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Easy Marbling Tutorial + Martha Stewart Living Giveaway

Ryan Liebe for Martha Stewart Living

It’s that time of the month! I’m so excited to be able to share this gorgeous marbling tutorial from Martha Stewart Living. Marbling is one of those crafts that seems really intimidating, but with these instructions, you’ll find it quite simple. There are so many fab applications for this technique, it’s worth giving it a whirl! How much fun would it be to have these coasters for a spring party!
Ryan Liebe for Martha Stewart Living

Okay, I’d take this beauty in my office! love. The other good news is that I have a great giveaway to get you kickstarted in your marbling obsession. Leave a comment below and I’ll randomly select a winner to receive this goody package: a copy of the current Martha Stewart Living issue, one 12 pack of Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint (kind of like this) and one 8 oz bottle of Martha Stewart Crafts Durable decoupage (U.S. and Canada only). Gee. I’m kinda wishing I could win this! Make sure you leave your email or other way for me to find you if it’s not connected to your profile.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, B. Kolic! You are the lucky winner! I’ll be in touch soon.

Ryan Liebe for Martha Stewart Living

I haven’t tried marbling yet, but I certainly want to now! I think it would be a great way to get some gorgeous wall art. Or, how much fun for an Easter table runner. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

Of course, you can find this craft and lots of other great ideas in the March issue of Martha Stewart Living, available on newsstands and for iPad now. This issue is gorgeous. I mean, just look at the cover!

Tutorial for Marbling
This tutorial is provided courtesy of Martha Stewart Living and can also be found at Martha Stewart.

  • Alum
  • 2 shallow plastic bins (with lids, optional)
  • Medium (paper, leather, or fabric)
  • Plastic bucket
  • Methocel
  • Distilled water
  • Clear ammonia
  • Whisk
  • Craft paints
  • Paper cups
  • Dispersant
  • Coffee stirrers
  • Clothesline or drying rack
  • Paper towels

Step 1

Prepare Materials: Mix 3 tablespoons alum per quart of hot tap water in a bin; let cool. Soak leather or prewashed fabric in mixture for 20 minutes, or brush onto paper. Let dry flat. (Reserve alum mixture in bin to use over several days.)

Step 2

Prepare “size,” or base, for paint: In bucket, mix 4 tablespoons Methocel per gallon of warm distilled water. Add 1 tablespoon ammonia per gallon and mix vigorously with whisk.

Step 3

Pour Methocel mixture into second bin. Let sit until all bubbles dissipate. (This should take several hours; mixture will have a sheer, viscous consistency, slightly thinner than egg whites.)

Step 4

Squeeze paints into paper cups (mix some, if desired). Thin each with a drop of dispersant and slowly add water until paint has consistency of whole milk.

Step 5

Marble: With a coffee stirrer, drop paint onto several spots on surface of size; let pigment spread out 2 to 3 inches.

Step 6

Add another color, dropping paint into middle of previous color, if desired.

Step 7

Continue in this fashion, adding color over color and letting paint spread out and form random shapes. Repeat sequence in several spots over surface.

Step 8

Some paints will spread out more than others; the more concentrated the color, the more it will stay put.

Step 9

Drag stirrer through paint to add swirls and create designs; work over whole bin, or focus on specific areas.

Step 10

Gently lay medium flat onto size, and pat to remove air bubbles.

Step 11

Let sit until fully saturated.

Step 12

Pick medium up by two corners.

Step 13

Gently and evenly pull up. Rinse thoroughly under running water until soapy film is gone. Hang to dry. Lay paper towels on size surface, then lift to remove paint. Reuse size as desired for several days (cover bin with lid or plastic wrap when not in use to protect from dust).

Good luck! Make sure you tell me if you try it!

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