Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Shaving Foam Marbling Tutorial

Did you know that you can paper marbling can be done really easily from items found around the home?  Below is a tutorial explaining the process.  Big thank you to Beth, who took took the photo's below and the time to write up the instructions for us to use in this blog post.

  •   Shaving foam (has to be foam not gel).
  •   A Tray, big enough for your paper.
  •   Ruler, thin piece of wood, palette knife, anything with a straight edge to smooth out the foam.
  •   Cocktail sticks/kebab sticks – something to swirl the paint around.
  •   Paper of any shape and size.
  •   Liquid paints, water colours, acrylic etc or food colouring.
  •   Pipette (optional).
  •   Plenty of kitchen roll.
  •   An Apron.
Note:  This can get very messy so it is advised to wear short
sleeves or just be extra careful if you wear long sleeves.

Step 1:
Give the shaving foam a good shake
then fill your tray up with shaving cream
so it is all covered, around an inch thick:

Step 2:
Using your item with a straight edge,
smooth out all of the shaving foam
so you have a nice flat surface:

Step 3:
Using a pipette (or your choice of item to add
the paint/food colouring) add spots of colour all
around the shaving foam, the more you cover,
the more will show on the paper.

Step 4:
Using a cocktail stick or kebab stick,
draw swirls or patterns in the paint on
the shaving foam.

Step 5:
Gently Lay your paper flat on top
of the shaving cream and gently press down
to transfer the ink to the paper.

Carefully lift up your paper and lay it flat on the table, using your clean ruler or item with a straight edge, slowly and carefully scrape from one side of the paper to the other, to remove any excess shaving foam then leave to fully dry

You can now do what you would like with your marbled paper,
 I made mine into an envelope.

 Thank you  Beth Jackson-D'Zacchaeus for writing and photography for this tutorial!

Checkout Danae's post where she shares her thoughts on taking part in the marbling workshop

Foam Parties and Titillation

When an activity has brought out my inner beast, I know it's been a good one!   Thank you so much Jules, we all had a great time this morning marbling with foam and the comments it brought out in people were quite surprising; "It's like a foam party" and "it's taking me back to making mud pies" or "I never realised I could create until I came here" and "when I'm here I spend time wondering what the heck I'm doing and by the time I've finished I think, wow!"
Never stop playing!
Everyone's piece was so unique it shows how so many different people can come together and create an inspiring, therapeutic and supportive environment.  What a haven Little Bird SOS has become, thank you so much Lisa Pidgeon for belligerently keeping this group going.  

I asked if the group could give me some comments or words they heard, felt or thought during the morning (some are above, the rest, I wasn't sure how to put them into the blog without being overly suggestive), tactile, sensuous, a few organisms were discovered, beasts were released, no soft pornography please were British, titillation and elation............. As you can imagine a good time was had by all.
We used our marbled sheets to make beautiful envelopes

Battle on fellow warriors who experience the dark side of life xxx


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Community support

What an amazing, creative, supportive, nurturing  morning with a real community feel where people in the group are supporting each other, within and beyond the doors of Little Bird SOS.  I'm not very organised at home and I love to see and feel the organisation within the room, giving freedom to express and create.
We made owls, mice and hedgehogs this morning, by giving life to old sweaters; it's so empowering to achieve something.

As you may realise from previous blogs I'm a big fan of Karen Salmansohn, on facebook, who created a piece of art which said; 'you are 100% successful in getting through each day'.  The full meaning didn't  really hit me until I started working on my self-esteem, with the fabulous psychotherapist Jo DeVries, and I found my inner growl and started saying YES!  I'm fricking doing it!!!  Come on!!!

So I salute all you owl, mice and hedgehog makers out there who, like a warriors fought your demons, got yourselves out of bed and into the room that is LittleBirdSOS.