What a ploy, using a cryptic title like that to spark your curiosity!
You thought I was going in for a rant, right?
No way, José !
I have got far more important things to do
than sweat about stuff I can’t do diddly about.
In fact, today is a day off for me.
We are going to a K T Tunstall concert this evening.
I love her and her energy - not to mention her music!
I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.
Thought it was time for an arty step-by-step.
Yesterday’s Shaving Foam technique with the Statue of Liberty Stencil got the old creative juices flowing again.
And I am pretty sure there will be plenty of you good people who aren’t sure how to use shaving foam and stencils together.
So let’s do this thing!
Pick a few cool colours...
Spread a little shaving foam out in a plastic container.
You don’t need much.
Drip a few drops of the ink into the foam.
There is enough here for at least a dozen pieces,
plus a few muddier ones, when the ink starts to really blend.
By the way, yesterday’s counts as one of the muddy ones.
Swish the ink around.
I used my Groovi tool, because it was on the table.
Coffee stirrer is cool too.
Treescape stencil today, methinks.
Always looks great.
Attach the stencil top and bottom with low-tack masking tape.
Load some of the mix onto a ruler.
Smear it across the stencil.
Using the ruler, move the shaving foam around,
covering the whole piece.
Dab the whole thing with a paper towel/kitchen roll.
You get what you get.
one side really dark, one side way too light.
However, what do I always say?
WORK WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT.
So let’s smear a bit more up the other side and see what happens...
But what happens if I dab the distressed shaving foam through the stencil with the paper towel?
Only one way to find out....
Looks like I cut myself shaving!
Actually, it’s really cool, except it bled underneath the stencil.
Note to self Gray: don’t use so much mush on the paper towel...
I’m supposed to be having a day off!
So am I going to spend it faffing about with shaving foam,
in a lame attempt to get a perfect print?
NOT A CHANCE.
The magic about this shaving foam technique
is you NEVER know what you’re going to get!
|bit leaky though, even for this liberated bird!|
Time to get radical....
If you don’t like it - change it!
Without flinching, she sliced her masterpiece in half;
well, down the offending edge.
Then cut away the white borders.
Now she was feeling quite bold, so dipped the top and bottom edges into the shaving foam mixture.
Used a heat gun to speed-dry.
Mounted the pieces on white stencil card, the same gear again.
Here, she faltered.
Should she stick with one half and add a meaningful message?
Nah. Sod it.
Sun’s shining. Places to go, people to see!
Perfectly imperfect - just like we like it.
But what about this lot ???
Just one more, said the addict.
But this time mix up the ink more....
Oooh, I say!
Haven’t got time to wait for this to dry.
If I speed dry it, it will go dimply.
So I shall just let it sit and do its own thing.
And tomorrow I shall show you what it looks like
when you are patient...
Love this technique.
Could really spend the day playing.
But I must dash, said the Mexican.
How about a bloggy offer on ALL Distress Reinkers...
If you go to our website, I have dropped the bottle price
from £4 to £3.
That’s substantial, especially if you add your 10 / 15% Members Discount!
Maybe today is a good day to restock on your Distress reinkers. Even if you still have some. They don’t go off!
offer ends midnight Sunday.
First come first serve.
Should we run out of a particular colour,
we will contact you and offer you an alternative.
Love & Hugs,