Introduction: MARBLING PAPER With Baby Oil

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Fun and safe project to do with the kids. Make lovely Marbleized paper using materials you probably have at home.

And the finished product smells so good!

Step 1: Supplies

The supplies are,

a baking pan

baby oil

paint, I used liquid watercolors, however, any paint you have will more than likely work. Even food coloring can be used.



Step 2: Marbling the Paper

Pour water into the baking pan. Squirt a bit of the baby oil on the surface of the water. Add small drops of paint on top of the oil drops. chose two colors that work nicely together.

Step 3: Stir

Using a straw, or even the end of a paintbrush, gently swirl the paint across the surface of the water.

Step 4: Printing

Place the paper on top of the water, don't submerge it. Lift the paper and you have your marveled paper. Be sure the paper you print on fits nicely in the pan and isn't too big. Have Fun

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    Susan Cirigliano
    Susan Cirigliano

    2 years ago

    FYI The Baby Oil evaporates after a few hours.

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing how to do this! Do you have to do anything special once you take it out of the baby oil? Like wipe it or anything or just leave it to dry?

    Susan Cirigliano
    Susan Cirigliano

    Reply 2 years ago

    You just leave it to dry and the baby oil slowly evaporates.
    Thanks for asking!