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Easy Marbling

There are only 3 steps to making these marbled papers. To get set up, all you need to do is put plain old tap water into a container then get ready to have fun playing!

  1. Sprinkle on the Easy Marble.
  2. Swirl the color around with a toothpick.
  3. Put your paper on the water and lift up the color.

Watch Easy Marble and Book Text on YouTube.

No matter how many colors you sprinkle on the water, it won’t make mud. Sprinkling is easy because there is a special cap on it so just a drop at a time comes out.

To create the swirls and pattern, take a toothpick or similar item, and drag it through the color.  Then just put your book text, white paper, whatever you are marbling, into the water.  Lift up the paper out and you’ll have all that color now on your paper.

Set the paper aside to dry.  When I pull the paper out of the water, I put it on a paper towel on the counter to dry.  There is very little wrinkling this way. If your paper wrinkles up for you, after the paint is completely dry, you can press it flat by putting it under a heavy book for a day.


Monochromatic or rainbow?  You have the freedom to make the color combinations you want because it is all the same easy peasy technique.

These bottles look little, but they are mighty.  Since only a drop comes out at a time, I was quite surprised by how many papers these can make.

What can you do with your marbled papers?  Art journals, collage, ATC’s, cards, scrapbooking layouts – anything you enjoy making with paper!

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Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

Colors of Easy Marble in the video: white, orange, lemon, reseda, cherry red, azure blue, black, rose pink, light green, aqua green, light blue, silver, turquoise, and dark ultramarine.

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  • Sara July 8, 2018, 9:23 pm

    I have these and love them, but I have a lot of trouble with the paint sticking to the toothpick in a large gob. Did you have trouble with that and, if so, how did you overcome it? Thanks for this video and for all your posts and videos. You are very inspirational.

  • Sandy Sapienza July 10, 2018, 8:17 am

    I too had problems with the paint glopping in the tooth pick. I checked water temperature, did all the things they said and was never satisfied with the results on paper. It printed fine but the stirring was an issue. Do you have trick to avoid the glopping? On the other hand these paints gave great results when dipping items.

  • Carolyn Dube July 10, 2018, 7:48 pm

    Hi Sara and Sandy- There are 2 things that come to mind the first is that the paint has started to dry some by the time you are swirling it around- when I start playing I make sure I have all my stuff right there so that I can get the color on and swirl as quickly as possible. If you’re doing it outside or have a fan on, anything that speeds up the drying time, then it will glob on faster. Also, if you use too little paint, it will dry faster. I am very generous with my paint as I do it and that may make a difference for you too.

    The second is that after a day of play, the paint begins to build up on my toothpick and the paint seems to stick to it more quickly so I wipe it off and then it doesn’t do it. Hope that helps!

  • Marilyn Szatmari July 13, 2018, 8:44 pm

    I enjoy playing with you Caroline,hugs Marilyn.

  • Cherie July 14, 2018, 6:27 am

    Wow, a new must-find product! Thank you for the video, you make it look super easy and fun.

    • Cathy July 23, 2018, 6:19 am

      You’re on top of the game. Thanks for shgianr.

  • Michele K. Ayala October 8, 2021, 12:12 pm

    I love your statement- This colorful journey is all about the freedom of play-
    3 of my children are adults, my 20 year old son passed away in April of this year. I’m regretting so much, all the little monents that could’ve been enjoyed. When they were little, we’d have art time and they were just enjoying themselves, or trying to that is. I’d be telling them to try and stay within the lines or dont spill anything, and they would go and do something else, I could never let them just ‘play’. I have grandnieces and a grandnephew, and I will share with them, and others, your impactful statement, because all art is beautiful, however created!
    Mahalo from Kawaiala
    Hilo, HI 96720