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paintAntarctica.

The photo above shows the grunge paste straight from the pot on the LHS and the grunge paste after its been mixed with the foam and the paint on the RHS. 

I applied this mix through PaperArtsy's Stencil by Kim Dellow PS036 

Where I'd mixed the paste into the foam well the texture was smooth.   

Where I hadn't mixed the paste into the foam quite so well the texture was much grungier. 
A great contrast of textures all achieved in one round of stenciling. A win win in my book!

The third and final way I used the Shaving foam was again to mix it with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint, this time Snowflake.

 After covering the stencil with the 'Foam/ Fresco' mix I used the stencil to monoprint. 

 It created a lovely subtle lightly textured print. 

To finish off the background I used some of the stamps from PaperArtsy Eclectica Kim Dellow Collection EKD01 and EKD03

With the panel being quite busy already I thought the simple line designs of the stamps offered just the right amount of extra detail.

For the focal feature I used some of the stamps from one of PaperArtsy new designer stamp sets: Eclectica Gwen Lafleur collection EGL01.  

They are coloured using the initial three PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints I set out creating with (no shaving foam added). I either used the complete stamp design or part of the stamp design. They all rest on Seth Apter die cuts painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paint: Midnight

I know I've been a bit of a 'creative rebel' veering away from the basic shaving foam technique but I'm pleased I did as I had a lot of curious creative fun along the way and on the whole the ways I've used the shaving foam today proved to be far less messy than yesterday and produced some pretty cool effects and texture.  I just love those 'ripples' . 

If you have never tried creating with shaving foam before then I would encourage you to give it a go. Ok, it can be a little messy but there are ways to control the mess and I'm sure you will have plenty of foamy fun!
Thanks for joining me today/ tonight and yesterday  
Keep on creating 

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Friday, 15 November 2019

2019 #18 Shaving Foam: Make a Note with EKD {by Amanda Pink}

2019 Topic 18: Shaving Foam

Amanda is with us today. After making a series of test prints with foam and paint, she selected some to use for her notebook and matching pencil. ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Amanda (ink-a-pink) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a few projects I have created for the current Topic: Shaving Foam. 
I will be sharing my first project with you today and tomorrow I will be returning to share my second project. 

Although the basic 'Shaving Foam' technique has been around for the longest time I haven't as yet tried it out. I did buy a can of shaving foam about 6 yrs ago thinking I would have a go but thinking was about as far as I got so this topic seemed like a good opportunity to finally give it a whirl. Oh what messy fun I had even though I didn't follow all the 'how to's' of the basic technique.

I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints with my shaving foam. The colour palette I opted for was China, Smoked Paprika, Midnight and Summer Sky - one of the new fabulous colours to the range. 

Rather than using a container to spray my foam into I just sprayed it onto a glass mat. I moved the Fresco Finish Acrylic paints through the foam in horizontal lines and 'pulled some prints'. PaperArtsy Heavy Super Smoothy card stands up well to the wetness of the foam/paint mix. 

I also sprayed some foam onto an acrylic block, spreading it out using a brayer and then adding the Fresco Finish Acrylic paints 'Jackson Pollock' style! I didn't swirl or move the paints around this time I left them just as they were and then pulled some prints. 

The acrylic block also came in handy to pick up some of the foam/paint mix which I then used as a stamp to make even more prints. 

All of which created a multitude of prints, each and every one being so unique. 
I selected some of my favourites pieces to create my project - a handy little notebook. 

The notebook itself is cut from Sissix notebook die designed by Eileen Hull.
The stamp sets I have used are from PaperArtsy Eclectica (Kim Dellow) Collection EKD01 and EKD03. 

The small circles stamp from EKD01 added a touch of simple background detail to the shaving foam prints that I used for the outer covers. 
I kept the back free of decoration so it would sit flat on a surface to aid ease of use. 

The small circles teamed well with the triple circle stamp from EKD01 to add some complimenting detail to the shaving foam prints I used to cover the inner walls of the notebook.

I also used the triple circle stamp along with the lined part of the long stamp from EKD03  to create some funky circular 'lollipop's' and an accent to embellish the front cover.
They are coloured with the same PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints that I used to create the shaving foam prints.

I carried a couple of 'accents' through to the spine.

Now a notebook isn't any use without a pen or pencil right? So I covered a small pencil with a piece of canvas that I'd printed with the foam/ paint mix and I'm all set to write, doodle, draw to my hearts content! 

As I was gathering together all my unused prints there was one that really caught my eye. It reminded me of a photo negative and the more I looked at it the more I could see an image. Maybe a tree, a weeping willow perhaps? 

So I simply mat n layered it, stamped the sentiment from EKD01 and created a card. 

I know I said in my intro that I had lots of 'messy' fun but please don't let the 'messy' put you off using shaving foam in your creativity. It's the kind of 'messy' that can easily be cleaned up and it enables you to create some really unique and interesting prints to use in your art. 

Thanks for joining me today / tonight. I'll be back tomorrow with some more of my foamy fun creativity. 
Until then
Creative wishes 

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