Road Test: Marabu Easy Marble

“Paper marbling has always fascinated me, and I love finding old books with boldly marbled end papers. Marbled papers are great stash builders for collage and bookbinding. I’ve experimented with different marbling techniques over the years. Marabu’s Easy Marble got my attention because it provides opaque, bright coverage on many surfaces. Since the color is opaque, you can marble on any kind of paper, including patterned papers, found papers, and vintage papers, without creating a muddy look. I love to layer pattern on top of pattern, and this product provides a great top layer of pure color.” – Diana Trout

Project Details

Artist: Diana Trout

Instructions: The instructions for this project can be found in the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Techniques included in this project: Marbling on a variety of surfaces, creating an array of marbled patterns, developing a marbling color palette.


NOTE: When working with solvent-based products, it’s important to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Open a window or set up a fan since this product has an odor.

  • Protected work surface
  • Rubber gloves
  • Containers for marbling baths: plastic bowls, deli containers, or shallow containers, such as a clear plastic frames
  • Water
  • Marabu Easy Marble, various colors
  • Drinking straws, toothpicks, or skewers
  • Items to be marbled (I used watercolor paper, a 4″ square stretched canvas, and a small porcelain bowl. Any painted, porous or non-porous surface is fair game.)
  • Scrap paper
  • Optional:
    • Tweezers or pliers, to hold 3-D objects while marbling

See how you can marble almost any surface in Road Test in the Fall 2018 digital or print issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.


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