One of my most popular posts of all time is my spray paint marbling tutorial back from 2014. I've received all kinds of questions about this process and recently I received an inquiry about how to marbleize a canvas. I am sure there are a variety of different ways to create marbleized wall art - technically you can frame marbled paper but I thought it would be fun today to share a long time painting trick of mine that creates the look of marbling.
After spending over half of my life painting, I've got a lot of tricks and short cuts that I have discovered through experimentation. Today's trick is something I stumbled upon years ago. Since I typically paint on large surfaces, in lots of layers, I am always looking for ways to quickly fill a surface with color and texture. One day I discovered that when you smash a wet surface (like canvas or wood) into wet paint you can create a fast beautiful and blended abstract surface filled with color that has a marbled look to it!
I start by laying down plastic or even a drop cloth on the floor. Next, I squirt, drop, splatter and spill paint onto the plastic. Then I grab a paint brush and move the paint around- just a little bit.
Then I grab a spray bottle filled with water and I "spritz" the paint, enough to get things a little watery.
Next I press my surface (in this case I used a light weight wood panel) into the paint.
I pull my wood panel away to reveal a colorful, blended surface. Depending on the result I may press my panel back into the paint or add more paint and water to the plastic to achieve a more marbled look.
TIP- For a little more of the marbled effect, scrunch up the plastic letting the paint run and mix together.
The final results will NEVER look exactly like marbled paper but I actually like it better! There is something so yummy about layers of thick juicy color, blended and dripping together.
These surfaces make a great beginning layer for a painting or collage or even can be abstract and colorful art sure to add a POP of color to a wall!