Little C and I have been having a blast every week with our Try It Tuesday activities. This week, I would like to share one of our favorite ways to paint. Have you ever made marbled paper with shaving cream, and paint? I love the marbled effect this technique makes, and it is so simple that Little C (age 2.5) can be very involved. It has become a tradition in our household to make a marbled garland for every season, and since fall is fast approaching, I thought it was about time to replace our summer fish garland, with a fall leaf garland.
- Shaving Cream (the foam kind, not the gel kind)
- A large tray
- Spatula, or spoon to smooth the shaving cream out
- Paint (you can use tempera paint, liquid watercolors, or acrylic paint)
- Card stock paper
- Leaf template from firstpalette.com
- Squeegee, or a piece of sturdy cardboard
- Single hole punch
- Ribbon, twine, or yarn
- Wax paper, or a table cloth to place the finished leaves on
- Gather your materials
- Draw, or print out some fall leaves. Click here to find the maple leaf templates we used. This link also has several other types of leaves to choose from if you would like to use a different type of leaf .
- Staple your leaf template to a few pages of cardstock. I only do three pages at a time. I find that stapling the paper together makes cutting so much easier, since the staples help ensure the pages don’t slide around as you are cutting the leaves out.
- Spray your shaving cream/foam onto your tray.
- Smooth your shaving cream out so that you have a flat surface. You can use the back of a spoon, but I like to use a spatula because it’s quicker.
- Squeeze fall colored paint onto your shaving cream. I used a combination of red, yellow, and orange tempera, and acrylic paint. You don’t have to do this in any particular pattern, just make sure you get a good mixture of all of your colors all over the shaving cream. In order to get the marbled effect, you are going to want your colors to overlap.
- Take a long skewer, or a plastic knife, and gently run it through your shaving cream in order to slightly swirl the colors together. Make sure you just run he stick through a few times, and don’t use a stirring motion, because if everything becomes all one color, then you won’t get a marbled effect.
- Gently press your card stock leaf on top of the shaving cream, and paint mixture.
- Slowly peel the leaf up, and place it paint side up onto a tray. I like to use a cookie sheet.
- Use a squeegee, or a piece of sturdy card board to scrape the shaving cream, and paint off of your leaf. Hold one end of your leaf down with your finger, and scrape the leaf from one end to the other. Sometimes my daughter likes to help with this step, but it’s usually her holding on to the handle of the squeegee, while I do all the work. She is only 2.5, but her older cousins are able to do the scraping on their own. We have done this with the flaps off of cardboard boxes, and it works just as well as a squeegee.
- After scrapping your leaves off, place them on top of some wax paper, or any other nonstick surface. I usually use a long strip of wax paper as a drying surface for all of our art projects. I love the fact that I can fold the wax paper up, and reuse it next time.
- When your leaves are dry, use a single hole puncher, to punch two holes in your leaf. I wanted my leaves to be hung point up, so I punched my holes near the top of my leaf.
- String your leaves onto twine, yarn, or thin ribbon. We used burlap twine, since burlap goes so perfect with fall decor. Thread your string down one hole, then back up the next hole so that your string is on the back side of your leaf.
- Hang your garland up, and enjoy your beautiful fall decor!
I hope this tutorial, and these pictuers have inspired you to make your own marble print decor. I am defintely loving the pop of color this garland adds to our home. If you live in the southern hemisphere, and spring is around the corner, then you might want to use pastel colors, and make some marbled print birds, or flowers instead. Just use your imagination! Marble print garlands are perfect for any occasion, and marble printed paper makes a beautiful background for just about anything. Happy crafting, and don’t forget to check back next Tuesday to see what we have in store for Try It Tuesday next week!