Want to have some crafting fun? Well grab the kids or some of your friends and try your hand at marbling paper using shaving cream. Yes, it is the stuff that comes out of the can. I recommend that you try to find the unscented variety or you may need to work in a well ventilated area. The fragrance can become a bit overpowering.
Why do it:?
Answer: Because it is messy and fun and gives you really cool papers that you can use for bookmarks, book covers, papers for collage, origami flowers, origami boxes, scrapbook backgrounds, cards, and the list goes on.
Supplies you need:
- shaving cream (unscented if available). Dollar stores are a good resource for this.
- kitchen trash can liner – cut up one side and across the bottom and spread it out for surface protection
- some old combs, hair picks, things to make patterns with the paint.
- scraper – could be an inexpensive paint scraper, wider is better but an old sturdy spatula would work.
- papers of various types – card stock, recycled paper bags, recycled file folders, watercolor paper, butcher paper, try several things to get an idea of what you like best
- gloves if you don’t like messy hands
- acrylic paints or any type of bottled inks – Dr. Ph. Martins Water Color Inks or Bombay Inks; acrylic paints are available in the craft section of many stores.
- a sense of adventure and an urge to play.
What to do:
Lay your kitchen trash liner on your table or counter. If you are worried about it moving, tape the edges to the counter with some painters tape or masking tape.
Squirt some shaving cream (don’t forget to shake the can) in an area slightly larger than the paper you will be marbling. The cream can be 1/2 inch to an inch high.
Using ink droppers, drop inks or paints in random areas on top of the shaving cream.
Then using a hair pick or a comb or other object – drag it over the top layer to create patterns on the surface of the shaving cream.
Lay your paper onto the surface of the shaving cream and gently smooth it with your fingers to make sure all of the paper comes into contact with the surface of the shaving cream.
Carefully lift the paper off of the shaving cream and lay it ‘cream side up’. Using a paint scraper, gently scrape the shaving cream off of the paper to reveal the design on the paper.
Set paper aside to dry.
Then do it again. You will get a different design each time and when you are ready to try some different colors, just put another layer of shaving cream over the first one and go for it.