Paper Marbling for All Ages

Paper Marbling is one of our favorite things to do here at the Wiregrass Museum of Art! We have had great fun working with toddlers through senior citizens on this versatile paper decorating technique. In this video Brook walks you through two different marbling methods: shaving cream + watercolors and chalk pastels + water!

Additional Tips & Tricks 

  • When using the shaving cream method, keep pulling pieces of paper until the shaving cream is white or until you need to add more shaving cream.
  • Colored paper works great with both marbling techniques too!
  • Black paper will work with shaving cream marbling as long as the paint is metallic or neon. 
  • Don’t want to buy or make watercolors but you have acrylic lying around? Use it! Water it down a bit before hand and add it to the shaving cream. 
  • If you do not have bottles to shake the watercolor with you can put the paint in a cup and splatter it with a popsicle stick or a paintbrush. 

Shaving cream marbling materials: 

  • Flat, cleanable or disposable surface – we used old cafeteria trays but anything works from a baking sheet to a piece of cardboard
  • Liquid watercolors – Blick Art Supplies sells them here (to have them last longer, thin them out with water) or you can make your own, we walk you through that here.
  • Shaving cream – your best deal will be at the Dollar Tree
  • Microfiber rags
  • Cardstock – Wal-Mart or Michaels (at Michaels it goes on sale all the time AND you can use your teacher discount, just show your ID at checkout!)

Chalk pastel marbling materials:

  • Plastic tub – your best deal will be at the Dollar Tree
  • Chalk pastels
  • Scissors or popsicle sticks

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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