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6 Easy Paper Marbling Techniques

by Jean Van't Hul
January 12, 2022
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Here are six paper marbling techniques that are easy, fun, and kid friendly. Plus, the results are beautiful!

Updated March 2022

Marbling is one of our favorite art activities and we’ve done it many ways and many times over the years. We’ve marbled paper with all kinds of paints from watercolors, tempera, acrylics, and even food coloring. We’ve marbled all kinds of surfaces. And we’ve tried every technique from Suminagashi to shaving cream marbling.

If you’d like to learn how to marble paper, read on. We’ll share six ways that are easy and fun!

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6 Easy Paper Marbling Techniques

Note: Many of these marbling techniques will work fine on other materials as well – cardstock, cardboard, paper plates, wood blocks, craft sticks, ornaments, boxes, and even Easter eggs. So, no need to limit yourself to paper!

Shaving Cream Marbling
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

1. Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

The best, easiest, and cheapest marbled paper is done with shaving cream marbling. This is one of our all-time favorite art activities for kids of all ages. You have to try it. You can also check out our video of shaving cream marbling in action!

Oil & water marbling for kids
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. Marbled Paper with Oil and Food Color

Marbling with oil and food coloring is one of the easiest ways to marble paper and it uses materials you likely already have at home. Beautiful! Check out this video of marbling with oil and food coloring!

Paper Marbling with Acrylic Paint - let dry
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

3. Marbled Paper with Liquid Starch

We’ve done this technique a few times and it works great! Paper marbling with acrylic paint and liquid starch uses liquid starch to keep the paint near the surface, so it is easy and very effective.

making marbled paper with milk and watercolors
Photo by Rachel Withers

4. Marbled Paper with Rainbow Milk

One of our most repeated science experiments is the rainbow milk experiment. You use food coloring and dish soap to create beautiful explosions of color as the dish soap interacts with the milk fats.

Our friend Ana from Babble Dabble Do helps her kids capture the beauty with marbled milk paper prints as they do the experiment, combining art and science.

How to Marble Paper with a Suminagashi Kit
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

5. Suminagashi Marbling

Suminagashi is the ancient art of Japanese water marbling. You can buy this simple Suminagashi kit online, as we have done, and have everything you need except for the paper.

This has been one of our favorite art activities and we owe Valerie Deneen of of Inner Child Fun a big thanks for introducing it to us. Here’s her post on Suminagashi for kids that started it all for us.

How to Marble Paper with Nail Polish
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

6. Nail Polish Marbling

Marbling with nail polish is very effective and fun, but it is a bit smelly. Nail polish works beautifully for marbling, though, and we’ve marbled our way through many Christmas ornaments, cards, and wooden shapes over the years using this tutorial for marbling with nail polish on Design Mom.

Because of the smell and relative permanence of the nail polish, not to mention the smell and toxicity of the nail polish remover you need to use when removing said nail polish from areas it shouldn’t be, we wouldn’t recommend this marbling technique for little kids. But it’s definitely worth at least one try with older kids and adults. (It makes an awesome ladies craft night!)

purple marbled paper
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

How about you? Which of these marbling techniques have you tried already? Which ones do you want to give a go at?

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