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Thursday, 12 January 2017
Shaving Foam backgrounds
I'd been planning on doing a few for a while now, but while I was shopping the other day, I had a brainwave. Cut down on the cleanup by using Baking Foil to work on! Then, when I'm done, the whole thing just gets rolled up and thrown in the bin.
I sprayed out the shaving foam- and you must get foam, not gel!-any cheap brand will do, I used the stores own, about 40p a can.
First batch, I used Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone. You can use any dye ink, even paints for this technique.
Now I cut down some white cardstock to A5 size, and began dipping them.
This is the first piece, still covered in foam. Use a ruler to scrape the foam off, and put back in the pile.
Doesn't look like much at this stage, but the next bit is when the magic happens.
All the excess foam scraped away, and the surface wiped over with a paper towel.
There is a limit to how many times you can re-use the foam, eventually you will just end up with mud.
Also a good reason to pick your colours carefully.
For the three darker ones here, I added some Ground Espresso ink to the foam, and re swirled it, using a paintbrush handle this time.
A touch more Weathered Wood, and you can see I'm getting a lot of browns now, from continually mixing. Time for a new batch!
To be honest, I think I prefer the browns of the first batch.
I chucked in a little Faded Jeans here, so the pinks are not quite so dominant.
Side by side comparison, and definitely prefer the more subtle browns.
Just need to put them somewhere to flatten out now, and that's a few backgrounds for my UFO box.