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Ocean Waves Arches I

Water Marbling

Ocean Waves Arches I
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Ocean Waves Arches I

designed by crimson duvall

Use the Ocean Waves Water Marble Paint Set to create a captivating arched pattern on paper.

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Water Marbling

  • Magic Medium Water Prep (DWM100-36)
  • Ocean Waves Water Marbling Set (BD5WMOW)
  • Speciality Marbling Sticks (20pc) (DABK50-K)
  • Water Marbling Premium Cleaning Paper (32pcs) (DAS278-K)

Other supplies

  • paper towels
  • iron
  • watercolor paper
  • water marbling tray (for magic medium+ water with lid)
  • tray for rinsing (tray)


NOTES: Before you begin be sure to set up your water marbling station. You should have your supplies set up and easily accessible. Following directions on bottle, mix the Magic Medium Water Prep with the appropriate amount of water in the water marbling tray or separate container. You should also have a tray of clean water to rinse your prints after they are dipped. (TIP: Lay out paper towels to place your fresh prints on to speed drying time.) Plan to create several unique prints at one time. Some of the drops of paint will sink and you may begin to see drops of paint gathering on the bottom of the tray, this is normal and will not effect the surface where the print is pulled. For this project use the Ocean Waves Water Marbling Set, which includes the following colors: Light Blue, Blue, Green, Aquamarine and Tropical Blue.

  1. Prepare your size. Follow the easy instructions on the Magic Medium bottle to prepare the size (water) mixture. (TIP: Prepare mixture in a plastic tub with a lid and fill/refill the water marbling tray as needed. Cover unused size and store at room temperature to keep it fresh for up to five days) Now you are ready to add paint.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Start by filling the surface of the water with an even coat of Light Blue. Do this by pouring a line of paint horizontally across the center of the tray.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Add two more lines of paint. (TIP: Allow paint to disperse before adding next line of paint.)
    Step 2 Example
  4. Next, add two lines of Blue down the center, horizontally.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Add two lines of Green paint.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Add two lines of Aquamarine.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Then add two lines of Tropical Blue.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Add another line of each color of paint in the same order. First, add a line of Light Blue.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Add a line of Blue.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Add a line of Green paint and allow the paint to disperse before adding the next color.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Add a line of Aquamarine paint.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Add a line of Tropical Blue.
    Step 11 Example
  13. To make the Arches pattern, you will make lines in the surface of the paint by pulling the Water Marbling Stick in one direction. Put the tip of the stick into the paint and pull downward.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Take out the stick and wipe clean between each pull.
    Step 13 Example
  15. Repeat process across the entire surface.
    Step 14 Example
  16. When your tray is ready to transfer the design onto the paper, use a piece of DecoArt's Premium Water Marbling Paper to get maximum absorbency of the paint. (TIP: Keep paper very dry! If the surface is wet prior to dipping into the size, it won't absorb the paint, which will result in a white spot.) A good technique to minimize bubbles in your print is to hold your paper on opposing corners to allow the center of the paper to touch the surface first. Then, slowly lay your corners down onto the surface. Make sure the paper is in full contact with the surface.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Allow the paper to float on the surface of the size for a moment. This allows the design to transfer onto the paper. The corners of the paper will begin to pull away from the surface. Lift the paper off the surface by lifting opposing corners of the paper. Although you may notice some slight finger smudges in the corners of the paper, do not be concerned. They simply add to the overall effect. Place print face down in a clean tray of water to rinse off extra sizing. This step is optional, but rinsing off extra sizing allows for cleaner, more vibrant colors to shine through! Also, the paper will be less stiff and dry flatter.
    Step 16 Example
  18. There will be extra paint left on the surface. You can transfer another print at this point. (TIP: blow on the surface to give the paint more movement and interest.) The pool of sizing can be reused again and again.
    Step 17 Example
  19. To prepare the pool for a new project, simply use DecoArt's Water Marbling Premium Cleaning Paper and drag it across the surface until clean. (TIP: Remember, just the surface has to be clean to reuse. There may still be paint that has fallen to the bottom. This is called "sinking". This will not affect further prints!)
    Step 18 Example
  20. Allow print to completely dry.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Allow print to dry completely. Lay paper, print side down and using an iron on high, iron to flatten. (TIP: Place a piece of watercolor paper between the paint and the table surface to protect the print. If you have steam, place a paper towel between the watercolor paper and the table.
    Step 20 Example
  22. The print looks beautiful in a simple frame. But there are endless possibilities as to how you can use these one-of-a-kind prints. Incorporate them in a collage, cover a journal, or even as a background for a mixed media project.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Try using DecoArt's Water Marbling Surface prep and techniques to hydro-dip a scarf, a pair of shoes or anything you want to try!
    Step 22 Example