This idea was given to me by a friend who just took an art class. It looked fun and I thought the kids would have a blast doing it. Camp is over and there is still several weeks left before school begins, so finding activities to keep them busy is getting more and more difficult, especially with all the rain we have been getting. I think we are all ready for school to start up again.
Shaving Cream Art – Marbleized Paper
Shaving cream (foam, not gel)
Ink (the ink you would use to re-ink a stamp pad)
Rimmed baking sheet
Good drawing paper
Chopstick or skewer
Squeegee or rubber spatula
1. Squirt some shaving cream onto half of the baking sheet and spread out to form a rectangle – do not use the whole sheet. The other half is for scraping the paper. I did not have two pans with rims, so we used some pans that we had on hand.
2. Squirt some ink onto the shaving cream rectangle.
3. Using your chopstick or skewer swirl the ink into the shaving cream – just needs to be on the surface. You don’t want to mix it all in.
4. Place a piece of paper on top of the inked shaving cream. Gently tap the paper to make sure the whole surface has made contact with the shaving cream.
5. Gently take the paper off the shaving cream and lay it face up on the other half of the baking sheet or another tray.
6. Taking a squeegee or spatula – gently scrape off the shaving cream. The ink will dye the spatulas or squeegee, so use some that you do not care about. A paper towel will get off any shaving cream that is left. You have marbleized paper.
7. Set your paper aside to dry.
You can keep using the original shaving cream. You may have to re-swirl or add just a few more drops of ink – but you can make many sheets from the shaving cream rectangle. It is best to stick to 2 or 3 colors of ink – any more and you loose the marbleized look.
I can see many cards from these papers and other art gift creations!