Marbling 101

Marbling has become such a popular crafting technique in the last few years and I fully support it!  I have done about 20 different marbling projects using all different types of materials.  From nail polish, shaving cream, clay and even marbling food there is something for everyone!  Today I will be sharing my Marbling 101 Tips, Marbling Techniques and Tricks.

Marbling Crafts 101 : How to Marble, Best Marbling Craft Supplies, Tips, Techniques and Tricks! Delineate Your Dwelling

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I tried my first marbling project in 2014 (a Marbled Room Diffuser) and over the years, I have learned a few new things and figured out many neat new techniques that helps make the marble crafting process go so much easier.  PLUS, did you know I wrote a book that is completely dedicated to marbling crafts — Make your Own MARBLED Creations BOOK!

I also shared 12 of my favorite marbled projects that will excite from across the internet in a fun roundup post.  That post has been very popular on my blog!

12 Marble Projects, Delineateyourdwelling.com

Ok, so you know you like the look of marbled projects and craft but you probably have a few questions before diving in head first.

What are MARBLING CRAFTS?

Marbling crafts is a creative technique that has really become a fun trend in recent years.  Marbling and using marbled objects has a long history dating back to Japan, as early as the 12th century.  The very first forms of marbling were practiced in a technique called ink floating.  Ink floating is adding swirled patterns of ink to the surface of water.  

1 Marbling Crafts 101 Tips

However, in the last few years marbling has become a craft that anyone with any skill level can try and succeed at.

And did you know I just wrote a REAL LIFE book all about marbling crafts?? Check out my Make Your Own Marbled Creations book!!

What MARBLING MATERIALS do I need?

There are quite a few different marbling techniques and based on which technique you choose to try, the supplies and materials may differ.

Marbling Crafts 101 supplies

You can marble with nail polish, which is one of the most common marbling craft methods.  When doing marbled projects with nail polish the materials you will need are fairly simple.  Grab a few of your favorite nail polish colors, a disposable tin or plastic tray, wooden skewers to mix the paints, water and your item to marble.  I marbled these gorgeous wooden bangles using nail polish.

You can marble using shaving cream.  The main supply for this technique is shaving cream.  Be sure to look for the foam shaving cream, not a gel shaving cream.  And then you also will need food coloring (I use simple liquid drops), a wooden skewer, a disposable tin or plastic try and your item to marble.  I DIY marbled these canisters using shaving cream.

You can also marble with a pour technique, which is becoming very popular!  I still need to try this method out for myself, but there are tons of great resources on pour marbling.

You can even marble using food products!  I have marbled oreos and marbled shortbread cookies – both were exceedingly delicious.  Important Note : Make sure for all edible marbled items that you use EDIBLE materials, like food coloring or gels and white melting chocolates.

What are the best MARBLED ITEMS to make?

Seeing as how I have well over 20 marble projects well over 20 items, the real question is what can’t you marble?  I would say just about everything can be marbled!

Marbling Crafts 101 types

WHAT KIND OF ITEMS CAN YOU MARBLE?
WOOD:

I have marbled all kinds of wooden items, like wooden bracelets and wooden bangles.  I have marbled wooden shadow boxes and even wooden clothespins.

PAPER:
You can marble paper like these marbled heart notebooks, marbled DIY canister and a marbled notebook that I marbled sticky labels and adhered them.

FABRIC:
You can marble on fabric, but in my case, I painted a marbled pattern on fabric!

CLAY:
You can create the appearance of marbling on items like clay.  I made these fun Clay Plant Holders, a Braided Clay Bracelet, a Mini Coiled Clay Bowl and even a marbled Clay Keychain.

FOOD:
And you can even marble food items!  So far, I have marbled three different cookies… and as if cookies were not already a tasty treat, try dipping them in even more chocolate.  I have marbled vanilla oreos, shortbread cookies and thin vanilla oreos!

How to do MARBLING?

Marbling Crafts 101 steps, Delineate Your Dwelling
For a detailed tutorial on how to marble with nail polish, see my Marbled Party Cups or Colorful Marbled Bangels.

For a detailed tutorial on how to marble with shaving cream, see my DIY  Marbled Notebook or Marbled Canisters.

For a detailed tutorial on how to marble food, see my Marble Dipped Oreos (yum).

How to easily MARBLE at home.

What are some basic MARBLING TIPS?

After you have your idea and all your supplies are purchased, you can finally begin making!  A few of my favorite technique tips include:

1. You will probably need more space to marble that you think.  Unlike many other crafting projects, marbling requires an area to hold all your supplies, an area to actually do the marbling technique and then an area to allow your wet marbled item to dry.

2. Prior to starting a marbled project, lay down some plastic or cover your workspace with paper.  You will be surprised how many rouge drips of paint, water, shaving cream, nail polish, etc… will be coming off between the dipping portion and the drying portion!

3. If you are doing the nail polish marbling technique, mistakes, errors and even small redo-s can happen with nail polish remover!

4. Do not be afraid to try marbling unique objects!  Once I fell in love with marbling, I would just look around the room for additional items to marble.  I’ve just grabbed a few pencils and dipped them just to see if they worked… any they did!  Be brave, marble away!

Looking for some of my Marbled projects?  Hope you are inspired by them!

1 DIY Marbled Bookmarks
1 Marbling Crafts 101 Tips
1 DIY Marbled Bracelets
1a-Spring-Marbled-Cookies
1-DIY-Marbled-Heart-Notebook
1 Hand Painted Cocktail Napkins
1-DIY-Pink-Marbled-Pumpkins
1-DIY-Colorful-Marbled-Bangles
1 DIY Marbled Clay Keychain
1-Marbled-Valentine-Cookie
1-marble-dipped-oreos
1 DIY Mini Coiled Clay Bowl
1 DIY Clay Braided Bracelet2
1 Hanging Clay Plant Holder
1 DIY Marbled Canister
1 DIY Marbled Clothes Pins
1 DIY Marbled Notebook
12 Marble Projects, Delineateyourdwelling.com
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Marbled Box
Marbled Room Diffuser

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One thought on “Marbling 101

  1. This post is SUCH a great resource!!! Also, I really wish we lived closer to each other, because it would be so fun to have a marbling craft night!! xoxo

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