Painting With Shaving Cream

Playing with paint isn’t just for little kids; I found some extra cans of shaving cream rolling around my cabinet at work, and this project was perfect to help kick off spring break!

We experimented quite a bit with it; read on to find out how!

To achieve the marble texture, Jean over at The Artful Parent has a fantastic tutorial.

My group are, by nature, experimenters…who really like to get messy. Which is great, because people don’t usually connect messy painting and libraries! Rather than putting the shaving cream on the cookie sheet I provided, they started spreading it across their hands. Now, we have beautiful handprints of some very creative preteens! They opted for fluorescent paints (which were washable, thank goodness). These are definitely going on display when they’ve fully dried!

After several sheets were covered in handprints, we started thinking about how to keep the 3-dimensional nature of the shaving cream. It turns out regular Elmer’s Glue works spectacularly! To do this, we mixed the shaving cream and about a half-dollar sized amount of glue; this amount will cover an entire sheet of construction paper. Then, the paint was added. When dry, the mix has a shiny, almost gel like appearance like the photo below. This particular sheet was created by folding the sheet in on itself, while the paint mix was in the middle.

This occupied the kids (and my page and I!)  for almost four hours! Rather than only marbling paper, this expanded project allowed for so much more creativity and personality to shine through. It was incredibly easy to clean up, and will also be pretty easy to display.

Have you ever painted with shaving cream or other everyday materials? I’d love to hear about it! I’m always looking for easy, big impact projects!

Here’s to another creative day!

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