Picture of quick and easy marbled paper
After recently receiving a great gift from my aunt, I had to go about making her a thank you card. so I decided on making her a card make out of marbled paper.

so first off, what is paper marbling?
paper marbling is a method that you can use to decorate paper or fabric. it gets it's name because the finished product looks a lot like the rock, marble. the process involves floating ink on top of water, then laying a piece of paper on top of the water. then what you end up with is marbled paper

I am not a professional paper marbler(are there professional paper marblers?), these instructions are just simply how you can do it at home.

Step 1: What you'll need

Picture of what you'll need
You don't need a lot to marble paper. most, if not all of these things you will already have in you house. so here's the list.

  • A large tray or pan, don't use that you use for food unless you are willing to clean it thoroughly. I recommend using one of those aluminum ones that you can get at the dollar store.
  • Marbling ink. this stuff can be expensive, and I didn't have any on hand so I used India ink.
  • A piece of paper or card to marble.
  • Water.
  • a toothpick to swirl the ink.
  • a dip pen ( this one is optional)

And that's it!
karina17 months ago


karina17 months ago


PaulT610 months ago

A great but very basic tutorial. For those looking for a little more 'depth' there are many different and more advanced ways of marbling that are still pretty easy to do at home... a good starting resource: http://www.ibookbinding.com/blog/marbled-paper-bookbinding-tutorial-and-photo-gallery/

doopidoop2 years ago
you can also use any old oil paint thinned to a liquid with turpentine. the more liquid it is the more it will flow like water, the best oil paint the colors always stay seperate, i didnt figure how to do that with oil paints but the result are still v professional. will have to read how they used to make it 200yrs ago for books.
yes pro marbleizers use strong paint like spray pain for dyeing guitars and vases in yellow and black marble very proffnaly.
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mynameisjonas (author)  Father Christmas6 years ago
glad you liked it!
tacamaral6 years ago
There ARE professional marblers. : )
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Great job! I've done this in the past using regular ink and paint thinner
mynameisjonas (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
thanks! how'd it turn out?
It turned out really great!
futeng6 years ago
Where would I be able to get india ink
You can even make it yourself by mixing soot and (a little bit of) water.
eleraama futeng6 years ago
You can find it at most art stores in the printmaking or calligraphy sections; craft places like Michael's or Hobby Lobby will probably have it too.