Marbling is a technique that never seems to go out of style and right now it’s definitely trending. There are a number of different ways to create a DIY marble effect, but none are as simple as this. Using no water or shaving cream you can create marbled paper pages in about 30 minutes.
- ColorBox® Premium by Stephanie Barnard in Green Apple, Ocean, Candy, Pixie
- Smooch® AccentTIPS
- Un-Inked Petal Point Pad Plates
- Denatured Alcohol
- Small Glass Bowl
- White Cardstock
This marbling technique can be broken down into two simple steps, applying the ink and applying the alcohol. To begin, use the AccentTips and Petal Plates to draw lines with the Dye Ink, they can be of various thickness and shades. When starting out, stick to just a couple of different colors.
The dye ink dries quickly so once your lines are drawn you can begin applying the alcohol. Remember to follow the safety precautions listed on the denatured alcohol and work in a well ventilated area.
Apply drops of the alcohol to the dye ink, let it soak in and bleed for a few seconds before either adding more drops, or tilting the paper so that the alcohol rolls across the page. The amount of color and pattern variation you create depends on both the amount of alcohol you add and how quickly you add it. Each piece really will be a one-of-a-kind.
Let the pages dry before crafting with them.
To weave the marbled sheets into framable art work cut lines down the middle of one page, avoiding the edges. Then cut another sheet into strips and weave them into the first marbled page.
From there simple frame the woven piece; you can use a third marbled sheet as a backing if needed.
Despite the way it looks, this is a quick, easy, and almost mess-free project that’s great to make with kids. The finished paper can be used for any number of crafts: stationary sets, gift bags, or wrapping paper.
Have you tried marbling? Tell us how it went in the comments!