Thursday, February 8

Tutorial: Marbling

I first tried marbling as a young child way back in primary school. From memory, we used a basin of water with oil based colours that floated on the surface of the liquid. A good friend of mine showed me the technique again a few years ago, although this time we used shaving cream instead of water and distress inks instead of the oil based colours. I had yet another go sometime last year when a lovely lady from my stamping group ran a tutorial. Now it's time for you to have a go...

1. You'll need a large, high sided basin (I'm using a tinfoil baking tray), a can of inexpensive shaving foam, water based inks and LOTS of things to clean up with!

2. Add a generous layer of shaving foam to the basin. Use a knife or paddlepop stick to get it relatively even and level.

3. Choose some water based inks that coordinate nicely - I used Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Pine Needles distress ink refills.

4. Use a toothpick or skewer to drag the colour around. You can drag random patterns like I did, or go for something a little more symmetrical.

5. Lay your card stock directly into the shaving foam to pick up the colours.

6. Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess shaving foam and you have a cool marbled piece of card stock. You can keep making impressions for as long as there's colour in the basin.

7. Now have a go with some other colours and patterns.

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  1. Wonderful Beccy! Love it! Thank you so much!
    Liv xxx

  2. Mmm yummy colours Bec. Found some shav8ng foam s while ago.. must try!!! Shaz in Oz.x P.S. we did the real deal when kids with my das. He was oil artist. Its brilliant when done well. X

  3. I love this technique, and have done it using food colouring dye on the shaving foam. Great results Beccy :-)

  4. Hi Beccy those backgrounds are stunning that is a fab technique. I do love the colours you have used. Thank you for sharing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. I love doing this technique and I do it with my grand children they like it too...tfs

  6. I just love this technique for background papers, so many times I go back to amazing how pretty they turn out....thank you...luv Ursula xx