Painting with Shaving Cream

Technique of the Week

Essentials IV Ornament Box CC.jpg

The box can be either glazed or stained on the inside. In order to use the container for food, however, it must be glazed. If stained, you can only put wrapped candies inside. The outside finish is a non-fired technique. It can be rinsed under water but not soaked or put into the dishwasher.

  1. First lay out a sheet of waxed paper long enough to bring up around the sides of the piece you are painting.
  2. Squirt a layer of shaving cream onto the waxed paper about a 1/2″ thick.
  3. Spread evenly with a palette knife.
  4. Choose two colors of stain for your piece. Here we used red and green. On small pumpkins we used orange and brown.
  5. Drizzle one color stain over the shaving cream in an up-and-down motion. Drizzle the second color in a side-to-side motion.
  6. Using a palette knife swirl through the paint and shaving cream so that it looks like a marble cake. Do not overmix or you will get mud.
  7. Bring the waxed paper up around the sides of the piece and press firmly in place, making sure to cover the entire piece. It will be messy and the shaving cream will squeeze out.
  8. Take the entire piece to the sink.  Toss the paper into the trash and rinse the shaving cream off the piece.  Pat dry with a paper towel.
  9. Using a small brush, add some streaks of gold throughout the piece. Also paint the hanger on the top of the box.
  10. Let dry and spray with a gloss fixative.

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Where having Fun is why we come!

What a very fun, messy technique that the kids will love.
With a little assistance from Mom even toddlers can do it.
What a beautiful gift for a loved one this Christmas
something that they made themselves.

About carolscarouselcreations

I am a retired math teacher. My jusband and I have been pouring, cleaning, firing, and painting ceramics since 1970 and have been teaching since 1972. We are both Duncan certified and members of IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Caramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers), a local chapter in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We have a home studio where we teach Technique Workshops and have Open Class time. We also have a party van which we take to local nursing homes. A new addition in 2020 is our online Facebook Live classes/demonstrations. We have two Etsy stores AfAfKidsNFriends for our African-American pieces and CarolsCarouselShoppe for our carousels. Find us on Facebook at CarolsCarouselCreations or send us an email to
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