Sunday 14 September 2014

Brushos and Shaving Foam!!!

Be warned- this is quite a long post and photo heavy - so if you just want to see the card I made scroll down! I finally succumbed to buying some Brushos last week and had a quick play with some water when they arrived.
This was on watercolour paper but don't like it - too splotchy. Then I tried ordinary white card.

Quite nice but prettier with the addition of some SU Vanilla Smooch spray. Then I wondered whether I could just use that instead of water and got these.

Blue and turquoise with vanilla then

black with vanilla. Think I need a bit mote powder and a bit more liquid but I do like the colour mix.

Now a couple of weeks ago I'd bought some shaving foam with the intention of trying out the "shaving foam technique" with re-inkers. I've still not tried it but while languishing on the settee yesterday I got to wondering whether the Brushos would work. This morning I set to with a large plastic tray, lots of kitchen towel and shaving foam. I cut my card into A6 just so that if it was a total disaster I hadn't wasted too much card. I sprinkled a smallish amount of ultramrine and emerald green into one half of the foam - being economical here - then swirled it around with a pokey tool and swished a piece of card through, swirled it again, then another piece until I had these four pieces. The lightest one being the last.
Then I tried lemon and scarlet.

Next I added the coloured foam with a palette knife and used both the red mix and the blue.

Now to mix everything up.

Still mixing between bits of card I ended up with a very muddy looking mess! But I ladled it onto card using the palette knife as though icing a cake!

Not very inspiring is it? But look what I got when I scraped it off.

And finally

It reminds me of those marbled papers you used to get in the front of books.  At this point the muddy looking mess got washed down the bathroom sink. But I had to make something out of one of the pieces - so using the red and blue one I made this - it reminded me of a sunset over the sea.

I mixed the scarlet with some water to use as paint for the sails. And after that long post I'm taking this over to Pixies Playground as the black card was out of my snippets box. I did think I mught join in Darnell's NBUS challenge again as the shaving foam was never before used schtuff but thought that was a bit cheeky!

Edited to add Di has persuaded me to link to Darnell's challenge!


  1. FAB experiments with brusho's - not tried the shaving foam yet but it IS on my list! Thanks for sharing your experiences


  2. Oh you clever sausage! This is really fabby and such a great way to play with Brushos!! I too use a bathroom basin for cleaning my goodies as my craft room is upstairs - Len sometimes wonders why I have blue teeth at bed time - snort!!

    YES, it's a sunset and do link to Darnell - she's as mad as a box of frogs and would LOVE it for sure! :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  3. Some gorgeous colours here and lovely patterns.

    Kath x

  4. Not sure about the box of frogs but glad you have linked to Darnell's challenge!! I had wondered if using shaving foam with the brusho's would work or not. now I know! I like the one you chose for your card. Hugs Mrs a.

  5. Holy carp, Sue, that nautical card from your innovative technique looks like something you'd find in an art gallery (even with the hb placard!)! It is a cool evocative modern art piece! I was fascinated with your post from start to finish. I can't get enough of how folks are using those Brushos, but I haven't seen anyone use the shaving cream yet (Miss Genius!). I also just a few minutes ago heard about Bisters, which seem to be very similar. I'd love if there was more than one company. I prolly won't sink my teeth into this new fad until after the holidays and who knows what will be out by then. I'm very glad Di talked you into joining my NBUS Challenge so thank you for that! Hugs, Darnell

    Wait. What? A box of frogs!! Doesn't that sound like fun what with the hamster up there and all. Talk about a party in my head!!

  6. FABULOUS results Sue. I am seriously impressed and will definitely have to try this out!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. Wow Sue, this technique looks fantastic, love the results, Cathy x

  8. Thanks for sharing all these techniques! They made some really pretty backgrounds! Love the sail boat card!

  9. Very interesting post. I'm just starting out on my Brusho journey so it is interesting to see your experiments and now I'm keen to dig out my can of shaving foam and have a go. Your card is lovely ... the effect of sea and red sky is fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Elizabeth xx

  10. Fabulous experimenting, love the effects you achieved, it's very inspiring. Love the card!

    Warm hugs

  11. The background you created is just perfect for this card. Very nicely done!

  12. Oh my Sue!! These are fantastic. I never ever thought to use Brusho's with shaving foam and once I have sorted out my working space I know what I am going to be doing! Very, very clever.
    I ended up purchasing the Brusho's after seeing what Sarn and Di created with them and have had lots of play sessions with mine too. Like you I didn't like them sprinkled onto white card and then blasted with a water spray. Too many colours and too mucky for my taste. I have sprayed a complete A4 piece of white card with water and sprinkled them very, very lightly over and I loved the end result of that - might be a way for you to control the colours a bit more too? Hope my experience is helpful and I am going to create a white/cream sparkly spray with some Perfect Pearls and sprinkle some Brusho's over that - thanks for the wonderful creations and for sharing how you created them Karen x


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