Our favorite marbled paper technique for kids is shaving cream marbling! So fun and relaxing, it’s one of our top art activities for kids of all ages!
The best, easiest and cheapest homemade marbling paper is done with shaving cream marbling.
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This marbling technique is one of our all-time favorite art activities. Like raised salt painting and splatter painting, it’s an art activity that kids never get tired of, and we’ve returned to it time and time again over the years.
We’ve done shaving cream marbling so many times that we’ve even come up with some useful tips for success. You can also check out our post on great ideas for shaving cream art and games.
First, here’s video showing the shaving cream marbling in progress. And scroll down for the step-by-step instructions and photos.
How to Do Shaving Cream Marbling
- Shaving FOAM*
- Shallow baking dish, such as a pie plate or brownie pan
- Liquid watercolor paint (or watered-down food coloring)
- Stir stick, like a chopstick or the bottom of a paint brush
- Card stock**
- A scraper, such as a square piece of cardboard
*We say “shaving cream” marbling, but you’ll want to buy shaving FOAM, not cream. We really like to use the Smartly brand from Target – it’s very cheap and smells like summer (rather than the typical shaving cream scent!)
**While you’d think watercolor paper would be best for this since it involves watercolor paint, you’ll actually get better results with a very smooth surface rather than the textured surface of watercolor paper. Use card stock if you have it or buy a sheet of white poster board and cut it down into small pieces.
Time needed: 1 hour.
- Create a layer of shaving creamFirst, spray a layer of shaving cream to cover the bottom of your baking dish.
- Add colorThen, add drops of liquid watercolor paint on top of the shaving cream. Feel free to add several colors!
Note: If you don’t have liquid watercolors, you can use watered-down food coloring. You can even do this project with other paints, such as tempera or liquid/craft acrylics, although the results will look a bit different.
- Swirl the paintUse a stick (a chopstick, the end of a paint brush, or even a dropper) to swirl the paint around for a marbled effect.
- Press the cardstock onto the creamCarefully press a piece of card stock into the paint-covered shaving cream.
- Remove card from shaving creamCarefully lift up the card stock off the shaving cream.
Then use a piece of cardboard to scrape off the shaving cream, revealing your beautifully marbled paper!
- Repeat!You’ll marble a few papers and then want to add more drops of liquid watercolor to swirl around and make even more! We kept adding different colors and seeing how they popped on the paper.
Note: We like to keep a bowl in the center of the table while we’re working. The shaving cream we scrape off of the newly marbled paper, gets re-scraped into the bowl. And later, when we’re finished with the activity, we use a rubber spatula to scrape the paint-y shaving cream into the trash before washing out the bowls and dishes.
Allow the papers to dry and then enjoy your newly marbled paper!
This classic Artful Parent art activity is so fun! We LOVE our marbled paper! We like to give these out as cards and there are so many ways to reuse the marbled paper for other crafts.