How to make marble paper

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How to make marble paper
Marble paper is a fun, fast way to transform plain paper into decorative paper. (Getty Thinkstock)

Marble paper is a fun, fast way to transform plain paper into decorative paper that can be used in card making, scrap-booking or découpage projects. Start making your own marble paper by following these steps.

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Things you need

  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colours
  • Heavy paper
  • Washtub for water
  • Stirrer
  • Containers to water down paint if necessary
  • Dust sheet or newspaper
  • Paper
  • Towels
  • Aluminum pan

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  1. 1

    Cut paper into sizes smaller than 21.5 by 28 cm. Use 90 gr paper or thicker, card stock or watercolour paper. Watercolour paper works best for this project.

  2. 2

    Fill an aluminium baking pan with about an inch of water. Place it outside or in an area covered with a dust sheet.

  3. 3

    Drop generous amounts of acrylic paint on top of the water. Thin paint works best. Use a container to water the paint down if it comes out in a blob as opposed to drops. Know that some of the paint will float on the surface.

  4. 4

    Use a stirrer to gently mix the colours. Keep in mind that too much stirring will make the colours muddy.

  5. 5

    Gently place a piece of paper on the top of the water and then carefully lift off. Keep your hands clean by using rubber gloves.

  6. 6

    Add more paint after three or four uses. Alternate the paint with contrasting colours and shades. If the surface of the water gets muddy, clean it by floating a paper towel on the water surface and removing it. The paper towel will absorb the muddy paint. Reapply the paint to the top of the water.

  7. 7

    Place the dipped paper on newspaper to dry. Flatten the paper by pressing it over night between books after it has thoroughly dried.

Tips and warnings

  • Advanced techniques include drawing a comb through your paint to make designs.
  • Try rinsing the paper lightly immediately after painting for a more subtle effect.
  • Use your paper for creative jewellery, fold it into gift boxes, use it to cover a small lamp shade or a journal.

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