|Marbling paper or fabric in water using special "marbling inks" that float on the water's surface:
There are many ways to marble paper on water, most of them include using powders in the water and coatings for papers that can
be expensive and complicated to set up. The method I tried here simply uses special formulated inks that are fast drying oil-based pigments that float on water and adhere
to any dry surface you dip onto it.
|Pouring or dripping effects with acrylic paints for canvas or wood surfaces:
This method can be done with thinned acrylic paints by diluting with water or pouring mediums (such as Liquitex Pouring Medium, or Golden's Gac 800).
|Easy methods for marbling and swirled paint effects: 1) Shaving cream acrylic paint transfers. 2) Using marbling inks floating on water for paper or fabric dipping. 3)
Thick acrylic paint on canvas or wood swirled with stir stick or comb. 4) Thick acrylic paint on canvas or wood applied by pouring or dripping techniques. 5) Paint applied
to a non-stick craft sheet, water misted and paper dipped into it. Compare the different types of acrylic paints, liquid acrylics and distress paints.
6) A similar effect can be made with dragging a hair comb or eraser marks over gel plates (mono printing plates such as a gelli plate / gel press). A new tutorial for this
has been added to the bottom of this page.
|Shaving cream transfer technique:
This method is ideal for any sturdy cardstock or watercolor paper using acrylic paint. It is very inexpensive, I used less than 10 cents worth of shaving cream in the photo
tutorial below from my $1 can of Equate. Only buy regular foam (not gel or any kind with special moisturizers).
|Using a comb, tooth pick or needle tool to create marbling patterns in thick applications of acrylic paints:
Because this method requires a thick enough layer of paint to be swirled, I prefer to use inexpensive craft acrylics.
|Water misted acrylic paints applied to a non-stick craft sheet to be picked up with heavy cardstock or watercolor papers:
Distress paint is the most popular product used in this method, but here I will explore all types of acrylic paint products from the cheapest craft acrylics, liquid acrylics,
watered-down heavy acrylic paints and more.
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|This pattern is created by squirting out acrylic craft paints in stripes of
alternating colors next to each other on a canvas. Use a hair comb to
drag through the paint, waving the stroke with the comb as you go.
I recommend using a light body acrylic, not heavy or liquid, such as the
inexpensive types in a bottle commonly found at Michaels/JoAnn craft
stores. Apple Barrel and Deco Art brands have a nice semi-liquid light
body (not too thick to swirl the paint, not too thin to instantly blend
together) and average only 50 cents to $2 per 2oz bottles.
Step by step pictures and more projects made with this technique
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|I have seen several comments about distress paint being "just watered down acrylic" so I did some testing, and it plainly is not. Distress "Paint" is actually a
hybrid between Ranger's ink products and a unique chalky opaque substance that lacks the typical acrylic paint binder. It is not the same as any of the acrylic
paints I tried, not even heavily watered down paints or liquid acrylics. The binder that makes up "acrylic" is a glue-like substance, it creates a film with a bit of
shine. You can literally peel acrylic paint off of a non-stick surface because of this binder. Distress paint lacks that thick glue-like shine, leaving a page decorated
with it easily drawn on with pen or pencils. It also does not thin with water the same way acrylic does, the chalky opaque substance makes it less transparent
than acrylic paints when diluted with water.
|You can not use acrylic paints straight from their bottles like distress paints for this technique. You have to create a thin mixture of paint and water before
applying it to your non-stick craft sheet. If you attempt to mix water onto acrylic on the sheet, instead of mixing it before hand, you will get uneven spots/thick
clumps of shiny acrylic. It's like glue, a shiny film that will peel off.
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|Basics of monoprinting (a single print from a gel plate that has been coated with paint).
|The gel plates, combs and other tools can be found on the ink, stencil and embellish page here.
|Monoprinting techniques work with almost all brands of acrylic paints.
|A fun thing to do with your marbled papers is to transfer images onto them from your favorite photographs or magazines.
Package tape can be used to easily and cheaply make small item transfers:
|Alternate method to create shiny image transfers using magazine images or toner (laser printer) prints with nothing but clear packaging tape and water!