Shaving Cream Marbling

marbled table numbers

What you’ll need:

– 1 can shaving cream (the foamy white kind, not a gel type)
{I STRONGLY recommend Barbasol, usually works great.}
– 1 shallow dish or tray large enough for your paper
– Colorant (You can use tempera, acrylic or even food coloring)
Note: I used bright colors so they would show in the photos but you can use (or mix) any color combos you like.
– Paper for marbleizing (I used a cardstock tag style)
{If you have silk fabric, it can also be used to create a marbled scarf with a nice pattern.}
– Toothpicks

marbled table numbers

marbled table numbers

marbled table numbers

These directions are for the table numbers but really it is more about the technique itself which can be used for save-the-date cards, place cards, table numbers, etc…

Step 1. Fill your shallow dish or pan with a layer of shaving cream about 1/2 inch thick.

Step 2. Use a sturdy scrap of cardboard to spread the shaving cream into an even layer.

Step 3. Drip your colorants on to the shaving cream.

Step 4. Use the toothpicks to drag the color through the shaving cream. You may need to add more color as you go until you have the proper amount. Drag back and forth in one direction then back and forth crosswise.

Step 5. Gently press your paper into the shaving cream then carefully lift out.

Step 6. Repeat with the rest of your paper. Note, you will have to repeat steps 3 & 4 as the paper will lift the color out of the shaving cream. You can keep using the shaving cream for a while without replacing.

Step 7. As you pull the paper from the shaving cream, set aside. Let them sit for a few minutes so the color can set.

Step 8. Using something stiff such as a piece of cardboard, or even an ID card, gently squeegee the shaving cream off the paper. Use paper towels to wipe the paper clean if necessary.

Step 9. Decorate the marbled paper as desired. If using a calligrapher, they can add the numbers or you can hand-draw or even use a stamp.

marbled table numbers

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