I took an art class this summer and learned to make marbleized paper using shaving cream and paint. It was so much fun that I knew I wanted to try it with my girls. I bought the supplies and then never got around to it. But this morning, after several long, boring, cranky weeks, I decided that we would spend our last Friday of the summer making art. It was so much fun! The best morning in weeks.
Here is what we did:
(I gathered all the supplies and set everything up first. This project is MESSY so you need everything ready to go before you touch the paint and shaving cream!)
First, spray shaving cream on a cookie sheet. You can use any flat surface (in my class we just worked directly on the art table), but this contained the mess well and was easy to clean.
Then using a chopstick, unsharpened pencil, paintbrush handle, etc. draw lines through the paint to mix it. It works best to make some sort of pattern instead of random squiggles. There is also an art to knowing when to stop!
Once the design is made, lay a piece of paper over the shaving cream and press it gently to make sure that all surfaces are touching the messy stuff. We used nice drawing paper, two weights of watercolor paper, and tracing paper. All worked well and each gave a slightly different effect. In my class we also used paper plates, deli paper, and watercolor paper with a linen-like texture. I think almost any kind of paper could work.
- Work table with easy access to a sink
- Cookie sheets or other flat work surfaces (one per person)
- Waxed paper or old plastic tablecloth to protect work table
- Trash can
- Clothesline and clothespins
- Shaving cream, the cheaper the better (no aloe or menthol kind). One can makes 5 or 6 first prints.
- Liquid water colors
- Chopstick or paint brush handle
- Metal ruler
- Assorted paper (watercolor or heavy drawing paper works best)
- Aprons or paint shirts
- Paper towels and damp rags for clean-up