Thursday, February 27, 2014

Marbling with shaving cream

I know you've probably seen this before, but it is always such a cool thing to do!  I previously blogged about using this process; you can find the post by clicking HERE

Today my DragonWing Arts after-school students leaned how easy and fun it is to make marbled paper using shaving cream and liquid watercolor paints.
I taped off an area of our work table the size of our paper, 12x18".  I squirted some shaving cream into the rectangle and the kids smoothed it out with a cardboard rectangle.  Then, they dripped liquid watercolors into the shaving cream. 

Using a fork, the paint was swirled through the shaving cream.  

A piece of paper was placed carefully on top, and pressed gently.  The paper was then removed (along with globs of gooey shaving cream), and cardboard rectangles were used to squeegee the excess shaving cream off of the paper.  That's all there is to it!  And here is what the result was from the piece being worked on above.
We added a little fresh shaving cream each time, smoothed it out again, and started the marbling process again.  Here's a couple more examples.
It will be a couple of weeks before I can show you what we are doing with them (but I think it will be cool), so you'll just have to wait and see!


  1. I really like the intensity of your colours. Looking through your blog I also came across your colour wheel table-super cool!

    1. Thanks, Heather. I miss the table, now that I am retired. I should have tried to take it with me. I had rescued that table from someone discarding it at school, so was it mine or the school's? It was certainly MY idea to paint it, and my effort doing the work! But the new art teacher uses it too...

  2. Hi Phyl...are the liquid watercolor colors concentrate or diluted?

    1. They are concentrated. We used them straight from the bottles. I'm sure you could dilute them a little little and put them in a squeeze bottle.