Art Crafts

Marbled Paper Art

Create paper art that looks like swirled marble. Use the paper to make note cards, book covers, or smoky backgrounds for pictures.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Craft stick or paintbrush
  • India ink
  • Construction paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • ­Drawing paper
  • Markers

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Fill a sink or basin with 1/2 to 1 inch of warm water. Use a craft stick or paintbrush to swirl the water around, and add 2 drops of ink to the water while it's still swirling.

Step 2: Place a sheet of construction paper on top of the water for about 3 seconds. Slowly lift the paper out of the water. The wet paper will curl a bit. Turn it over, ink side up, and lay it flat on newspaper to dry.

Step 3: To make a note card, cut a sheet of drawing paper smaller than the inked paper. Glue the drawing paper on the blank side of the inked paper; fold the card in half.

If you want to make more marbled ink designs, drain the sink and repeat the steps. Make sure you clean the sink when you're done.

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