Shaving Foam Marbling Tutorial

Did you know that you can paper marbling can be done really easily from items found around the home?  Below is a tutorial explaining the process.  Big thank you to Beth, who took took the photo's below and the time to write up the instructions for us to use in this blog post.

  •   Shaving foam (has to be foam not gel).
  •   A Tray, big enough for your paper.
  •   Ruler, thin piece of wood, palette knife, anything with a straight edge to smooth out the foam.
  •   Cocktail sticks/kebab sticks – something to swirl the paint around.
  •   Paper of any shape and size.
  •   Liquid paints, water colours, acrylic etc or food colouring.
  •   Pipette (optional).
  •   Plenty of kitchen roll.
  •   An Apron.
Note:  This can get very messy so it is advised to wear short
sleeves or just be extra careful if you wear long sleeves.

Step 1:
Give the shaving foam a good shake
then fill your tray up with shaving cream
so it is all covered, around an inch thick:

Step 2:
Using your item with a straight edge,
smooth out all of the shaving foam
so you have a nice flat surface:

Step 3:
Using a pipette (or your choice of item to add
the paint/food colouring) add spots of colour all
around the shaving foam, the more you cover,
the more will show on the paper.

Step 4:
Using a cocktail stick or kebab stick,
draw swirls or patterns in the paint on
the shaving foam.

Step 5:
Gently Lay your paper flat on top
of the shaving cream and gently press down
to transfer the ink to the paper.

Carefully lift up your paper and lay it flat on the table, using your clean ruler or item with a straight edge, slowly and carefully scrape from one side of the paper to the other, to remove any excess shaving foam then leave to fully dry

You can now do what you would like with your marbled paper,
 I made mine into an envelope.

 Thank you  Beth Jackson-D'Zacchaeus for writing and photography for this tutorial!

Checkout Danae's post where she shares her thoughts on taking part in the marbling workshop