Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shaving Cream Marbling

 My finished maple leaf postcard for the CQT 2014 Postcard Exchange is now in the mail.  I used over a dozen different stitches:  chain, cretan, feather, spiderweb wheel, bullion, fly, seed, satin, stem, et. al.  I enjoyed doing this so much I'm making another one for myself :)
 I had another very, very fun play day with our Fibre Arts group recently. We experimented with marbling using shaving cream as our base.
 We tried out different kinds of paints and here's my spot on the table using regular craft acrylic paint.
 I put down about 2 inches thick of shaving cream and smoothed it out using a disposable plastic card.
 Drippled paint on top 
 and then swirled it with a wooden skewer.  I laid my piece of cotton on top, smoothed it down, waited maybe a minute and then peeled it off.  I waited maybe a 1/2 hour or so before scraping off the shaving cream and rinsing in water.
 Here I had scraped off the previous colour swirls, added some more shaving cream, smoothed it and played with different colours and marble design.
 After rinsing I then heat set my pieces and here are a few that I did.  I used cotton, heavy interfacing, evolon and water colour paper.
These marbled cloths we had made at a previous play marbling day using a gelatin like base and paint designed for marbling from G&S Dye.  I will use all these marbled pieces to make book covers, a pincushion or two, atc's and postcards.  It was great to play and experiment and have fun.

As Albert Einstein said:  “Play is the highest form of research.”
Hope everyone can take some time to play.

23 comments:

  1. This is SO cool!!! Looks like lots of fun!!

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  2. I like the results of your playtime!

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  3. thats amazing, I would love to do this!

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  4. These are just lovely. I love marbled paper and fabric, but have only tried the old oil-on-water technique. I'd really like to give this a go. I can understand your doing another postcard, too. It's very effective.

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  5. Your marbled cloths are beautiful. Like you, i enjoy using shaving cream

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  6. I've played with this technique too and it's great fun. Even better that the supplies are cheap!

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  7. I'm glad you are making yourself a leaf too! it really turned out beautifully!!!
    The shaving cream trick is really cool. Amazing colors!!!!!

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  8. This looks like a lot of fun! I will say, though, that I like the ones with the proper marbling paint best. They have that fine detail that makes marbling so amazing. But I'm sure you'll get good use from them all!

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  9. Fantastic results, and what a great use of shaving cream!!!
    The embroidered card is a real stitch sampler.

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  10. This looks like so much fun. Love your results.....who would have thought shaving cream could find such a great use.

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  11. what a lovely PC, your leaf is a delight. Who on earth thought of trying the shaving cream to marble with excellent results, must buy some shaving cream, there might be raised eyebrows when the DDs come and visit as to why there is shaving cream in the bathroom!

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  12. Lovely and original creations !
    Have a great day trying something new...
    Anna

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  13. That looks like fabulous fun off to the shops for some shaving cream. The leaf is beautiful so many stitches on one piece.

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  14. I have heard of marbling with shaving cream, but never tried it.....from the looks of yours I will have to put it on my to do list. Your postcard is really neat and I like the idea of you making it a bit of a stitch sampler.

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  15. Looks like a fun day and some lovely results. Your card is super - lucky recipient. xx

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  16. Fabulous results with the shaving cream! Your fabrics turned out beautifully!
    Love the leaf card, too.

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  17. Fantastic results with the shaving cream. Your card is lovely. Hugs Judy

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  18. Wow such a brilliant idea to use the shaving cream and the results are fantastic! your little card is so pretty all of your stitches blend in so well

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  19. When you say "heat set" do you mean with an iron? Will this make it permanent??? Just curious! thx.
    Julie

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  20. Your postcard is gorgeous and you got stunning results with your shaving cream printing.

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  21. I love the look of that marbling -- and would love to learn how to make and use these as endpapers in books (which I'd also like to learn to make!)

    Great blog! So much creativity!

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