Puffy Ice Cream Craft

Puffy Ice Cream Craft

Artwork projects displaying ice cream cones and an ice cream sundae created using pink and blue puff paint

Inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s delectable food paintings—which are now on view at the Brandywine through April 10, 2022, as part of the special exhibition Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings—here is a fun craft that will get you craving all the ice cream! This project uses ordinary supplies to create your own homemade puff paint, which is perfect for depicting mounds of ice cream (or cupcake icing or cotton candy). Have fun crafting! 

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Photo of assorted markers, a white piece of paper, a disposable bowl, food coloring, a can of shaving cream, bottle of white glue, and two paint brushes.

Gather Your Supplies:

You will need:

  • Thick paper or cardstock
  • Markers 
  • Shaving cream
  • White craft glue
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Paint brushes
  • Disposable bowls 

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A piece of white paper with three yellow ice cream cone drawings and some colorful markers

Step 1:

Use markers to draw a bowl or ice cream cone on the cardstock. Don’t draw the ice cream yet though! That step will come later. 


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Two bowls filled with shaving cream that has been dyed pink and blue, being mixed up with a paintbrush.

Step 2:

In a disposable bowl mix equal parts shaving cream and white glue together with a paint brush. Add a few drops of food coloring for a pop of fun! This process will create the puff paint.


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A white piece of paper with three yellow ice cream cones. One of the cones has a thick layer of blue puff paint on top to look like ice cream.

Step 3:

Use the paintbrush to apply the puff paint on the cardstock wherever you want ice cream. 

Pro tip: The thicker you layer your puff paint onto the paper, the better it will turn out! For inspiration, think of Wayne Thiebaud’s exuberant paintings of pies, cakes, ice cream cones and other sugary treats modeled in his signature technique of using thick, luscious impasto.

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Wayne Thiebaud, Boston Cremes, 1962. Oil on canvas, 14 x 18 in. Crocker Art Museum Purchase, 1964.22. © 2022 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.
Wayne Thiebaud, Boston Cremes, 1962. Oil on canvas, 14 x 18 in. Crocker Art Museum Purchase, 1964.22. © 2022 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

 


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Photo of blue and pink puff paint ice cream cones, before they have finished drying.
Before drying.

Step 4:

Once you’ve finished styling your ice cream cone creation, allow it to dry and watch as it puffs up into pillowy delights. What other dessert-inspired art creations can you whip up using this puff paint technique?

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Photo of blue and pink puff paint ice cream cones, after they have finished drying.
After drying.