This technique is so fun and easy! It's definitely not new, but I've been wanting to do it again and post tips and technique tricks about marblizing fabric with shaving cream.
The post is a 2-part post, so please be sure and read both posts to see more gorgeous results as well as seeing how Natalie, who is now 8 years old, learned this technique and see her modeling her outfit.
This post will mainly consist of what you will need and how this works. THESE TIPS AND TECHNIQUE TRICKS WILL SAVE YOU QUITE A BIT OF TIME - definitely worth reading both blog posts.
The supplies you will need are:
100% cotton white fabric/muslin --
(about 1/2 a yard 45" wide for small girl's skirt)
Purchased 100% white cotten t-shirts (optional)
Basic Shaving Cream (not gel), I used Barbasal
Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paint - I used Royal Blue & Turquoise for an outfit and Grape & Petal Pink for another outfit.
Tulip Glitter Dimensional Fabic Paint - Silver (Optional if you want a little sparkle)
Foil Pan for Oven Bottom (that catches drippings) (Optional, but I found it so easy to use and it only cost a $1. I used it to spray the shaving cream into and to mix it. It is even big enough to handle large areas of fabric.
You can also cut up a trashbag to use for large pieces of fabric, then you would have a place big enough to also flip the fabric onto for scraping.
Paper napkins and Scraper - I used a pink plastic cake icing spreader that I use for crafts to scrap the shaving cream off the fabric, but you can use any flat tool or cardboard edge.
Newspaper / Garbage Bags for clean up
toothpick or skewer to mix the paints
Old cardboard pieces to wipe excess shaving cream mixture when scraping off of fabric.
Disposable Gloves (optional)
How to Mix The Paint
Here's a picture of the Royal Blue and Turquoise and Silver fabric paint in the shaving cream. I've already placed the fabric in the shaving cream mixture a couple of times. You can see the excess that I scraped from the fabric on a piece of cardboard on the righthand side. You can continue to add paint to the cream and mix it as long as your shaving cream is still thick enough.
Spray the shaving cream about a half inch thick. Drizzle on the fabric paint. I recommend only using two colors with some sparkle. It is best to use one dark and one light color. The colors may muddy if you use two dark colors. Also be careful in selecting the two colors. It probably works best with a light and a dark of the same color. All you need to do to mix the colors is to take something like a toothpick or skewer and swirl with just the tip to mix the paint after you have drizzled the colors you want onto the shaving cream.
It is your choice as far as how much paint you want to drizzle onto the shaving cream. What you want to remember is this is marblizing not dying, you want some white areas to show and you don't want to mix your colors so much that you end up with one color. Simply swirl the tip of the toothpick in and around the paint drizzles until it looks like ribbon candy. You want to be able to distinquish the colors.
Of course, using more of the dark will create a more saturated finish on the fabric and a little of this paint goes a long way. Try experimenting on small scraps of fabric first.
HOW TO USE THE SHAVING CREAM/PAINT MIXTURE WITH THE FABRIC
Here is the grape, petal pink and silver I used for a little girl's skirt and headband. See to the right where I covered the oven foilpan (used to go in the bottom of the oven) with shaving cream. It is very shallow and perfect for this project. You can also tell about how thick I got the shaving cream I used and you can see the swirls I made in the paint with a skewer as a mixer. It reminds me of ribbon candy.
To the left you can see two pieces of fabric I used to make a headband. These are pieces of white 100% cotton muslin. I don't know how this would work on synthetics. I laid the fabric in the cream and lightly used my fingers to gently press the fabric into the paint/cream mixture. The results are almost instant. You can usually see the back of the fabric absorbing the paint. Then I laid the fabric on a poster board. You can use newspaper or trashbags; I happened to have this poster board already. Then I scraped off the cream and Voila -- pretty, pretty. I still don't know how this works; must be something in the shaving cream.
I really liked using that pink plastic/rubber icing spreader to scrap off the excess cream. The shaving cream actually has the consistency of cake icing. NOTE -- IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to scrap off the excess shaving cream after each scrap of the fabric and then wipe the scrapper clean with a paper towel or damp old cloth before using it again. Paint will build up and appear on the next section of fabric you scrap if you don't clean after each scrapping.
NOTE - It is important to marblize all of your fabric at one time. The colors are going to vary of course that is part of its uniqueness, but do not marblize half of your fabric and put your things away and marblize the other half with a totally new batch of shaving cream mixture. The fabric pieces would probably be too different.
You can also cut a trashbag length wise if you want to cover a big area with the shaving cream. You'd have an area to flip your fabric onto as well for scraping.
Making designs and masking with freezer paper
If you want to make a design on a tshirt, for example, make a stencil out of a large sheet of freezer paper. Here I used a foam stamp and traced out a design of three flowers.
The freezer paper needs to be large enough to fold over the area you are going to marblize. See below. This is important because you are going to take this whole piece and put it down into the foam and the open area of the stencil is going to be covered in the cream misture as well as the areas around it.
Scrap at usual when you remove the piece from the cream, but DO NOT TAKE THE FREEZER PAPER OFF UNTIL THE PAINT IS COMPLETELY DRY - AT LEAST 24 HOURS
Here's the heart I cut out of a piece of freezer paper and used as a stencil. You can find freezer paper in your grocery store. The secrets to masking your design are -- 1 - keep the design simple, very simple -- 2 measure and place where you want the stencil to appear on the shirt -- 3 iron the freezer paper shiny side down -- 4 iron with a dry iron and iron it several times especially around the open stencil areas. You can use an ironing cloth if you need, but iron it really good. You should be able to see the freezer paper discoloring a little.
The shiny side of the freezer paper acts as a temporary adhesive.
Results of the fabric -- skirt and tshirt
Here's the fabric using the grape, petal pink and silver. See the hint of sparkle from the silver. I waited 72 hours for the paint to cure as specified by the directions from the manufacturer. Then I ironed the fabric to heat set the paint; however, the fabric was good to go - even for a washing -- as long as you waited the 72 hours.
Pick a simple garment to sew like this skirt when using this technique.
This fabric was 15 inches in length and I used from selvage to selvage. The length of the skirt from waist to hem is 12 inches. The excess inches were used for the hem and waistband casing.
This is a size 8 little girl's tshirt. These are the three flowers I used with the masking of the freezer paper as a stencil. I added the leaves, sparkle and background colors with various fabric paints I had on hand.
I hope you've enjoyed this post. Be sure to see the Grand Finale in Post 2.
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