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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