Artsy Corgi Fun and Easy Paper Marbling

You and your children will enjoy this fun and easy technique for marbling paper. Instead of expensive materials that could be bad for you, this method uses shaving cream and food coloring. Not only is it inexpensive and nontoxic, it smells great and makes terrific designs! Molly the Artsy Corgi has put her paw of approval on it!

In this post you’ll find:

  • Supply list
  • Step-by-step directions
  • Helpful hints
  • Clean-up tips
  • Variations and adaptations
  • Ways the activity aids children’s mental, physical, and social development
  • Don’t miss a link at the end to my post on Sally Matheny’s blog, Tell the Next Generation. It’s called Children’s Activities: Using Picture Book Layers
  • And as always, a cute photo of Molly the Artsy Corgi

Let’s get started!


  • Old baking sheet
  • Computer paper, cardstock, construction paper, etc.
  • Foam shaving cream, gel doesn’t work
  • Food coloring
  • Knife or spatula
  • Stiff cardboard or plastic square
  • A thin stick, such as the end of a paintbrush handle
  • Paper towels


  1. Spread a thick layer of shaving cream over the baking sheet, kind of like frosting a cake!
  2. Drop food colors in drops all over top of shaving cream
  3. Use stick or end of paintbrush handle to swirl colors on top of shaving cream
  4. Lay paper on top of design and gently pat all around it so the paper touches the shaving cream. Do not push it into the shaving cream.
  5. Peel paper off and lay flat on paper towels
  6. Use the cardboard or plastic square to scrape off and discard the shaving cream
  7. Sometimes the food color smears a little, but it just adds to the design!
  8. Repeat with other paper until the shaving cream design gets too dry
  9. To make a new design, scrape up the used shaving cream from the baking sheet and discard
  10.  Then spread a new layer of shaving cream and repeat the previous steps for new designs

Helpful Hints:

  • After patting the paper, leave for a few seconds more to absorb the colors
  • Also wait for a few seconds after removing the paper before scraping off the shaving cream

Clean up Hints:

  • Cover your work surface with a plastic table cloth
  • Have lots of paper towels for the scraped-off shaving cream. This shaving cream will have food coloring in it.
  • Have a lined wastepaper basket very close for all the paper towels filled with globs of shaving cream and food coloring

Variations and adaptations:

  • This activity is fun for all ages, and even the discarded shaving cream is pretty, with swirled-in food colors
  • Try different color choices.
  • Try different types and colors of papers
  • Try using a fork or comb to swirl the colors
  • Use the designed papers for cards or covers for reports, etc!
  • If you have larger baking sheets, make larger papers to use for book covers or wrapping paper

4 Ways this activity aids children’s mental, physical, and social development

  1. This activity encourages experimentation with colors, designs, and tools.
  2. Making art enhances creativity and refreshes minds and eyes tired from screens.
  3. Making choices in creating art, enhances problem-solving skills.
  4. Discussing the process of making art and their choices builds vocabulary and social skills.

I hope you’ll check out my article “Children’s Activities: Picture Book Layers,” on Sally Matheny’s fantastic blog, Tell the Next Generation to find lots of ways to enjoy picture books with your children! :

Molly hopes you enjoy marbling paper with this fun and easy technique, and will come back for our next Artsy Corgi fun and easy art activity.

Molly posed for me on some rocks near our house , and we enjoyed these warm-colored wildflowers nearby.












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20 thoughts on “Artsy Corgi Fun and Easy Paper Marbling

    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Isn’t it? I don’t know who discovered this method, but it’s so much easier than some of the older methods and lots of fun! Continued safe travels, my friend! I’m enjoying your photos!


  1. CandyceCarden

    My students loved painting on their desk with with shaving cream, but I never knew about this marbling technique. These creations are lovely and you could choose colors based on the season or holiday. Red, white, and blue, anyone?

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    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      What a great idea for seasonal colors, Candyce! I’m intrigued by the idea that your students painted on their desks with shaving cream! What was that like? I hope you’re enjoying a pleasant summer weekend, Candyce.


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Hi J.D.! I hope things on the Cross Dubya are going well. Yes, this marbling method is so cool. I finally had to stop when my wastebasket overflowed with shaving cream and paper towels! Thank you so much for stopping by when I know you must be super busy with ranch work.


  2. photojaq

    What a fun craft. Of course, the BIGGEST challenge is keeping little ones from getting their hands in the shaving cream and mixing it all around like finger painting. Hey, I’m even tempted!.
    In a craft class on a cruise a few years back, we did this to make book marks, using small slips of card stock. It was fun and pretty too.. Thanks!


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Yes, playing in the shaving cream is tempting!! I like the bookmark idea a lot–thank you, Jackie! I hope your week is blessed with refreshing moments with God, family, and friends.


  3. Becky Van Vleet

    What a fun art activity! Kids love to get messy, so playing in shaving cream is perfect. One thing kids can do with leftover shaving cream is practice spelling words or do math problems with it if they spread it out on a workable surface. And it’s so easy to clean up! 🙂


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      That’s a great idea, Becky! It would be a fun way to reuse the tinted shaving cream that’s scraped off from the marbling instead of just throwing it away. I love it, Thank you!


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Molly thanks you so much! She really does seem to enjoy posing. Of course it might be the treats she gets, Lol! I hope your summer is filled with fun family get togethers, Carol! Love to you and John.


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Oh, thank you, Barbara! I hope you get to do that soon!If you scroll through the comments you’ll see other ideas that teachers have suggested for shaving cream! Thank you for stopping by; I hope your summer is going well!


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Thank you, Jeannie! When you were teaching, had you ever heard of using shaving cream to clean desks as Candyce mentioned in her comment? I never had, but I’m sure glad to have discovered it for marbling. It’s easy and fun and nontoxic! I hope you and your grandchildren have a blast making lots of designs!


  4. Katherine Pasour

    Another fun and exciting activity. Time to go buy some shaving cream! Thank you for these wonderful ideas and just in time for summertime.



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