Marbling with shaving cream is a simple, fun and pretty mess-free project for kids and adults. I’m happy to share this step by step ‘how to’ with you! Here are the supplies you will need:
- Plain old shaving cream. Nothing with lotion or any added items. We got ours at the dollar store.
- Paints or food coloring. I used acrylic paint, because I liked the color options. I’ve also used food coloring with students in the past and it works just as nicely. For fun I added glitter paints this time ’round, but didn’t really get the effect I hoped for.
- Paper or card stock. Thicker paper does work better.
- A chopstick, end of a paintbrush, toothpick or similar to swirl the paints.
- Wax paper for drying.
- Ruler, cardboard or other hard edge to scrape the paint off.
- Tray for containing mess.
First, spray your work area with shaving cream. Be sure to create a section large enough for your paper.
Then, drop your paint randomly on the shaving cream. Start out with just a few drops, you can always add more later if necessary.
Next, using a chopstick or similar tool, create swirls with the paint on the surface of the cream.
Once you’ve gotten a design that pleases you, use the palm of your hand to gently press your paper onto the design, making sure the entire surface is touching the cream.
Using a ruler or other hard, straight edge (I improvised and used a paint tray!), scrape the shaving cream off in one, steady motion to reveal your design!
You can reuse the shaving cream, if you’d like. Adding additional paint for round #2! I decided to marble book marks and go with some darker paints this time.
My favorite part about this activity is how easy it is to clean up. All you have o do is rinse your tray in the sink and you’re done!
These are some examples created in an art class I teach at a rehabilitation center to adults with traumatic brain injuries. We added lettering to create greeting cards!