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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62 comments:

Preeti said...

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

carolynchenault said...

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

A Little Creation said...

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 =]

Kara said...

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!

Yael said...

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! :-)

Kooky Cakes said...

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.

Javacurls said...

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!

Lynda said...

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

Proje Çantası said...

Thanks. Super super idea!

AUBREY @ Project Lovegood said...

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

~Aubrey
Project Lovegood

TheGrantZookeeper said...

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

Hi, Im Kelly! said...

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

lifeofdeb said...

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.

Lisa said...

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

Anonymous said...

Great ideas! Thanks!
~Julia

Sondra said...

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

kara d said...

Very cool!

I love your color choices too.

Khadijah Stott-Andrew said...

WOW! Can't wait to try this =>

muriel said...

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.

Cathy Huer said...

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...

Katie Bolinger said...

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

laurie said...

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

clara said...

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

Faygie Fellig said...

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

Silvia de Silmariñecas said...

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

studioGypsy said...

you are brilliant! :)

nanditark said...

whoa !!! just wonderful !

peggy said...

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

*S* said...

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

Sara*

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Katherine said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Pbourque said...

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

Kurt said...

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

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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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Holly said...

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!

Allison Creech said...

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

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

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

Nomie2020 said...

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

tehri said...

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

Paul Thomson said...

Great tutorial Alisa, Thanks for taking the time to write it - I'm sure many will benefit from your shared knowledge! FYI, I used it as a reference on a recent paper marbling tutorial I did myself a week or two ago, I hope you don't mind...? http://www.ibookbinding.com/blog/marbled-paper-bookbinding-tutorial-and-photo-gallery/

Keep up the good work and again, many thanks!
~ Paul

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Anonymous said...

For everyone that is asking what material to use for this project. I used Montana Gold Spray paint (acrylics) and water colour paper (cold pressed). If you spray too much spray paint in the water you will get patterns that might look murky and brown. It is best to spray a bit at a time and layer each application.

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Shannon said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Richard said...

Brilliant! I never think about using paint sprayer this way.

Meghann Rogers said...

This is so beautiful! I just tried it, though, with a couple of colors of spray paint and had trouble with there being numerous still-white spots on the paper. Place to which the paint didn't adhere for whatever reason. Do you have any idea why this might be? I was hoping to create some custom cards with this paper for my card making business!

Noir the Texas Tabby said...

Ooh, Alisha thank YOU for showing this about the ornaments! My human just got done trying to swirl the paint inside some ornaments--again--and is frustrated---again---She's got other humans interested in getting some of her ornaments, but my human isn't satisfied with the look. Somebody told her Montana paints were wonderful. We just got RustOleum for now, we'll go practice on that for a moment. You've made my human happy---and she wanted me to tell you, that you two have the SAME last name. Spelled right and everything!! :)

Noir the Texas Tabby said...

Hello---the spots might be because of the paper you used. This marbling technique is called 'suminagashi'--an ancient Japanese, basically "ink floating on water"--my human learned this in workshop. Experiment with different types of paper. Good luck!

Taylor Richey said...

Would this also work on plastic ornaments?

Serviced Apartments London Lady said...

So gorgeous and swirly and interesting, thanks for sharing!

MichelB said...

Would this work on plastic ornaments?

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Amazing colors, great job and nice pictures too !

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