Create Beautiful Designs With Marbling
This holiday season arrived unusually fast. It’s left me scrambling to get the house ready for relatives and finding the perfect last minute gifts. If you can relate, I ask two things of you… Exhale and keep reading.
Marbling is rich in history (as many of our hobbies typically are) – originating in East Asia over a thousand years ago, the art form has stretched westward making a remarkable stop in Iran around the 15th century, and becoming a staple of printmaking in Europe by the 17th century.
Stretching even further west – today, we are modifying the traditional printed art form to work on nearly any object. The marbling dyes in your kit are made to go on plastic, wood, paper, glass, fabric to name a few. So, practice on the items we sent you, but perfect your skills on anything else.
If you remember learning about primary and complimentary colors, that knowledge is going to really come in handy. If not, I’ll teach you what need to know in a minute 😉
Let’s take a look at what’s inside this month’s box:
6 Marbling Colors
5 Ornament Hooks
4 Clear Ornaments
1 Water Basin + Lid
Before diving right on in, there are a few things you should do to prep.
Attach all hooks to your ornaments like so. ^^^
Practice dipping. Get a good feel for how far into the container you can dip your ornament without touching the sides or bottom. It is very important that you are able to get a good feel for this, because once you dip- there is no turning back!
Remember*** we’re using paint. Take the proper precautions. If you don’t with paint often, trash bags work wonders as a surface cover. Also, if you happen to get paint on anything (including yourself) nail polish remover or acetone will help to remove it.
If you’re ready, go ahead and fill your basin with water.
And hey, hey, hey, would you look at that- There is a line conveniently placed right where you should stop filling!
Now that it’s nice and shaken, let a few drops fall into the water. You’ll see a film of color layer on top of the water. This solvent based paint will float – that’s the magic of marbling in action. There’s no one way to marble, so have fun with it. The sequence of how you drop colors has a dramatic impact on the final marbling – the second color is typically the most obvious. Layering the paints also will give a really nice patern.
Grab a pencil or any disposable long object (we even used one of the hooks on some of ours) and get your swirl on (Patent pending for this phrase). This is where you create the pattern that will stick. You’ll want to swirl longer than you should, so keep it simple. The more you do, the muddier it can become. You’ll want to work quickly from dripping to dipping your items (before the paint dries on the surface).
If the paint on the water looks like this… it is starting to dry:
You want it to mix like this:
Now for the grand finale… Grab an ornament or any item and get ready to dip. Make sure you submerge it and keep it stable as you dip. The water will want to push up obviously, but try to keep it dunked. As it comes up, the paint will want to collect. You can use your swirling stick or a paper towel to remove any excess, sometimes it falls off on its own!
Each design in the water will last one or two dips… Anything more and it’ll start to dry and get sticky. To save yourself from dumping the water each time, if you you wait a few minutes, you can simply wipe away the paint on the surface away!
Useful tip for drying: Grab a hanger, hook your wet bulbs on it and hang it over a paper towel.
If you’re trying to figure out what colors to use, this complementary wheel can really help out.
Colors that are directly opposite of each other add a natural appeal – see the wheel below. On the right side you’ll notice that the complements are already brought out. Quite convenient that red and green are the top two, huh? Here’s a great article and video on complementary colors from our friends at Apartment Therapy.
With six colors at your disposal, you can make nearly any color imaginable. So, while complements look great on their own, they can also guide you on creating colors. For instance, in your kit, you’ll find red and blue. If you were to mix the two together, looking at the wheel, you would go half way in between and find a shade of purple. The color wheel is helpful like that.
Below are a few of my finished products… But the amazing thing is that to marble the items in your kit, you use up a very small percentage of the paint. Whoot whoot! So you can really get creative 🙂 I’ve used mine to marble wooden coasters, clay pots and plastic photo frames- and they’ve all turned out amazing!
If you have any questions on the process or about anything really, please ask away! I’ve had a great deal of fun with this hobby and would be happy to give input on your trial and errors.
Your friends, @NewHobbyBox