Marbleizing with Water Color and Shaving Cream
Marble patterns are one of the hottest fashion and décor trends of 2015. While traditional marbleizing techniques involve a complicated process of floating oil-based paint on warm water baths, it’s easy to marble paint at home using Pentel’s water color paints and a friendly visitor from the medicine cabinet: shaving cream.
- Pentel Arts Water Colors
- Shaving cream (regular, not gel)
- Cookie sheet or tray
- Pipettes or eyedroppers (paint brushes will work in a pinch)
- White cardstock
- Spatula or straight-edge ruler
Smooth out the shaving cream into a level surface (an old gift card or scrap of cardboard will do the job nicely).
Take a flat piece of white cardstock and press it to the surface of the shaving cream in one smooth movement. As soon as it sticks to the shaving cream, use your hands to press it into the shaving cream, making sure every inch of the paper makes contact with the paint and shaving cream below. Note, you can use regular white paper instead of cardstock, just be sure it is absorbent and non-glossy. You will find better results if the paint sticks to a porous/absorbent surface.
Use a spatula or flat-edged ruler to swipe away the shaving cream. Try to remove as much shaving cream as you can in one or two swoops, but if there are some foamy spots left, don’t worry. In a few hours most of the shaving cream will dissolve and evaporate, and it will be easy to wipe away any residual soap with a paper towel.
Use your newly marbled creation for wrapping presents, making cards, or just to hang up as art in your home. Nobody will ever guess you made it yourself with paint and shaving cream!
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