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Easy Marbling

I find paper marbling magical. You drop a few drops of special ink into specially prepared water, drag a a special needle comb tool through the ink, dip a specially prepared paper into the ink and voila! you have a gorgeous paper pattern. Did you notice how many times I used the word "special"? None of the supplies are available at the dollar store, you have to order them. Now don't get me wrong, this method doesn't come close to replicating fabulous italian hand marbled papers, but if you want to spend an afternoon and about 4 dollars making magic, try this.

All you need is a disposable container, about 3 bottles of nail polish, some water, card stock and a toothpick. Have some paper towels handy.

 I stumbled upon a YouTube video about how to marbleize your nails. Could this work for paper as my poor nails haven't seen polish in about forever?

The video showed this method. Put a drop of polish into water in a shallow container. It will immediately  spread out. Drop another color in the middle of the first. Repeat until you have several concentric circles.
 Take a toothpick and starting at the center, pull the center color to the outside. Repeat around the entire circle, cleaning off the toothpick after every pull. (I bought a bottle of glitter polish but it didn't spread like the others so I used it just as an accent).
Cut a piece of paper small enough to fit into your container then lay it on top of the nail polish and pull it out.
 I decided to try a method I learned years ago while paper marbling. Dribble the polish across the water instead of in a circle.
Pull the lines vertically with the toothpick to make "feathers". (you can pull horizontally as well)
Lay the paper on top of the water and remove the polish that is on the outside with the toothpick or a corner of a paper towel. I found that if I left the excess polish, it doubled back onto the paper when I pulled it out. If you look carefully at the circle paper, you will see that the edge has some excess polish around the rim. I wanted something cleaner.
 The traditional feathering method worked with nail polish as well.
 Here is a sampling of different patterns I was able to achieve.
Punch out some shapes and glue them to blank note cards. Too cute!

*a note: Cheap nail polish smells, well...... like cheap nail polish. Do yourself a favor and do this when all of the menfolk are away or you will never hear the end of it. (don't ask me how I know)

*another note: not all nail polishes work the same. I think it's best to use the same brand together. Sometimes the colors react differently with each other. Try changing the order of colors if they don't react the way you'd like. Experiment.

32 comments:

Michelle L. said...

Hi, Gail - this is fantastic! Must try it - love your little cutouts, so cool to see how you used the paper in the end.

Mama Jodi said...

This is so much fun. I did this in my elementary art ed class in college. I love how you did the cut out shapes though.

YETENEK-SİZİN said...

very beatiful idea;)

Joyce C. said...

An even easier and much less stinky way to do this is to use shaving cream and food dye.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

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Lee Caroline said...

I used to do marbling years ago, its really quite fun. I love the little butterflies you made they look great. A great tutorial.

Lee ☺

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

I do the water marbling on my nails -never thought to try it on paper! And then use punches? Genius. :)

swanfeet said...

I've seen this for nails, hadn't thought to try it for paper. And then I could run it through the Silhouette. Hmmmmmmm.........

Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston)

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Aimee said...

I really like the idea of using nail polish to marble paper. I have tons of gross colors I won't use on my nails anymore.

Hannah said...

I couldn't get it to work because of the clear film that would immediately form on top if the water, and I couldn't drag the color because it would just get stuck on the film. Is this just that I used the wrong kind of polish?

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