What better way to herald the beginning of February than with a Valentine/Galentine's Day paper craft? I was introduced to this fun and colorful project by today's guest, Megan Tillotson.
Megan is a wife, mother, teacher and blogger over at Yours Ever. When she's not chasing her one year-old around, she enjoys trying new recipes, going to the Art Institute of Chicago and getting creative. One of her 2017 goals is to master HTML and CSS.
I’ve always been drawn to the look of marbling and was so excited the first time I tried this easy method for marbling paper and got a great result. Some descriptions for marbling paper make the process look intimidating and complicated—often involving oil, special paint, and tools. This technique, however, requires only a few things that you probably already have on hand: shaving cream, food coloring, and a baking dish. Zero skill is needed. In fact, I’ve even done it with first graders! It is such a fun and striking way to create colorful homemade Valentines. Be careful though, it’s addicting!
- Food coloring
- Shaving cream (Make sure it’s the foam kind and not the gel.)
- Rectangular baking dish (We used disposable aluminum ones, but glass would work, too.)
- Any kind of tool for swirling (fork, toothpick, bobby pin, spatula. We used the end of a plastic spoon and it worked great.)
- Thin piece of sturdy cardboard or plastic ruler
1. Start by shaking up the bottle of shaving cream really well, then fill the bottom of your pan with a nice thick layer of shaving cream. Next, put a few drops of food coloring into the shaving cream. We split our pans in half, doing one color combo on each side.
2. After you place your drops of food coloring, swirl the colors around with the tool of your choice. Don’t overmix because you want to create a gentle, swirly pattern. Also, don’t worry about trying to create the marbling look-it will happen on its own!
3. Next, gather any scraps of paper, envelopes, paper hearts that you want to use and place the item face down into the shaving cream. Lightly press it down so that the shaving cream covers the surface of the paper.
4. Gently lift the paper from the shaving cream and lay on a flat surface. Using a clean piece of cardboard (or a plastic ruler), carefully slide it over your paper to remove the shaving cream. Wipe away any remaining shaving cream and set aside to dry.
5. You can continue adding more paper to the remaining shaving cream to make additional designs. Swirl it around again, add more cream or more food coloring, or a different color to change the look. You can cut hearts out beforehand or cut them from the marbled paper. We did both! We even marbled a photo mat to add a punch of color to a white picture frame.
6. Get creative! Try marbling index cards, notepads, calendar pages. The sky is the limit! Enjoy making a colorful mess! When you're done, the shaving cream cleans up easily. Just carefully run the pan under the sink.
7. If you choose to send your paper to a friend or valentine, vellum envelopes are a great choice—allowing the pattern and colors to peek through!
Then, simply scribble a little note, poem, or quote to a friend and send your creations on their way to brighten someone else's day!