This is a project I shared over on Classy Clutter months ago, but realized I never followed up with my OWN incomparable readers! My To Do list is long over here and I’m chugging away at some fun things for Louisa’s room, our master bedroom, and the foyer. I’m also beginning to look past these decorating tasks to more extensive projects around here like stripping wallpaper, painting floors and replacing toilets! What’s next on your project list?
Real-deal marbleizing involves alum and sizing and inks and pigments and is generally too complicated for my impulsive DIY brain. Thankfully, there are plenty of suggestions on the world wide web for cheating a little bit and keeping marbleizing easy!
Wanna know what I happen to have a lot of leftover from my powder room redesign? Liquid Starch. Which is all you need to make beautiful marbleized paper in your own backyard. (Or kitchen… I did both.)
Fill a pan with liquid starch… maybe 3/4″-1″deep? Not much. I used regular ol’ craft paint and experimented with a few different ways to drop the paint into the starch. The method that worked best was to lightly ‘wave’ the paint back and forth over the starch so I had a scribble-like pattern. (When I just squirted it into the starch, a lot of the paint sank to the bottom like in this picture… the brightest pattern comes when more paint sticks to the surface of the liquid.)
Take a toothpick or a skewer and lightly run it through the paint collected on the surface and play around with what marbled patterns you like! Swirls or stripes or zigzags… whatever floats your boat. (See what I did there? Float…)
I had some heavy watercolor paper in my stash, so I cut it to fit the pan and then lightly laid it onto the surface of the starch. Gently pull it out and rinse off the starch. (Don’t worry… the paint won’t wash away even a little bit!)
So yeah. Um, that’s it. Silly easy. (I sort of want to fill our baby pool with liquid starch and try to make big giant sheets of marbleized paper, but then the kids will want to go swimming so I’ll have to take the beach towels out of storage and then they’ll want to make forts out of them so I’ll have to move around the patio furniture which will probably mean sweeping the patio so I’ll look for the broom and notice that the hooks in the garage need to be replaced so next thing you know I’ll be building a new storage system out there, and well… that’s just too much. So no baby pool.)
Aren’t they SO pretty?! Think of the possibilities even without doing a baby pool sized paper… book covers, stationary, cute holiday gift tags, use thinner paper and cover a table with them, wall paper the back of a shelf with them… I’m going to buy more starch, y’all…
Oh! If you want a way to marbleize with your kids… this shaving cream technique is amazing. Also? You should know that I’ll do any activity with my kids that involves shaving cream.
Come back tomorrow to see what a day in the life looks like these days. I’m teaming up with some amazing bloggers to reflect on what it means to be a mom and juggle a blog!
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