Art paper, rectangular baking dish (or disposable tin pan), can of shaving
cream, acrylic paints, popsicle sticks.


In 13th century Eastern Europe (modern day Turkey), an art form emerged and eventually spread in popularity all across the Asian landscape to the far-reaching border of China. Artisans combined water, plant oils, and mineral pigments to create intricate marbling patterns that they transferred onto


  1. Spray a generous amount of shaving cream onto the bottom of the rectangular baking pan.
  2. Use a popsicle stick to spread the shaving cream until it is level.
  3. Dollop 3-4 different paint colors around the smooth shaving cream. (Creating a pattern)
  4. Use a clean popsicle stick to lightly swirl the dollops of paint on the surface of the shaving cream. Don’t stir or mix the paint. The paint should just rest on the top layer of the shaving cream.
  5. Press a piece of art paper over the marbled pattern. Use the palm of your hand to smooth the paper from edge to edge. Press gently to ensure the transfer of color.
  6. Lift the paper in one swift motion. The shaving cream will have formed peaks on the paper. Set the print aside to begin the drying process.
  7. When the shaving cream is nearly dry, use a clean popsicle stick to scrape the excess paint and shaving cream off the page. Stroke from one side of the page all the way to the other side, following the natural pattern of the print.

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