Shaving cream and food color come together to make colorful swirls and unique designs.

Make your own marble prints with shaving cream

This fun (and messy) project for all ages is inspired by the paintings of Harlem Renaissance painter, Beauford Delaney. Your final creation can be displayed as a print, folded into a card, or used as the background for a collage or drawing. Share what you make by tagging us on Instagram @themintmuseum #artathome.

SUPPLIES

  • Baking sheet or tray (large enough to fit your paper and deep enough to hold shaving cream)
  • White shaving cream
  • Paint or food coloring
  • Stick or toothpick (end of paintbrush works too)
  • Plastic ruler or other flat edge that can get wet
  • Paper
  • Paper towels or cleaning cloth
  • Open space to lay out your prints

STEPS

1. Cover bottom of sheet pan with shaving cream.

2. Drizzle paint or food coloring on top of shaving cream and use a stick to swirl colors together. Be careful not to over mix or colors will become muddy.

3. Press paper gently into shaving cream making sure to get the whole sheet to make contact.

4. Lift from one corner and remove the paper (shaving cream will stick to it). Lay it dry side down on paper towels or a surface that can be washed.

5. Starting at one end, scrape off shaving cream with ruler or flat edge.

6. Lightly blot your paper with a clean paper towel or rag and let dry. You can use the same shaving cream a second time to make a lighter version of the first. Just repeat steps 3-6.