Using Inktense in a multimedia project by Tess Imobersteg

Some of the techniques that I teach that students seem to really have fun with are those that use unusual media. In this section, we’re going to explore using shaving foam as a carrier for marbling and printing. This is one of several ways to do mono-printing (single print) and it’s whimsical and easy to clean up since, after all, we’re using soap.

Shaving Cream Marbling/Printing

I’ve used this technique also as backgrounding for projects. It can be a bright textural use of the medium.

Equipment needed:

  • Stock solution of Inktense – see blog – Screen printing and stencilling
  • Paper or stabilized fabric – I like to iron freezer paper on the back of fabric for this technique
  • Shaving foam
  • Thin flat straight-edged tool for smoothing shaving foam – I use a piece of plastic cutting mat but one could use a large palette knife or anything similar that is as wide as the shaving foam printing surface. You just need something that will make a flat surface on the shaving foam
  • Paint brush or eye dropper – to place the stock solution on the flattened shaving foam
  • Toothpick(s) or some long thin tool to marble the ink

Step 1: Lay down some shaving foam on your work surface

Step 2: Using a straight edged tool, smooth the shaving foam flat to a size just larger than your paper.

Step 3: Drop several drops of the Inktense ‘stock’ onto the foam.

Step 4: Using a thin tool of choice, toothpicks, skewers, etc., move the ink around on the foam until you’re happy with the design.

Step 5: Lay the fabric\paper with the right side down onto the inked foam.

Step 6: Pull the paper\fabric off of the foam. A lot of foam will come with it.

Step 7: Turn the substrate foam side up and place on work surface. Using a straight edged tool or squeegee tightly on the substrate, scrape off the foam.

Step 8: Your design should be left on the substrate. If this is fabric, it should be heat set with an iron after the piece is dry.

I hope you enjoy trying out this and other techniques with Inktense. There are many creative options with the ‘stock’ solution, almost anything that you can do with watercolor paints or inks.  Play, try, experiment and have fun. Be creative!

You can view some of Tess’ work and classes on her website or her Facebook.