How to marble with Acrylic Paint

INSIDE : Learn how to make Marbled Crafts using simple Acrylic Paint.  A complete how-to guide to make gorgeous marble DIY projects every time using these simple tips.

Acrylic Paint Marbling

But least you think marbling with acrylic paint is hard, my entire Marbling book I wrote was done using acrylic paint!!  So not only can it be done, but I’ve got 8 great projects you can check out now.

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Looking for details on all types of marbling projects?  My Marbling 101 post might be just what you are looking for!

I have done a handful of projects on my blog marbling with acrylic paint.  It can be a little bit trickier, but definitely can be done.  I have done a few marbled jars and even these adorable pumpkins were marbled with acrylic paint.

Fun and festive DIY Pink Marbled Pumpkins! Perfect for a table setting or placing on your fireplace mantel during the Fall Season. Delineate Your Dwelling
My very favorite color medium to use in marbled DIY projects is probably nail polish.  However, if you are looking for a fun and even kid friendly marbled technique, using shaving cream is the way to go!  However, today I am going to walk you through all the details of marbling by using acrylic paint.  

You might also be interested in the BOOK that I wrote all about Marbling projects!!

What supplies do you need for Acrylic Paint Marbling?

The main supplies needed when doing acrylic paint marbling are below:

Water OR Liquid Starch
Wooden Skewer 
Disposable containers
Acrylic paints
4 Disposable plastic cups
Thick paper like card stock or watercolor paper
Other items you could marble : wood pieces, ornaments, gift tags

Acrylic Paint Marbling supplies
If you can’t find liquid starch (I found mine ONLY at the local grocery store), there is an easy recipe to make your own.  

 

I searched high and low for liquid starch and could only find one brand available at my local grocery store.  No other stores appeared to carry liquid starch… but the Sta-Flo brand worked wonderfully, so it seemed worth the effort of searching it out.

Paint Marbling

Ingredients for how to make homemade Liquid Starch:

1 Tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
3 3/4 cup tap water
2-3 drops of fragrant essential oil or lemon juice (optional)

To make your HOMEMADE LIQUID STARCH follow this recipe:

-Bring 3 3/4 cup tap water to a rolling boil.
-While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into cold water. Stir constantly until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
-Once water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.
-If using essential oil or lemon juice, add to mixture and continue to stir for one minute.
-Remove from heat and let cool.
-After cooling add to a one quart spray bottle.
-Next, fill each of your plastic cups with a small amount of acrylic paint.

Acrylic Paints, Red, Pink, Greens

What is the best Acrylic Paint to use when Marbling?

In my opinion all acrylic paints I have tried, have worked fairly well when doing marbling projects.  I have noticed that heavier paints will sometimes sink to the bottom of your container and not “float” on the top if you are using water.  If you see the paint you are using does seem to be heavier, you have a few options.

First you can add smaller amounts of paint at a time, as that will sometimes make it lighter weight and float a bit more.  You can alsoyou can thin your paint a bit with equal parts water.

Bright Cheerful Acrylic Paint

You can also switch out the water and use the liquid starch instead.  Liquid starch is a much more dense liquid and will often allow for the paint to sit at the top, allowing for you to dip an item into it for marbling.  (See recipe to make homemade Liquid Starch above.)

How to marble with acrylic paint:

To water down your paint a bit, add equal parts water to your acrylic paint and mix with a wooden skewer.  You should be going for a “milky” look to your paint.  If you add too much water and you will lose the vibrant colors.

Slowly drip the paint into your liquid starch mixture.  Using the wooden skewer, slightly run it through your paints to create a lovely marbled effect.  Too much stirring will muddy the paints, so just a few simple swirls will do.

Marbled Bookmark step3

Cut your cardstock down to size and lightly dip the front side of your paper into the paint/water-starch mixture.  Note : There is no need to completely dunk the paper, unless you are wanting to marble both sides of the paper.

Once you have dipped the fronts of your paper, set them aside to dry on paper towels.  As the paper begins to dry, you can place under a few heavy books to keep a more flattened shape.

See how to DIY Marble Bookmarks using this technique.

Easy DIY Marbled Bookmarks

Can you do Acrylic Paint marbling on canvas?

Yes!  Almost any object that you can lightly dip into your container can be marbled.  The main issue with marbling on canvas would be find a canvas that will fit into your disposable container.  But otherwise, canvas marbling would be a great creative idea!

Marbling Supplies with Paint

Where to buy marbling paint?

I think using regular craft acrylic paint is just fine for most marbling projects.  However, if you really are looking for a “marbling” paint I have heard good things about this Bokuundo Marbling Paper Origami Marbling Kit.

If you are looking to do acrylic paint pouring, this FolkArt Marbling Paint Pour set is a favorite.

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Marbling for beginners or kids: 

Marbling is a great craft pastime for people who are just starting out and for kids, too.  It is a technique that can really go numerous different ways with no concrete right or wrong paths.  If you are a beginner or super advanced, you can still create gorgeous marbled projects!

Make sure if you are marbling with kids and using acrylic paints, to set out a washable or wipeable tablecloth and to have art clothes on.

Pink and Green Paints

If you are looking how to do all kinds of marbling projects, you might enjoy these:

How to Marble using Nail Polish
Nail Polish marble craft

How to Marble using Shaving Cream
Shaving Cream

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