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Thursday, September 9, 2010

* Marbling Paper With Shaving Cream and Liquid Watercolor

I used to love doing this project with my art students
when I was an elementary art teacher.
We would marbleize paper as 
part of our 4th grade unit on 
Colonial life America. 

Of course, they didn't 
marbleize paper 
with shaving cream back then
but this is a fun and easy way to do it
with kids of all ages!


First, I divided all of my students
into teams of two.
(these photos were taken during
Mom Would Never Let Me Camp)


Each team of kids got one aluminum tray
to fill with Dollar Store Shaving Cream
(about an inch thick)

Spread it out with a 
scrap of cardboard
so it's smooth -- 
like frosting a cake!


Drip some 
liquid watercolor
(or food coloring) on top 

Swizzle through the shaving cream
with bamboo skewers
or a stick to swirl the paint 
and create a marbling effect.


Press down a 
sheet of paper lightly on top
(we used Cardstock)
then, wipe off the excess shaving cream
with another scrap of cardboard
(like a squeegee)

Start over and...
Have fun!

Happy Marbleizing!

Fondly,
pink and green mama

7 comments:

House Mother said...

Great variation on marbling paper. So, how did they do it in Colonial Times? I love 4th grade questions...

jen at paintcutpaste.com said...

these look awesome - i love the randomness of the prints! when we did this last year, our results were kind of different. maybe we mixed the colors together more? your post makes me want to do this again! the funniest part of when we did it was that my little one (2.5 at the time) said, "this art smells like daddy!"

Rebecca said...

I love the way the colors look sitting in the shaving cream!!

DelhiBound said...

Yours was much prettier than our outcome, but my daughter had a blast making this fun mess!

We experimented with both glass colors, liquid watercolors and food coloring ... some of them have a crazy beautiful sheen to them!

Miss Gen said...

I have a question about this activity. Do you have to wipe away the shaving cream and start fresh after each child's turn placing the paper on the foam?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Mis Gen --

Great question!!

We leave the shaving cream and just work on top of the old stuff. The more batches you do the colors start to get a little gray but you CAN get several different ones done before you have to start all over. I do encourage the kids to think about what colors they're using while they are marbling and try not to use more than 3 or 4 different colors or it starts to get muddy.

-MaryLea
(pink and green mama)

Toilet Paper said...

Great piece of art. I like it so much. The child would really learned a lot in their younger days.

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