Monday, 6 April 2015

Shaving Foam Printing

Some fabric friends share magazines or ideas, some point you in an interesting direction and then there are fabric friends like Ros.
On Sunday she showed me an article about shaving foam printing in an issue of Fabrications magazine.  On Monday morning she sent me a text saying she had gathered EVERYTHING we needed to have a go! Now is that impressive or what?
We filled a tray with shaving foam.  
Good tip:  lining the tray with cling film makes an easy way to gather up and dispose of foam and ink later.
We dropped, sprayed and dribbled various kinds of textile paints on the foam.
Using a skewer and a chopstick we swirled the inks together.
We took prints from the surface of the foam.

We left the ink to dry for a few minutes, scraped the remaining foam from the surface of the fabric and then ironed it (under a cloth) to fix the dye.
Ta dah!!  Thanks Ros, just what the doctor ordered!!


  1. Oh wow! Thanks for the instructions!

  2. You've got some great results. I'm being a bit thick but are you not well? I've missed you online.

  3. Nothing like the excuse of a new technique to get in some dying time. Fun!

  4. what fun, I can see some of those fabrics in your work. The picture of swirly dye looks good enough to eat. Think I'll have to give it a try - the dyeing not the eating!

  5. That looks like fun! Lovely patterns emerging too!


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