Years ago a client of mine got in touch and asked if I knew how to do some sort of marbling with kids. I remembered vaguely hearing of doing something with paint and oil, but really had no idea. I went to Pinterest (my go-to for DIY projects) and got busy trying all the different methods that were suggested.
First I tried using liquid laundry starch. These were our results (my 3 year old was my helper):
I didn't like how the colors mixed together and we lost our patterns so we moved on to shaving cream marbling. These are our first attempts:
We had so much fun with this method that we set out to perfect it. We tried all the shaving creams on the market and experimented with paper, paint, droppers, and squeegees (hard to believe that's a word...very funny looking).
I volunteered to teach this art project at my daughter's pre-school so we really needed to refine the process. We were making many papers and I found myself working on it at night eager to try out new designs and colors.
Some of our process:
In a class setting I worked with two age groups - preschool and 1st and 2nd grade. They were two day workshops so we made the papers in one class and the little books that I posted at the top of the page in the second.