Paper Marbling Materials
- shaving cream
- food coloring or paints
- shallow pan, large enough for your paper
- squeegee or paper towels
The other material used in this project is pigment or ink. The blue/red/green box in the photo is wrapped with marbled paper colored using food coloring. The pink/orange/blue box is wrapped with marbled paper that was colored with tempera poster paints. You can use any pigment you like, so be creative!
Make Marbled Paper
- Spread a thin layer of shaving cream in the bottom of the pan. I used a spoon, but you can use a knife or spatula or your fingers. All you need is a shallow coating.
- Dot the surface of the shaving cream with food coloring or paint or pigment or whatever colorant you are using.
- Use your imagination to pattern the colors. I simply ran the tines of a fork through the colors in a wavy fashion. Don't get too enthusiastic swirling your colors or else they will run together.
- Lay your paper on top of the colored layer in the pan. I smoothed the paper out over the shaving cream.
- Remove the paper and either squeegee off the shaving cream (wiping between passes) or wipe the shaving cream off with a dry paper towel. If you do this carefully, none of your colors will run or be distorted.
- Allow your paper to dry. If it curls, you can iron it flat using low heat. I didn't have any problem with printer paper distorting.