I love color. The brighter it is the better. I love animal print too, but that’s another day’s adventure. Today however, it was bright color, and something that smells good while you are doing it. I painted a mug with shaving cream! Insert squealing and happy dance here. I was so excited. I love marbling papers with shaving cream and food coloring, but I wanted more. I’m craft greedy. I needed to reach up and grab hold of the next ledge of shaving. With a wicked grin and a can of shaving cream I searched for and found my acrylic paints and a soup mug.
I assembled my finds on the counter and then realized, I needed a container that would hold the shaving cream and allow me to dip in a soup mug without overflowing and allowing my floor and counter to become a victim to a drive by painting. When feeling creative, one reaches out for creative things, I used an empty ice cream container. It was perfect!! I love the fact that its square, that makes it easier to work with somehow, I felt like I could manuver better anyway. Find your container that allows you to move the piece and not feel like you are constantly having to be super careful .
Once I had my amazing work station all ready, I loaded it up with the shaving cream. Yes I did sing the shaving cream song. How do you not when you are using shaving cream. If you have no idea what the shaving cream song is look up on YouTube the Dr. Demento Shaving cream song. You’re welcome for getting that stuck in your head.
After my fluffy pit was the perfect depth for dunking ( about 1/2 inch to 1″ deep) , I picked out my colors. I chose the colors from our wedding, I was being all mushy that day since my darling hubby was home. I used drops, I didn’t just squirt it in. I placed my dots around in there in a semi-random, semi-organized manner. Then I took my tooth pick and I began the same steps to marble paper, the swirls and twirls were fun to do.
If you have ever watched finger printing being done, that’s the method I used, I started on one side and gingerly rolled it to the other. I won’t lie when I picked it up it was a fluffy colorful mess! I let it set out over night and in the morning I knew I had to set it somehow. I got out the Google and did what any person does now a days and I looked it up. Over on Daycare.com they had an article on how to set acrylic paint on ceramic. I reasoned, I used acrylic paint so it made sense to use this method.
I turned my oven on to 375 degrees. I placed my mug upside down on a cookie sheet. I then slid that bad boy in the oven. Now if I recall they said it should bake for like 20 minutes or so. Lesson learned by me and passed on to you, shaving cream in the mix makes that time a lot less. I think we went 13 minutes and the house was filling with a soft haze. After shutting off the oven and opening a few windows, I danced like a toddler at the oven. The shaving cream had , hmm melted I guess and the bright vivid colors and swirls had molded to the mug, I left the oven door a crack and let the oven and the mug slowly cool down.
When my mug was all cool, I looked it over for any spots that may need attention. I found a couple spots where there had been no color, so there was a slight oil left behind. I gentle wiped it away and then set about sealing my mug. Now here I will tell you, there is no food safe sealer. You cannot seal any area where you are going to have contact with it like eating and drinking from it. Again, my hard lesson learned ( my soup mug is now a lovely planter.) I used Mod Podge. After applying 3 coats, my beautiful masterpiece was complete. It now holds my lovely little carnation and I can’t help but grin every time I look at it. Now I have to make one for me to actually use!!