Marbled Shaving Cream Prints

 
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Inspired by the gorgeous colors in Sarah Jacoby's Forever or a Day, I finally decided it was time to try some marbled shaving cream prints.  I've seen this idea floating around the internet for a while now, but this was my first foray into shaving cream art.  Two things you should know before you start: 

1.  This is soooo messy!

2.  This is soooo fun!  Totally worth the mess.  The prints are gorgeous, and the kids had a blast.   But if the weather's nice, let me suggest this as an outside activity.  In bathing suits.  Near a hose.

Materials:

  • shaving cream (we got one for sensitive skin from the dollar store)
  • shallow trays to contain the mess (HA!)
  • liquid water color
  • pipettes or eye droppers
  • toothpicks
  • card stock or watercolor paper cut to desired size
  • something to scrape with (we used a rectangle of cardboard... you could try an old credit card, a popsicle stick, a squeegee... just make sure what you use is fairly sturdy)
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Steps:

1.  Spray a layer of shaving cream in your tray and smooth down the top

2.  Use the pipette to drop liquid watercolor onto the shaving cream surface

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3.  Swirl colors together with the toothpick.  I encouraged my kids to make "s" and "8" shapes. 

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4. Press your paper firmly on top of the shaving cream and lift up.

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Your paper will look something like this:

 We rolled out a long piece of butcher paper to do the scraping on.

We rolled out a long piece of butcher paper to do the scraping on.

5.  Applying gentle downward pressure, scrape off the shaving cream.  My kids thought this part was so cool!  It's basically magic.

 Ta-da!

Ta-da!

You can make multiple prints from the same color swirl, or add on a layer of fresh shaving cream and start again!

6.  Let your kids loose with shaving cream while silently repeating the mantra, "my children are washable, my children are washable..."  

 Three year old having the time of her life

Three year old having the time of her life

 Love these so much!

Love these so much!

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Anna Harpe