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Water Marbling

WATER MARBLING™

MARBLING/HYDRO DIPPING PAINT

Water Marbling

Water Marbling™

A complete system of ready-to-use water prep, vibrant marbling acrylics, surface preparation, and tools. Safe and non-toxic. Just dissolve the Marbling Magic Medium in distilled water; drop our vibrant, perfectly balanced marbling acrylics onto the surface; use the tools to swirl and create your design; and then dip paper, fabric, shoes and more to create stunning, vibrant designs.

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Colors Available

Black
Black
White
White
Red
Red
Pink
Pink
Orange
Orange
Yellow
Yellow
Chartreuse
Chartreuse
Green
Green
Aquamarine
Aquamarine
Tropical Blue
Tropical Blue
Blue
Blue
Light Blue
Light Blue
Lavender
Lavender
Violet
Violet

Mediums, Tools & Accessories

Magic Medium

Magic Medium

Easy to use powder that mixes with water to create perfectly “sized” solution that allows the marbling color to float.

Surface Prep

Surface Prep

Dissolve this powder in warm water and soak into fabrics or lightly sponge onto surfaces for greater color permanence.

Marbling Sticks

Marbling Sticks

6” long wooden stir stick can be used to apply paint, free-hand swirled designs and mix custom colors. Set contains 20 sticks.

Marbling Paper

Marbling Paper

8.5" x 11" acid-free marbling paper specifically designed to not allow the paint pigments to penetrate the surface providing vibrant, rich colors. Pack of 20 sheets.

Cleaning Paper

Cleaning Paper

For cleaning the surface of the sized water between prints. Pack of (32) 8.5” x 11” sheets.

How To Use Water Marbling Acrylics

PREPARE WATER BATH

Measure HOT water into your tray or container using a ratio of 2 cups of water per 1 teaspoon of Magic Marbling Medium (powder). NOTE: Ten cups of water mixed with 5 teaspoons of Magic Marbling Medium will fill a 10” x 13” tray to a depth of about 1”.

Gradually sprinkle the Magic Medium into HOT water, stirring thoroughly as you go. Some floating particles will be visible. Allow the mixture to rest and become completely clear (Approx. 30 mins).

Stir again to be sure the mixture is evenly incorporated. Check that mixture has returned to room temperature. Lightly skim the surface with cleaning paper to be sure the surface is free of dust or lint. Pop any bubbles that may appear. You are ready to marble!

PRO TIP: The marbling bath can be prepared ahead and stored covered at room temperature for up to 5 days. Empty water containers are perfect for this.

START DESIGNING

Gently shake paints before using to prevent any settling that may have occurred.

Apply paint to the marbling bath surface using one or more of these methods:

  • Drop paint directly onto the surface of the bath one drop at a time, holding the dropper tip 1-2” above the surface. Or apply paint by shaking the bottle over the surface to create irregular sized drops. NOTE: Be sure to remove the inner seal of the dropper tip.
  • Dip the tip of a marbling stick into the paint and lightly touch the tip to the surface of the water.

PRO TIP: The first colors you drop into the tray will spread out farthest and may be hard to see and seem to disappear. Just keep adding more drops of paint. The paints will begin to press against one another, and your design will emerge.

Colors may be added beside or on top of each other in random patterns or in rows.

Use as many colors as you wish until the entire surface is covered to your liking.

PRO TIP: You may stop and take a print at any time, but when the drops stop spreading the tray is fully loaded and cannot accept any more paint.

You may dip a print immediately or gently swirl and move the paints around in the tray to create patterns with marbling sticks or by blowing gently on the surface.If you like, you can also drop more paint onto the pattern after swirling.

PRO TIP: If you see bubbles on the surface of your design, touch them lightly with your Marbling stick or finger to pop them before making your print.

MAKE A PRINT

Hold paper bent gently into a “U” shape, place the middle gently on the surface and release slowly out to the edges to avoid trapping any air bubbles under your print.

Gently lift by edges and allow excess size to drip back into the tray. Avoid touching the print until dry.

PRO TIP: If there is an excess of Magic Medium or paint on your paper print, you can lightly rinse away the excess by dipping it in a shallow pan of plain water. Other surfaces may be better left unrinsed.

Hang or lay flat to dry.

Once completely dry, papers can be ironed on the reverse side or stacked and pressed under a heavy object to flatten them.

CLEANING BATH FOR ANOTHER PRINT

To prepare for the next print, lightly skim the surface of the marbling bath with cleaning paper or newsprint until all excess paint is removed. Repeat until the paper comes off clean.

PRO TIP: Do not worry about drops of paint that may have fallen through the surface to the bottom of the tray. They will not affect your next print.

Proceed with your next print making as many prints as you like, until the bath reaches a point where the paint stops spreading, or the depth of it becomes too shallow. Dozens of prints can be made in a single session.

BEYOND PAPER: MARBLE 3D OBJECTS

3-D or stiff objects can be dipped by rocking them gently across the surface and/or entering the bath at an angle and then submerging the object. If needed, use a deeper container to allow the object to be completely submerged.

PRO TIP: Mask off any areas that you don’t wish to be marbled.

Fabrics should be pre-washed without fabric softener and treated with DecoArt Water Marbling Surface Prep (sold separately) before marbling.

Hold fabric bent into a “U” shape, place the middle gently onto the surface and then slowly release out to the edges.

Lift after the entire fabric piece has been wetted and let excess mixture drip into the tray. Do not wring. Immerse in a container of fresh water that allows the fabric to float freely for a few minutes, swirl gently to remove excess size or paint from the surface. Do not wring.

Hang or lie flat to dry.

Iron to set.