Monday, November 05, 2012

marbleize it!

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Now that November has arrived the countdown to the holidays has begun and I have all kinds of ideas, projects and inspiration to share throughout the next two months! First up a quick and simple way to marbleize with spray paint.

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1. Start with a bucket or vessel large enough to fit your paper (I used large sheets of watercolor paper). Fill with about 2-3 inches of water. 2. Using spray paint, mist the surface of the water (FYI- this should be done outside with lots of ventilation or while wearing a mask). 3. Add more color to the surface of the water. 4. Let the colors blend together, shake the bucket to break color up or even use a stir stick to create swirls and designs. 5. Place paper onto the surface of the water and quickly remove (I find that using a more absorbent paper like watercolor or card stock works best). Spray paint, even on the surface of water dries quickly so you have to work fast! 6. The result is a colorful, fast drying piece of marbleized paper to use in all kinds of DIY projects.

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The coolest thing about this technique is that it can also be used on glass ornaments and the spray paint will dry permanent and not flake off! Simply dip the ornament into the surface of the colorful water!

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43 comments:

  1. This is so lovely Alisa. Loved this art. It looks so good in all the forms. Just amazing, thanks for such unique inspiration. :)

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  2. LOVE the ornaments - the color combination reminds me of Oregon tidepools!

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  3. Spray paint is one of my favorite craft items. I see a lot of pretty paper in my future. The dipped ornaments are so much easier than painting on the inside, I am going to try it with my Girl Scout troop. Thanks for the idea.
    Chris =]

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  4. Arguably the most fantastic version of those ubiquitous glass ornaments...stunning. These shall be this year's handmade tree baubles...thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  5. Alisa, you are such an incredibly talented and creative artist - you amaze me time and time again! I read your posts, enjoy the photos and ideas and just admire your spirit, your deep love of nature and your commitment to your little family! Just keep on going! :-)

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  6. Yep, I'm in with the rest of the crowd saying I love those ornaments. Can I just check what kind of spray paint you mean... the stuff for cars? Or something else? Many thanks for the inspiration as always.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous! Can I ask what type of paper you used to create the wrapping paper? I'm thinking watercolor paper would be too stiff for wrapping. Also, spray paint here in Belgium is a bit expensive.. $12 a can... are there other ways to make the marble paper & ornaments using another medium? Thanks again for the inspiration! ;) I'm looking forward to your 30 day create Art class!

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  8. Beautiful! I've never tried spray paint. Hum! Interesting. Looks like something else to add to my list. Thanks.

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  9. Thanks. Super super idea!

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  10. This is absolutely beautiful! I'm trying this! Thanks for the post!!

    ~Aubrey
    Project Lovegood

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  11. Love this!!! Especially the ornaments - spray paint is now on my list to pick up today! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. GREAT ideas!! May I ask do the gift smell of spray paint? Does it go away?

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  13. very fun idea. I hadn't used spray paint before, but I can see how that might be really an easy option for marbling. Love it.

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  14. This is so, so cool! Thanks for sharing this method!

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  15. Anonymous9:47 AM

    Great ideas! Thanks!
    ~Julia

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  16. As always, you are creative to the max!!! Love this idea of marbling with spray paint...never thought of this! Genius! Hugs to Lucy! Best to you, always, Sondra

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  17. Very cool!

    I love your color choices too.

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  18. WOW! Can't wait to try this =>

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  19. muriel11:40 AM

    Hello from France! Thanks for sharing your ideas! My son has just treated me with several cans of spray paint and I can't wait to play with them.

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  20. Cathy Huer12:38 PM

    Thanks, another fab idea. For Javacurls, the art shop Dable, sells spray paint for €3.85, ( where I live, in France), and they have a shop in Bruxelles, 25 rue du Midi, 1000 Bruxelles, phone. 3225 120 507, they sell online in France, so they might do the same where you are...

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  21. The word genius comes to mind. So going to try this for holiday gifts this year.

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  22. oh my goodness,so many possibilities! can you imagine receiving a package so beautiful?!

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  23. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice day!

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  24. wow! ( do you read these comments? i see people ask questions but no answer>>>)

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  25. Una gran idea!!! El resultado es precioso!!
    Adoro tu trabajo. Gracias por compartir!!
    Abrazos desde España.

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  26. you are brilliant! :)

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  27. whoa !!! just wonderful !

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  28. Very nice technique.....must try absolutely!thankssss

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  29. It's a really nice idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Sara*

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  31. I tried this but the spray paint was goey and made a mess of the ornaments.
    It was Krylon paint.

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  32. Anonymous1:10 PM

    do you think i can use this technique to die fabric?

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  33. Used to do this with easter eggs! But how to avoid fingerprints on the ornaments?! And best paint brand?

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  34. Very Nice! The Christmas ornaments are great! I will use this technique at http://www.messypalette.com
    Thanks!!!

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  36. Awesome marbelization! I got here from a link on Aunt Peaches blog. She always steers me to another amazing site. I will be checking back soon with you, too.

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  38. So excited to try this technique with my girls! Just curious. You should the paint dries quickly even on the water. Do you do more than one sheet at time? What do you do with the water/paint mixture when it dries? Do you dump it out somewhere and then do a new setup?

    Thanks so much for your post! Great project!

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  39. o, I just love this idea, but have a few question for you. The first question is...Is there a certain type of paint? Can I use a cheap Walmart version or do I need to use the more expensive version. The second question...Do all the paints need to be gloss or can you use a matte or even texture paint? And last question...After trying this technique, I noticed some see through spots after dipping and water bubbles. Is this normal and what should I do to fix these problems if not normal? Thanks so much, Allison

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  40. Love this project - so creative and fun! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  41. Beautiful. Where can I see the answers to questions that others have asked?

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    1. Same question here... but i think, Nomie, that those questions will stay without answers from Alisa or someone else : (

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