A fun tutorial on how to marble
We had a blast creating these cocktail and dinner napkins to use for parties or events! This marbling technique takes time, but it’s so much fun. Once you actually see the paint adhering to the napkin, it’s totally worth it!! We wanted to marble every fabric item around us. It was pretty awesome and worth a try. We also did this with ceramic coasters too. They looked awesome.
How to Make Hand-Marbled Fabrics
Marbling Fabric Supplies
Acrylic Paint in whatever colors you want
Fabric marbling trays or large shallow storage bin that allows napkins to lay flat when marbling.
Bucket of water to the side to rinse fabric once marbled
Small cups for paint
Directions for Fabric Marbling
1. The trick to adhering the paint to fabric is presoaking the fabric in alum. You can do this the night before. Mix 3 tablespoons alum per 1 quart of hot water. Let the alum dissolve, then soak the fabric for 20 minutes. Hang to completely dry before marbling.
2. In the large flat bin, prepare the marbling base by mixing 4 tablespoons Methocel and 1 tablespoon Ammonia per gallon of warm water. Whisk until it’s completely mixed and then let it sit for 1-2 hours until the mixture is thick and most of the bubbles have dissipated.
3. While you wait, prepare small jars of Acrylic Paint. Squeeze about 2 tablespoons of paint into the jar and slowly thin using Golden Acrylic Polymer until it’s a milky consistency.
4. Iron the dried and prepared pieces of fabric.
5. Once the bin mixture is set, go through and pop any bubbles that are still remaining. Then drop the paint colors on top of the mixture using popsicle sticks or skewers. You can layer paint colors, place different colors on top of each other, etc. Some paints will spread out more and others will go on a little thicker and that’s okay.
6. When you’re satisfied with the colors you’ve placed, take the fine tip of the skewer and drag it through the paint to create a marble pattern.
7. Once the pattern is ready, place the napkin flat down on the surface. Make sure every inch of the napkin fits flat inside the bin. Whatever the napkin touches, will be transferred to the fabric. You can see the pattern adhere from the backside.
8. Take one side and lift towards you, pulling the napkin up.
9. Transfer the napkin to the clean bucket of water next to you and rinse. Then hang to dry or lay flat on a towel.
Tips for making hand-marbled fabrics:
Make sure you follow the directions well. Wear gloves if you don’t want to marble your fingers! Play around with other flat objects. The paint will adhere to ceramics and thick paper too.
Does acrylic paint work on ceramic and does not wash off?
This method of marbling will also adhere to ceramic and will not wash off. We made coasters at an event that were so fun. It’s best to create a project with a flat surface. Some other ideas would be serving trays, outside of plates, ceramic picture frames or even thick paper.
There are also fabric marbling kits if you’re looking to do a quick project or doing this with kids.
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