Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shaving Cream Print Tutorial

Making marbleized paper is fun and this is what you need to get started:  Can of shaving cream (Barbisol), liquid water colors, scrap paper, paint brush, toothpicks, Popsicle stick, a card for scraping and some paper to print on.   
You can see our set-up above.  
To make your print...  
Place your card on your worksheet and trace around it with a crayon.
Make your tracing slightly larger than your card.  This will mark the place the shaving cream will go.
Squirt some shaving cream into the rectangle and spread it out with a Popsicle stick (like you're frosting a cake).
Place your stick on the top of your paper for next time.
Brush on some drops of liquid water color onto your shaving cream.
(We had separate tables for warm colors and cool colors.)

Use a toothpick to swirl your colors.
Place your toothpick on the edge of your paper when finished.
Place your printing paper on top of your shaving cream and press lightly with your finger tip.
Press a little more to make sure there are no air bubbles.

Pull your print by peeling back the paper beginning at one edge.
Place face up on your second worksheet.
Place one finger on your card to keep if from slipping and 
scrape the shaving cream off your print using half an index card.
Scrape the extra shaving cream off your card into the small plastic tray.
You can use your pop stick to get the shaving cream off the card if you need to.

Move your print to the drying table.
Use the hair dryer to dry your print.

And there you have it...  
Marbleized paper made with shaving cream and liquid water colors.

We're making bookmarks with our marbleized paper...what will you do with yours?


  1. Hi Barb, after seeing shaving cream prints on lots of blogs, I tried it out. Except I did it directly on the table, and it worked great. I wiped up the shaving cream with a sponge, rinsed the sponge and wiped again and the table was sparkly clean.

    I'm thinking about using the process for some swirly Van Gogh skies but I may wait and use it the process as a background for some dragons, so I think I'll be doing them much bigger than you. So my only question as I move forward will be figuring out how many cans of shaving cream I'm going to need.

  2. Thanks for this. Can you post some tutorials on print making?

  3. I've never heard of this print making idea before. The results are lovely.