How to: Marbling



This post initially started as a bit of an experiment with marbling after I saw something about it on Instagram. I really wasn’t expecting the results to turn out good enough to publish. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when the finished product came out really quite nice.

Marbling (a.k.a marble paper) is a fun and easy way to create some abstract art. The result is different every time and that’s what makes this style of painting so much fun.




  1. Shaving foam
  2. Food dye
  3. Spatula
  4. Skewer
  5. Textured paper/card (at least 300gsm). Size is up to you. I used A5 paper.
  6. Garbage bags or newspaper for surface protection



  1. Cover your work area with garbage bags or newspaper pages.
  2. Spray some shaving foam onto the area. Don’t use an excessive amount, just enough to give an even thickness of coverage. About 1cm thick.
  3. Using a spatula, smooth out the shaving foam so that the surface is as even as possible.
  4. Drop some food dye onto the foam. Keep it minimal – less is more. The more white space you have the better you’ll be able to blend the dye.
  5. Now get either your skewer or spatula to gently smudge the drops of dye to create your work of art. Don’t try and go too crazy here with the blending. I like to not fuss with it too much – sweeping motions are good to carry the colour around. You can add more dye if you so wish, and if you’re feeling brave you could even try adding another colour.
  6. Once you are happy with your pattern, lay your paper with the good side facing down onto the foam. Gently press down to allow the surfaces to bond. Let it sit for around 30 seconds.
  7. Gently peel off the paper and turn it over. Place to the side. Some of the foam would have transferred over to the paper- this is good.
  8. Clean the spatula and use it to carefully scrape off the excess foam. Discard excess. Don’t use too much pressure while removing the foam as it could cause the dye to smudge across the paper.
  9. Once all of the foam has been removed, leave your piece of paper to dry completely. Due to the moisture in the foam, your paper may curl at the edges or warp. To deal with this, at the drying stage you can place the paper between two pieces of kitchen-towel and then weigh it down with books, magazines etc.
  10. Your marbled paper is now ready for use! They make great greeting cards, party invitations or stand alone art prints.

Thanks for reading!

Image credit: Print On Print 


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