Marbled Leaves

 

If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know that marbling with shaving cream is one of our favorite art techniques. Here are a few examples: Marbled Hearts {our first attempt at this technique}, Marbled Pumpkins, and Marbled Christmas Trees.

This time around, after we hadn’t revisited this technique since Christmas, I wanted to change things up a bit with a greater focus on the theme. I didn’t just want to marble a whole sheet of paper {or craft foam like we did with Marbled Eggs}, then cut it down to whatever shape we wanted as we previously had. Check out what we did for this year’s Marbled Leaves!

 

Marbled Leaves: Yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique - my favorite yet!

(E was 3 years and 11 months old.)

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To create your own Marbled Leaves, you’ll need:

  • Shaving cream.
  • Leaf cookie cutters. {For this project, we used cheap plastic cookie cutters from the dollar store but we also have this set – it’s called Halloween Cookie Cutter Set but has several fall designs and leaves as well.}
  • Liquid watercolors. {Tempera paint works as well, and we’ve used it with this technique before. However, the combination of liquid watercolors and watercolor paper that we used this time resulted in a unique effect in the final results.}
  • Heavy paper or craft foam {we used watercolor paper}.
  • Eye dropper.
  • Item to mix the paint into the shaving cream. We used a chopstick but you could simply use a paintbrush or any similar items you have on hand.
  • Tray, baking dish or similar to work in.
  • Popsicle stick, piece of cardboard or similar to wipe the shaving cream off.

 

 

 

In order to focus more on our leaves theme, I wanted to see if we could use cookie cutters to make leaf-shaped prints.

E started by arranging the cookie cutters in our baking dish, then added shaving cream to one of the cookie cutters.

 

Marbled Leaves - yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique!

 

I smoothed out the top with a chopstick to make a leaf-shaped canvas for E to decorate with liquid watercolors. {E wasn’t really able to smooth it out herself, as the sides of the baking dish were a bit too high and didn’t leave much room to maneuver with a chopstick held horizontally. You may want to choose something with lower sides or a larger surface area.}

 

Marbled Leaves - yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique!

 

Marbled Leaves - yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique!

 

As usual, she then used the chopstick to swirl the paint around for the marbled effect.

 

Marbled Leaves - yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique!

 

When she made the print, I was extremely happy with how well the leaf shape transferred to the paper!

 

Marbled Leaves: Yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique - my favorite yet!

 

This is what it looked like after we’d let it sit for a bit, then scraped the shaving cream off. She’d used quite a large amount of paint, and in combination with the watercolor paper we’d used for the first time, the effect was a bit different than in previous marbled projects but I really liked it.

 

Marbled Leaves - yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique!

 

E clearly wasn’t nearly as impressed with the leaf shape as I was, and she spent some time just playing with the shaving cream.

 

Marbled Leaves: Yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique - my favorite yet!

 

Afterwards, she did make several more marbled leaves on her own with varying levels of success.

 

Marbled Leaves: Yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique - my favorite yet!

 

My initial plan of making leaf-shaped prints really only worked with the simplest leaf cookie cutter, the ones that had more corners didn’t produce a sharp outline.

That didn’t keep us from turning ALL prints into marbled leaves, of course – I just placed the cookie cutter back on top of those prints that didn’t have an obvious outline and traced it with a pencil. Finally, E and I cut along the lines, and we ended up with beautiful leaves. {Note one that E cut out at the top middle of the picture below – I was pretty impressed with how close she was, and I didn’t correct her.}

 

Marbled Leaves: Yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique - my favorite yet!

 

This is what the baking dish looked like when we were done:

 

Marbled Leaves: Yet another variation on the shaving cream marbling technique - my favorite yet!

 

Do you think we were able to bear just washing those beautiful colors away? No way! We used what was left for a new baking soda and vinegar activity!

 

 

 

 Have you tried shaving cream marbling? What’s your favorite marbled decoration? Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

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