New to water marbling? Water marbling is a great way to create bespoke artwork, cards or even book covers (who remembers covering their books for school?). Water marbling is easier by using a water marbling kit – there are lots on the market and contain everything you need to get started. Read our round-up of the best marbling kits!
Water marbling is essentially coloured inks swirled together in water to create beautiful (random!) art, which in this tutorial we have used to create bespoke patterned papers for Sue Hughes’ stunning butterfly stationery set.
Here are Sue’s top tips for water marbling:
- Don’t worry if the water marbling inks spread too quickly on the surface, just add a little more of the powder to thicken the mixture. Or if the colours are not spreading enough, simply add more water and mix well.
- You can create lots of different patterns just by changing what you use to drag the ink with – try flicking the ink using a paintbrush or running a plastic comb through it.
- Marbled paper can be delicate when wet, so handle with care and remove carefully by holding and lifting it by the top corners.
- Once dry, you can remove crinkles by placing it between two tea towels and then pressing with a dry iron set on a very low heat.
Want more marbling? Take a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Paper Marbling for lots of tips and tricks, as well as a fun project on how to use shaving foam to marble with!
To make the notelets
Marble pieces of white paper and then trim each to 140 x 100mm. Stamp greeting and butterfly or butterflies in blue ink, layer each piece onto some blue card and then attach to a white A6 base card. Decorate with clear or silver gems to finish. Add to one side of the wallet.
Coordinating writing paper
Make coordinating writing paper by marbling white paper with a subtle pattern. To do this, don’t clean off the surface left on the Size mixture in step 3, just add one or two small drops of ink and reuse. Marble some additional white paper, and once dry, punch into butterflies and use to decorate the flap of each envelope.
To make water marbling art you will need:
Intro images by Raimond Klavins