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.
- Cups for mixing paint.
- Oil paint.
- 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.
I haven’t decided yet what to do with the final prints but this technique is loads of fun. You can spend hours just trying out different paint combinations and different types of paper.