Marbled Smooch™

by Lydia Fiedler

Create a marbled background with Smooch and water.


  • Colored Smooch™ Pearlized Accent Ink

  • Bowl of water

  • Watercolor paper


  1. Step 1

    Fill a bowl or container with tap water.

  2. Step 2

    With a light color of Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, touch the applicator to the water's surface to create circles of pigment.

  3. Step 3

    With a bolder color of smooch, touch applicator to the water's surface, both inside and outside the circles of lighter pigment. The longer you hold the brush in the water, the larger your circle will be.

  4. Step 4

    Fill up an area larger than the shape you intend to marbleize with Smooch in a pattern you like.

  5. Step 5

    Close the Smooch and use the lid of the container to swirl the pigments into a marbled pattern.

  6. Step 6

    Place a piece of die cut watercolor paper face down onto the surface of the water.

  7. Step 7

    Immediately remove paper and set on mat to dry - do not blot.

  8. Step 8

    Use marbled paper on finished project


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Marbled Smooch™. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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can't wait to try this one.
keep feeding us ideas please!!!
g-a-randm  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 3:29 AM
I didn't know how to use my smooch so this video was just what I needed Thanks!
Trish  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 4:21 AM
Superbe technique. Merci pour le tutoriel. Amicalement.
Micha  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 4:59 AM
You don't have a Texas accent!!!! I love your voice and I loved your tutorial...I don't have any Smooch - YET! Great look!
Bridget  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 5:04 AM
This was unexpected, beautiful and looks fun to try. Reminds me of the kits for marbling that were available years ago. Potential treatment for art/lettering journal pages. Thanks!
Denise  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 5:15 AM
Can this technique be created with any other inks besides Smooch? Or the thin applicator tip key to the technique? Thanks for the video?
Janet Nelson  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 5:17 AM

You can a Faux Marbled look with different mediums as well. Try alcohol inks or even adding shaved pastels into your water. Use a tooth pick to swirl.
Beate  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 5:29 AM
oooh, awesome. Another way to use these neglected crafty supplies! Thanks, Lydia!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 5:36 AM
I loved this it has so much possibilities.
Emilie Boyd  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 5:43 AM
Great tutorial! Liked it when you gave extra tips. Thank you
This reminds me of a technique I have not used in years. With that technique I used shaving cream. This is a softer look and does not leave the smell. Will give it a try soon.
Craft smiles
Craft smiles  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 6:26 AM
Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this! I may have to go out and get more Smooch...and I'm going to try the Alcohol Inks by Ranger too.
Toni Johnson  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 6:49 AM
LOVE your marblized look. Can't wait to try it.
Pamela  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 7:13 AM
Thanks! I have done this with other types of paint, but didn't know Smooch would do it! SO HAPPY!! Can't wait to pull out my goodies... NOW!
Betty Brett  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 7:49 AM
I have tried this with various mediums, a great idea, thanks so much for the tutorial, a great finish....xx
Ursula  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM
We used to do the same thing using shaving cream and regular ink refills, putting shaving cream in a pan, dotting ink drops here and there, then swirling it. Dip cardstock onto it so surface is covered, pull it out and blot it off with paper toweling. Don't need to buy special cardstock or Smooch. Works great!
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 8:24 AM
Beautiful technique! Definitely try this one. Also thanks for your humor - you made me laugh which was an added bonus!!
SueB  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM
I am a seamstress and would love to have those stamps - who makes them?
Bev  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM
Thank you, this looks fun. Now I know what to do with Smooch. I did the shaving cream, this looks so much less messy.
MarthaFearsMe  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM
Bev, aren't they cute? My Favorite Things created the stamps with matching die. You can purchase the die and stamp set separately or together.
Die-namics Sew Nifty and Stamp set
Beate  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM
We do have a tutorial for the shaving cream technique as well. But it's always nice to show different variations and slightly different techniques with different products.
beate  |  Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

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