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Making Marbleized Artwork

October 31, 2019

Marbleized Artwork - red and white artworkThis is a fun, simple way to create eye stunning and unique artwork without having to have any artistic talent. You can use this technique on countless objects to gain the same marbleized look, but for this project I've chosen canvas panels. All you need is the object you want marbleized, a bin filled with water, and nail polish and you too will soon be creating beautiful artwork and decorations.

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Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2

Supplies:

  • 2 8x10 canvas panels (I found these at the dollar store for $1.00)
  • desired colors of nail polish - I chose three colors per panel (this can also be purchased for $1 per bottle at the dollar store)
  • plastic bin or bucket filled with water the temperature of the water should be room temperature
  • 1 trash bag
  • rubber gloves
Marbleized Artwork - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. First for easy clean up you will want to line your plastic bin or bucket with a trash bag, then fill your bin half way to three quarters of the way full with water. You don't want the water to be too cold or hot, the best results are achieved from the water being at room temperature.
  2. Marbleized Artwork - line bin with trash bag
     
    Marbleized Artwork - fill part way with water, room temperature for this project
     
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  3. Next, gather your polish and canvas panels. You will want to do this in a room with good ventilation. Be sure to wear disposable gloves as you don't want this polish to get on your skin.
  4. Marbleized Artwork - gloves, polish, and canvas
     
    Marbleized Artwork - canvas
     
  5. Once you have all your supplies, and bin with water you will want to take all the lids off the nail polish first and set them aside.
  6. Marbleized Artwork - remove all of the polish lids
     
  7. Take your first color and pour a few drops into the water. Some will float on top of the water and some will sink. Then add your second and third colors.
  8. Marbleized Artwork - add first color
     
    Marbleized Artwork - next
     
    Marbleized Artwork
     
    Marbleized Artwork
     
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  9. Take your canvas panel and fully submerge it into the water and pull it back out. Multiple dips are not recommended as the best results I've found usually come from a single dip. This is matter of opinion of course.
  10. Marbleized Artwork - ready to dip canvas
     
    Marbleized Artwork - fully submerged upside down
     
    Marbleized Artwork - removed canvas with artwork image
     
  11. Before switching colors you will want to skim the paint from the top of your water that didn't get on your panel. Set your panel aside to dry.
  12. Marbleized Artwork - skim off floating polish
     
    Marbleized Artwork - removing polish
     
    A marble look artwork made from nail polish.
     
  13. It will smell heavily of nail polish until it dries so make sure the room is well ventilated. Don't forget to open your window if you're doing it indoors.
  14. Marbleized Artwork - open window for ventilation
     
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  15. After your panels are dry you can individualize them however you would like, I made these here as gifts for my kids' birthdays.
  16. Marbleized Artwork - pink panel with necklace
     
    Marbleized Artwork - brightly colored panel with jewels added
     
    Marbleized Artwork - another panel with a necklace with a cross
     
  17. Like I said in the intro this technique can be used on a variety of objects not just canvas panels. I recently used it decorating our Halloween pumpkins and I have all sorts of ideas on how to apply the technique to the Christmas decorating season! Have fun!
  18. Marbleized Artwork - white painted pumpkin
     
    Marbleized Artwork - marbleized finish on pumpkin with glitter
     
    Marbleized Artwork - another pumpkin
     
  19. I spent less than $10.00 at the Dollar Tree for all my supplies so it's a great way to make meaningful handmade gifts and it won't cost a lot.
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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,246 Posts
April 30, 2018

This is a fun way to marblize paper with food colouring and oil, using no harmful chemicals. Since oil and water don't mix, the food colouring only stains the paper where the oil doesn't settle, creating beautiful and exciting scenes. This is a fantastic and low-cost craft to do with kids.

Oil and Food Colouring Marble Art - examples of the finished pages

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