Tuesday, August 21, 2012

* Shaving Cream Bathtub Paint, Don't Say I Didn't Warn You!

I used to give my students shaving cream at the end of the school year
to finger paint on the tables as an artsy and fun way to wash the tables before summer vacation, 
that technique coupled with the nine million versions of bath tub paint 
I've seen in blog and Pinterest land were the inspiration for this post!
So I thought, oh this will be so fun. We'll all love it....read on.

Pardon the dark photos, bath time is in the evening around here
and the lighting in the bathroom is only "meh."

I set up the paint tray with a muffin tin on a stool outside of the bathtub.
I put a drop of food coloring in the bottom of each pan,
then sprayed in the shaving cream and let them mix it for a surprise!
(leftover from our shaving cream liquid watercolor marbling project)
The girls loved it. 

There were a few stifled coughs from the stinky shaving cream 
fumes and our asthma. Had to turn on the bath fan -- but it's still fun right?

The kids used paint brushes and fingers to decorate their canvas
(our white bath tiles)

Portrait of mom?

See those blue fingers?
My kids were tie-dyed when they were done with this little project.
Lots of giggling at this point.

See how pretty the colors are? 
That didn't last.

After they painted the walls they started to paint each other.
Think foamy war paint. I'm not posting photos of my kids here. 

Everything turned a gross shade of grey green in a matter of minutes....
including my children. 

The walls were dirty looking. 
The bath water was gross.
The grout was stained green and blue. 
My kids were gray, green, and blue.
Crying children because the shaving cream was causing a burning in nooks and crannies 
= not. good. at. all. 

I had to drain the tub. Hose off the kids. Wash the walls. And tub. Rinse 
Re-run the bath and wash my kids two more times to get the food coloring stains off. 
Giant pain in the butt. 

Will we be painting with shaving cream in our bathroom ever again? 
Don't say I didn't warn you!

Pink and Green Mama


The Bardell Family said...

I've seen those ideas on pinterest and always wondered how it didn't stain. Now I know the truth. Thanks for the warning!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ The Bardell Family -- my friend recommended using washable children's paint but I still wouldn't want that on my children's bodies either! We will be sticking to using our shaving cream OUTside of the bathtub from now on!!!


Debi said...

Oh my! I laughed right out loud reading this... my kids are all grown now but I remember those flashes of brilliant ideas that I had that turned out to be not so wonderful. Real life is what you write about and I love reading your posts! Thank you for my first chuckle of the day!

Andrea said...

Hehe! Sounds like it went a little awry. We've done it in the bathtub and it has turned out a-ok...never noticed stained kiddos either. Funny!

Kids WordPress Themes said...

Great idea, but I don't want to clean it up!!

Shereen said...

We've done this too, but to me it was worth it. I guess ours wasn't such a disaster and my son has requested it at every bath since! I do limit the color palate to two colors, so that helps everything not turn out gross looking. Also, when I mix it myself, there is less staining because I get a more thorough mix. When my 3 year old does it, it's streaky and then the darker parts stain. Just a few tips. :)

Stephanie said...

Hahaha! This is so funny! I have tried a few things like this too! We didnt use shaving cream, we used body wash and it was a mess! Everything was pruce colored and it took a VERY long shower afterward to wash off all the soap they smeared everywhere! I would love to have you link up again at Taking Time Tuesday! Thanks for sharing!


Anna Ranson said...

Hahaha that's hilarious!! although it does make me feel like a liar on my shaving cream bath paint post! We truly didn't experience any of that! How come? I don't know! But it was truly good and they cried when it ran out!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Anna Ranson -- I think our food coloring was too strong! No worries, I'm glad your kids like it, we will just stick to plain old shaving cream in the backyard with a hose or shower afterwards! : ) -MaryLea

April Hollingsworth said...

Please email me if you can. I have some questions about asthma. aprilhwth at gmail dot com

Nicky said...

We used sensitive shaving foam with a few drops of liquid water color (Colorations) - the colors were incredibly vibrant, and no stains in sight (bath or kids!). Food coloring is dreadful stuff for stains - I overdid it with some oobleck once, and my oh my the drama we had because they didn't want blue hands (it just wouldn't come off). My eldest put the shaving foam all over her face (including her eyes) and there was no stinging at all either. Such a shame it didn't work out for you as my two had so much fun with it, and it made for the best pictures ever.

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