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How To Marble Paper With Acrylic Paints

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Once you learn how to marble paper there are no limits to what you can do with it. This marble paper is easy to make and each piece is unique! 

You do not need much in regards to paper marble supplies. The step-by-step instructions are very thorough and will make the process a lot easier. 

Not only are the instructions detailed, but they also come with a few images that will make it even more simple. You will be able to see what you have to do.

blue and yellow marbleized paper on granite counter top

What Paper Marbling Supplies Do I Need

  • newspaper or some sore of drop cloth to protect your work area
  • liquid starch
  • acrylic paints
  • cups to mix in
  • large container bigger then the size of your paper, cookie sheets work well for this too
  • scissors
  • popsicle sticks
  • paintbrushes

A lot of these paper marbling supplies you will be able to find in your kitchen or craft room.

There are a lot of fun ways that you can use paper marble. Now that you will know how to make your own, you can do as many paper marble projects as you would like. 

I personally love paper marble because of all of the possibilities. You can make each set with different color combinations. 

I am a big fan of pinks and blues so I love the pink and blue example seen in the photo above. You, of course, can mix your favorite colors for your marble. 

blue and pink and yellow marble paper on counter top

How To Marble Paper

Here are a few tips for marbling paper with liquid starch.

  • if your paint mixture is too thick, add more water
  • if your paint mixture is too thin add more paint
  • move slowly when adding your paper to the paint/starch mixture, faster movements will disturb the water and cause an undesired pattern
  • Use cardstock

This is a super fun craft to do. But paper marbling is also a delicate and also mess craft. I did it with my kids and they really had fun doing it.

With that said, learning how to marble paper is way easier than it may sound. Just take your time and follow each step closely.

If you go too fast, you will end up mixing your colors rather than giving them the marble effect. And as they mix, they start to look milky or like watered-down mud.

You will also want to make sure that you give your paper enough time to fully dry before using it. While we the paper is too delicate to cut, or craft with. I allowed mine to dry about 24 hours, although it was easy well before that. 

I suggest letting it air dry. However, you can use a blow dryer on low. But be very careful as you stand the chance of blowing your marbled paper onto the floor and possibly damaging your design.

If you want to create marble effects like this one, you will have to pay close attention to the instructions. This is a 100% DIY, project that you will do yourself from start to finish. And once it’s done you will have some of the most beautiful paper ever. Beautiful marble paper to make stationery, bookmarks, and other things with.

blue and yellow marbleized paper on granite counter top

You will not need any special marbling kit, methyl cellulose, or marble paint. Just some simple materials.

The only materials you will need are acrylic paint, card stock, and a few more simple ones.

The basic gist of the project would be to place a sheet of paper into some paint and warm water, remove the paper and leave the paper to dry.

Of course, there are more specifics to get into that you will find with the instructions below, along with the materials you will need to add to your art supply.

If you have ever heard of shaving cream marbling, erase what you know. This will give you a quicker and simpler way to marbleize paper.

You are basically giving the paper a little water bath, but rather than cleaning, you are adding to it.

Check the video for more clarification on the instructions that you will find below.

If you are on the hunt for more fun crafts, check out the Paper Pinwheels Craft, Paper Pinwheels Craft, and Paper Plate Snail Craft.

blue and pink and yellow marble paper on counter top
Yield: 1

How To Marble Paper At Home

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

When I tell you that making marble paper is a lot easier than it may sound, I am so serious. You may not believe me now, but you will once you give it a try. 

Tools

  • scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • popsicle sticks

Instructions

  1. Pour the liquid starch in the container till it's about a half-inch high.
  2. Mix each color with a bit of water to get a milky consistency, you don't want it too watery though so just add a little water at a time.
  3. Now with your popsicle stick or end of the paintbrush, drip the color on top of the liquid starch.
  4. Only do 1 color at a time, overlapping and spreading out until you're happy with the colors.
  5. Now "marble" your colors. Go slow and careful because you do not want to mix the colors but instead give them some style or design.
  6. Once you are satisfied with the way it looks you can gently place your paper into the starch. I like to fold up the edges and place the middle first then let the edges into the water.
  7. Allow to sit and soak a few seconds, pressing down to make sure the whole thing in the liquid.
  8. Pull the paper from the start gently by grabbing a corner and slowly pulling up.
  9. Set on plastic or paper towels to dry fully before using it.

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Marcie

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Sounds messy & fun, I wish I had seen your tutorial before I purchased the Jacquard marbling kit. Although it includes 9-2 oz bottles of marbling paints in primary colors, 2 oz synthetic gall for creating different effects in the paint mixture, 4 oz carrageenan,1 lb bag alum and even several feet of white fabric to marble, its not a spontaneous craft to do. The required mixtures need to be made 24 hours in advance, whatever is going to be marbled has to be soaked & completely dried, even possibly ironed before marbling will occur. I'm sure it is going to be alot of fun when I am able to set aside some time to do it. Your method just seems less time consuming and I'm pretty sure the items you used cost less than what I paid for the Jacquard kit. I think I will try your method first... I'm intrigued now!

Jamela P

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Awesome! Come back and let me know how it goes!

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