How to make marble paper

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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.

Things You'll 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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