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Kaleidoscopic Shaving Cream Painting

Here’s an easy peasy art prah-gwah (to borrow 2-year-old R’s word for “project” — I died a little when she adopted the correct pronunciation 😂) that involves multi-sensory fun and renders gloriously dynamic paintings. Really, the resulting imagery — MADE BY A KID — recalls the best Abstract Expressionism. It reminds us of gazing through a kaleidoscope lens. 

R seriously lives for shaving cream activities — they make her giddy with excitement. And I get it, it can be quite satisfying spraying the cream and forming swirly little snow mounds. So I’m sure this is a project that will quickly become a favorite and we’ll frequently revisit. 

I bet you can cull all required supplies from within your cozy home, without venturing into the cold, outside world. Here’s what you need:

  • Paper (the thicker the better — card stock is ideal but cardboard or foam board will work)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Chopstick or skewer 
  • Ruler
  • Work surface 

  1. On a baking sheet (or any surface designated for containing an arty mess), generously apply the shaving cream. You may need to spread it out with a spatula or the like. 
  2. Squirt several drops of food coloring (in different colors) on top of the shaving cream, making sure that the color appears evenly in various areas. 
  3. With a skewer or chopstick, swirl the entire surface of shaving cream until you’re satisfied with the composition. You want a marbled look, with colors harmonizing and interacting with each other. The shaving cream itself should look like a beautiful work of art. 
  4. Press your paper against the cream
  5. With a hard ruler (or any hard, straight item), scrape the shaving cream off the paper. You can repeat the process several times with different sheets of paper, using the shaving cream as a printing matrix until the color is dull.You’ll be left with a sort of monotype print — to display and appreciate, or to write upon or use as you would any other craft/design paper. Major Voila!! 
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