Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shaving Cream Marbled Rainbows

I've said it before, but I just LOVE Marbling with Shaving cream.  It is such an easy way to marble paper with lovely results.  Rainbows have been quite popular the past month, so we decided to create some Shaving Cream Marbled Rainbows.  It is the same process as our Shaving Cream Marbled Hearts, but I will still go over the steps to review.



First, spread out some foamy shaving cream on a flat surface or in a tray or pan.  Smooth it out a bit.



Then use either food colors or liquid watercolors and put blobs of color with a paint brush or eye dropper.   We made the colors in Rainbow order: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet.  Liquid Watercolors give the most vibrant color!



Next swirl/marble the colors with a stick.  We used a kebab stick.  You could use a toothpick, popsicle stick, or even a stick from outdoors. If you had a fancy comb you could use that too.



Gorgeous color!



Now put a piece of paper on top of the swirled colors and press down and smooth your hands over the paper.



Lift up the paper.



Then use a flat edge to scrape the shaving cream off the paper.  You could use a lid cut in half or even a piece of cardboard with a straight edge.



Scraping off the shaving cream reveals Gorgeous Rainbow Marbled Paper!



This is a lighter version when the shaving cream and pigment have mixed up.  If you want brighter results put a brand new clean layer of shaving cream and add the Liquid watercolors.


What would you create with this Rainbow Marbled Paper?




35 comments:

  1. You can use it for your cover page on facebook! It looks so beautiful and perfect for your blog! I just love rainbows!

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    1. Yes Esther I was thinking the same thing! Rainbows are the best!

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  2. The colours are gorgeous, Melissa! It doesn't matter how many times you do this activity, it still seems magical. The rainbow effect is amazing here!

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    1. Thanks Happy Hooligans! It is magical every time. I agree.

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  3. This method can also be used with fabric rather than paper. Then incorporate the fabric into a quilt. Lovely!

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    1. You are right. A reader asked if this could be done on fabric and it sure can! Here is you tube tutorial on it:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhBJiQjn3zA

      Thank you!

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  4. This is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. Beautiful. I don't know why it's taking me so long to do this activity, but you've got it back on my to do list! Yours turned out simply gorgeous :-)

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    1. We've done it a few times already! Can't wait to see your take on it!

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  6. Wow! I never thought a using rainbow colors for that! So beautiful! What do you do with the shaving cream after? I recycle it to make another project: http://de-tout-et-de-rien-caroline.blogspot.com/2012/02/tableau-de-peinture-boursoufflee.html

    It's still in it's frame on my fireplace mantle :)

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    1. Thanks Caroline! I kept seeing rainbows the past month and thought, why not do marbling in rainbow colors!
      Thanks for your tips.

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  7. I am going to do this and frame it as art for my new room. It's going to be great.

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  8. I love how it feels and more, I love how it looks. Or do I mean it the other way around? Kids love this exploration!! Try some combs and things to make design, too.

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  9. I love how the liquid watercolors worked. So pretty!!

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  10. This is so pretty!!! sharing this on FB :)

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  11. This is a great idea! I think I will have the kids make a few and cut them out in the shape of an egg for Easter. Thanks!

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  12. i LOVE this idea!!!! do you think it would work on canvas?

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I've seen it done on fabric here:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhBJiQjn3zA

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  13. We did this once for christmas envelopes but only used christmas colors... We did the same thing but we just used a napkin to wipe it off... It lookes the same to me. But now im going to go look for liquid colors instead of food colors!

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  14. I tried this with my daughter, but we couldn't seem to get the beautiful swirls you got. Any tips?

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    1. Hi,

      We used liquid watercolors and we used new shaving cream each time. Don't mix it up too much or the
      colors get muddy. Hope this helps out.

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  15. This is beautiful... What kind of paper do you use???

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    1. We used white sketch paper....thicker than just computer paper.

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  16. Could you use acrylic paint instead of water color?

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    1. Yes, but water the acrylic paint down. Let me know how it goes with acrylic paint.

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  17. Hi Melissa, thanks for this.. I've tried this before and got the same results... only 2 things:

    1) the paper picked up these really tiny brown/black spots, that would go away if I rubbed at them, but then, it kind of made the paint powder off slightly, too (not very noticeable unless you looked close)

    2) your comment about "This is a lighter version when the shaving cream and pigment have mixed up. If you want brighter results put a brand new clean layer of shaving cream and add the Liquid watercolors" - can you explain this? You mean afterwards you gob another layer of shaving cream on top of the painting, and....?

    3) any ideas how to make this last longer? Maybe to spray some kind of fixer over it? But what...?

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Natasha, I've never seen the brown/black spots so I am not sure about that.

      For your #2 comment I mean to just wash away the shaving cream and watercolors and put a whole new layer on the tray/pan. So basically begin again because the colors begin to get muddier and muddier. Does that make sense?

      And #3 what do you mean by making it last longer? The colors have not faded on my marbled creations a year later. I would recommend using liquid watercolors for best results or bright Neon Food Colors.

      Good Luck and do not hesitate to ask more questions.

      Melissa

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    2. Thanks so much, Melissa! Makes sense now :) hmmm, yes, will try and figure out about the black spots - and thanks, glad to know it lasts long if I use liquid watercolours!

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