Thursday, October 9, 2008

Marbling With Shaving Cream: A Really Cool Art Idea for All Ages!


MARBLING WITH SHAVING CREAM

Today, I went to a professional development meeting where I got to exchange ideas with other Art Teachers around the Indianapolis area. One of the coolest things I learned, I want to share with you.

Marbling With Shaving Cream and Watercolor Paints
What You Need: 
-Paint brush
-Cup of water
-Water Color Paints (the Crayola or Prang kind that kids use or liquid water colors work best)
-Can of shaving cream
-Paper 
-Cardboard, matte-board, or something to smooth and scrape shaving cream

Steps and Process:

1. Squirt a handful of shaving creme on the table (yes, right onto the table as long as it is not a wooden one or something totally nice. This works well if you are in an art room or have a plastic cardboard table-shaving creme actually cleans the table very well afterwards. You can find some plastic or a tray if you are not comfortable doing this right on a table).

2. Take cardboard or matte board square piece  and smooth out/flatten the shaving creme for a work surface (as large as what ever size paper you are working with). 

3. Wet paintbrush, choose a color of paint, drip some water onto the paint cake (in the water color tray) and swirl your brush to get paint on the brush. 

4. Flick the paint in various places on the shaving cream (it works best to tap the brush so paint does not fly everywhere).  You can do this in a variety of colors.

4. Take the end of the paintbrush or a stick/tooth pick to swirl the colors and shaving creme together.

5. Lay a piece of white paper on top. You do not have to press hard. Lift up (it will look like it did not work).

6. Use the matte board/cardboard to scrape off the shaving cream. Voila! You marbled image appears and is automatically dry!

This is fun, easy, fast, and not hard to clean up at all. You can continue to use the same shaving cream pile. Just flatten it back down with the cardboard. You might have a tinted background next time, but that is even cooler.


This is great for bookmaking paper, scrapbooking, ACEO cards, gift tags, or just cool art!

I will try to post pictures when I do this with my elementary art classes for you to see!

Let me know what you think. If you try it, I would love to post pictures of your final product or process!

20 comments:

Meekiyu said...

wow that sounds like fun! I'll definitely have to try it... excellent idea!! =D

p.s your work is so creative and you look so..happy lolol...

Jennifer said...

That is a great idea, I bet my daughter would love to do this. She is super creative.

MaryMarsh said...

Awesome art!! I'll have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

kim* said...

those are the prettiest i have seen. we did that alot at the preschool i worked at. :)

The Ebon Swan said...

I think I remember trying these when I was a little girl...I'm going to mark this to read later, I think this might be a great weekend craft for my girls. :)

5erg said...

This is cool!
It looks a bit like the bubble painting, it is similar only you use soap water or something to make bubbles and then print

Meka said...

How fun. The kiddos love to play with shaving cream. Now I have a reason to do it, too! Thanks for sharing.

amy@articulations said...

How fun! I bet my kids would like to try this.

Paper Lady Invites said...

That's fun!

-chelsey

shannon said...

That seems like it would be fun for camp.

Estela said...

how cool!
I need to try that

SolSisters said...

super good fun for my daughter. She's out in the driveway right now making shaving cream mountains and having a blast! Might even make some paper too ;)

krystyna81 said...

ooh I have to try this! my son is in preschool and they would have SO much fun! thanks for sharing!

Estela said...

it's funny because yesterday in one of my classes we learned marbling! It was a ton of fun! Very cool!

Kari said...

Those turned out really cute. I've done something similar with my kids and it was really fun!

LeaKarts said...

That is so awesome! I'll have to try it out with my girl :)

Andrea said...

This will be a fun project - I'll definitely do it with my daughter. Thanks!

bria said...

great tutorial! love your blog :)

Linda Smith said...

Well, how cool is that! I'll have to try this with my kids.

Jenn said...

What a fun idea! Sounds like something I could do with decent results. I'm not much of a paper crafter, but this one I want to try! Thanks for sharing it

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