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Tuturial on Marbleizing Paper

Guess what? It's another one of those reprinted articles from my days on craftycrafty! Enjoy :)

Recently I was introduced to the very cool art of paper marbleizing.

Gather up your supplies and you'll be on your way to creating gorgeous, funky swirled patterned paper...



Instructions

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

    Mix a small amount of cornstarch (about 1/4 cup) to six cups of water in a medium saucepan and place over low heat. Stir the mixture together until it dissolves and keep stirring until becomes milky in color. It's important to keep agitating the mix so that it stays smooth.

    stir, stir, stir!

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

    In between stirring, prepare your oil paint mix. Cut the plastic cups like the picture shows and add a little of the thinner. You don't need a lot, just enough so that it covers the bottom. Squeeze in a small amount of paint and stir with the sticks.

    little plastic cups cut to size & oil paints

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

    Have you been keeping an eye on your cornstarch mix? After it has turned that milky color, it's time to transfer it to a glass dish, like a Pyrex bowl. It's time to let the mixture cool a bit so it can "set". This would be a good time to pick the paper that you want to marbleize.

    "set" cornstarch mixture & mixed paints

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

    Drip a bit of whichever paint colors you'd like to use onto the now-cooled surface of the glass dish. Swirl the colors together with the wooden stick, how ever much or little you want, depending on the effect you are going for.

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

    Dip your paper or card stock lightly onto the surface of your paint/cornstarch mixture and lift up.

    Groovy.

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

    Presto! Look at your awesome marbleized pattern! Place your paper pieces onto paper towels to dry for a bit. Later on you will be rinsing off the cornstarch mix with cold water. It is important not to let it dry or it will flake off later on.

    Have fun!

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Impybat
Impybat · North Andover, Massachusetts, US · 34 projects
Thank you, Special! (sorry it took me forever to comment).
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Special
Special · Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA · 8 projects
I found this project in a craft book I had from a while back and I didn't think it was up on here yet! I was wrong, lol. Oh well! Awesome job, man! Happy
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Special
Special · Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA · 8 projects
I found this project in a craft book I had from a while back and I didn't think it was up on here yet! I was wrong, lol. Oh well! Awesome job, man! Happy
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Missy El
Missy El · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 5 projects
I cannot WAIT to do this!
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Kristin T.
Kristin T. · 1 project
This is going into my favorites right away!
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Impybat
Impybat · North Andover, Massachusetts, US · 34 projects
Thank you so much for making this the featured project!!
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queenfairypants
queenfairypants · Manchester, England, GB · 75 projects
this would look amazing in a scrapbook or photo album or something

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Tosh
Tosh · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 11 projects
aww this reminds me of school yay! can't wait to do it!
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
This is very cool! Its like tie-dye paper Happy

I've got to try it Happy
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
This is very cool! Its like tie-dye paper Happy

I've got to try it Happy
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