Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. This technique is normally done with kids but considering the amount of mess I managed to make I wouldn’t recommend it.
This paper marbling technique is really easy to do and you’ll get some interesting pages as a result. These could be used in other art projects or you could even use them as envelopes or wrapping paper.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Cups for mixing paint.
- Oil paint. I recommend a cheap brand like Daler Rowney.
- Large tray (I used a baking tray).
- Pour water into a large shallow tray. Fill it to about 2-3cm (approx 1 inch).
- Squeeze paint into a cup with a small amount of turpentine then mix together until there are no lumps.
- Load a paint brush then gently flick or drip paint onto the water.
- Drag the end of a paintbrush through the water to create a marbled effect.
- Hold the paper at both edges so it dips in the middle. Lower it onto the paint so that the center of the paper touches the paint first.
- Leave the paper for at least 10 seconds so it absorbs as much of the paint as possible.
- Lift the paper out then place it face up on a towel to dry.
- When the paper is dry, iron it on a medium heat to flatten it out.
This technique is lots of fun. You could spend hours and hours trying out different paint combinations and different types of paper. I really enjoyed dipping coloured sheets of paper into the ink, this creates a really interesting result if the ink works with the paper colour. As you can see below I tried a number of different colour and paper combinations. I really love these results. They could almost work as a piece of art on their own.