There’s something utterly memerising about the abstract swirls and unique patterns of marbling, yet this ancient technique is one which most crafters never get a chance to try. If you’ve always fancied giving it a go, follow our easy stepby- step guide to create a distinctive and totally original greeting that is sure to impress your friends and family this festive season.
- Pebeo Marbling Fabric Paint
- Pebeo Marbling Bath
- Mixing bowl
- Shallow plastic tray
- Cocktail sticks
- Thick paper
- Single-fold greetings cards
- Coloured card
- Flat-backed gem stones
How to... Marble paper
Pour one litre of cold water into a mixing bowl, add two heaped teaspoons of thickener and stir well. Leave to stand for two hours, then pour the mixture into a shallow tray to a depth of 2-3cm.
Using a dropper, add a few drops of Marbling Paint to the surface of the solution and allow to spread out for a few seconds. Add a second and third colour, then use a cocktail stick to swirl the paints together.
Carefully lay a sheet of paper on the surface, leave for about 10 seconds, then slowly lift off. Rinse under cold running water and lay out to dry.
Lift the old paint colours off of the surface of the solution using kitchen towel, add more solution if necessary, then repeat steps 3 and 4 with other colour combinations.
How to... Christmas card
Once dry, trim your marbled paper to 14cm squares and adhere to the front of a blank greetings card.
Using the templates online, cut shapes from coloured card. Score gently along the fold lines, then crease carefully to create 3D shapes. Glue the motifs in place. Embellish with flat-backed gems to finish.