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A fun afternoon home with nothing to do project!

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  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 1
    Step 1

    How to make your own pretty swirly marbled paper!

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gather your supplies.
    -Bucket or pan for placing the paint into
    -Liquid Starch (look in the detergent aisle of your supermarket)
    -Liquid Dish Soap
    -Acrylic Paint
    -Paint Tray
    -Stirrers (toothpicks, straws, etc)
    -Newspapers (to lay your drying papers on)

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pour a thin layer of liquid starch into a shallow bucket or pan. You only need enough to cover the bottom of the tray. Three-quarters of an inch to an inch should be fine.

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 4
    Step 4

    Mix your paints. Here is the tricky step. I used one of those plastic paint trays with the small shallow areas for paint.
    You want your paint to be extremely thin, so in each shallow compartment, I filled it 3/4 the way with water, and to it, I added 2-3 drops of paint and 1 small drop of dish soap.
    Stir well.

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 5
    Step 5

    After your paints have been thinned, use the straw to blow out bits of paint onto the surface of the starch.
    If the paint is too heavy (i.e. not thinned enough) it will sink.
    If the paint has too much soap it will spread to thin. That is why the step above is so critical. Experiment until you find what works for you!

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 6
    Step 6

    You can leave your colors all blobby like they are above or "comb" them. I made a simple comb with toothpicks and cardstock, but a pick or single toothpick will work. Gently "drag" the comb through the paints so they swirl together. Do so until you like the pattern.
    Don't swirl too much or you'll get mud!

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 7
    Step 7

    As soon as it's as you like it, gently place the paper into the tray. You want to start in one corner, and lay it down gently so you don't trap bubbles underneith.
    Any heavier paper will work--cardstock, construction paper, watercolor paper, etc.
    I was practicing using the inserts that come with photo boxes. They work nice!
    Leave the paper on the surface for a few seconds, and gently lift up.
    Let the excess paint drip off.

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take your paper to the sink, and rinse off the extra starch. Don't worry--your colors will stay!
    After you have rinsed the paper, lay it flat on newspaper to dry.
    It may be gently ironed with a warm iron to remove any curls later.

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 9
    Step 9

    Some bigger pieces I did

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 10
    Step 10

    A close up of a favorite

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 11
    Step 11

    Another favorite

  • How to make paper. Marbled Paper - Step 12
    Step 12

    And another favorite.

    I plan on using these in scrapbooking, covering journals, or making cards with.

    Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment!

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Jaidyn B.
Jaidyn B.
so cool. does it look good with drawings on it?
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Carol Marley
Carol Marley · 8 projects
Amazing! this is so sweet!!
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angellina
angellina · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 8 projects
thanks this will be my rainy day project with my son Happy
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Missy El
Missy El · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 5 projects
I've always wanted to do this. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Katherine Munro
Katherine Munro · Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA · 12 projects
Love this!
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
great idea
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