Watercolor Marble

by Taheerah Atchia

Use watercolors to create a marbled background effect.


  • Thick white cardstock or watercolour paper (Ellen Hutson Letterpress cardstock used here)
  • Water-based dye inks (Distress Inks in shades of green and grey used here)
  • Selection of paintbrushes in different sizes
  • Clean water
  • Heat tool (Inkssentials Heat It Tool used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Avery Elle Pure White cardstock, wood paper, ‘Framed With Evelin T Designs’ clear set from Winnie & Walter, Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink, Tsukineko Versamark ink, WOW! Metallic Copper Sparkle embossing powder, In A Word: Shine Script die by Winnie & Walter, die cutting machine, Oh My Motex label maker, scissors, ScorBuddy, bone folder, Olba Pinflair Glue Gel, Scor-Tape, Ranger Multi Matte Medium)


  1. Step 1

    Apply a wash of water over a panel of watercolour cardstock using a large brush.

  2. Step 2

    Select a watercolour medium.

  3. Prepare a palette. Here, ink cubes were pressed onto a glass surface and diluted with water.

  4. Step 3

    Using the largest paintbrush, paint a first wash of areas of pale colour on the cardstock.

  5. Add a secondary colour, allowing the colours to blend (grey and green inks used here).

  6. Step 4

    Using a smaller brush, add detailed veins using a darker ink.

  7. Step 5

    Dry the cardstock a little with a heat tool.

  8. Use finer paintbrushes to add further detail to the panel.

  9. Step 6

    When all watercolouring is complete, dry the cardstock fully using a heat tool. The finished painting looks like marble!

  10. Step 7

    Add embellishments to the card panel as desired.

  11. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Watercolor Marble. 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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BEAUTIFUL! This technique looks VERY DO-ABLE! THANK YOU!!!! wink
Becky Green  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 4:52 AM
fantastic tutorial. the best marble tutorial I have seen. gorgeous
Joan Bardee  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 4:56 AM
Great tutorial. You make this so easy to understand and replicate. Thanks so very much!
barb khaja  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 5:16 AM
Thank you for this tutorial. I may even be able to do this!
Jeanette Robertson  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 5:21 AM
Very doable marble technique. Thank you !
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 5:55 AM
Thank you! Loved seeing how you made this awesome background!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 7:12 AM
WOW, this is so cool, thanks for this great tutorial! Can not wait to try it!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 7:28 AM
So cool. I will try it. Very Beautiful. Thanks
Ginger Foster  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 7:37 AM
Enjoyed learning how to do this--what a terrific tutorial. Thank you.
Prissequito  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 8:54 AM
The video is very well produced and easy to follow. I don't have most of the inks, diecutting equipment, or other products used, but it was still fun to watch! Gorgeous background!
wegret  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 11:09 AM
Awesome! I had seen recently that some company (I forget who) came out with marble stamps. But I'd just as soon not invest in another stamp set right now. (Trying to cut back on my crafting budget--eek!) Thanks for the video, too--that really helps. Can't wait to try this! smile ~ Andrea
Andrea La Vigne  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 12:11 PM
The company is waffle flower. Jennifer McGuire did a video on the marble layering stamps.
muscrat  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 1:29 PM
This was best tutorial I've seen yet on how to make this gorgeous marbling. Most importantly, I am now on a quest to get me some of that awesome Pinflair Glue Gel.
kathynruss  |  Wed Mar 29, 2017 at 2:38 PM
Great video! Thanks so much, Taheerah!
Stephanie Perry  |  Mon Apr 3, 2017 at 10:15 AM

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