We haven’t marbled anything since our Marbleized Easter Eggs, so when I signed up to do a marbling activity for the Painting Challenge (Fun Painting Techniques) hosted by Louise from Messy Little Monster I knew this would be a fun new art technique we could explore and add our own creative touch. This technique doesn’t require any specialized paints, and is inexpensive to do. One of my daughter’s favorite parts about our technique is we could add glitter to our marbling tray. We tried a lot of different techniques using different paints (expensive), crayons (too hot!), and nail polish (didn’t work right) and this was by far our favorite and easiest!
Gel food coloring (We used Wilton brand colors) -If you are planning on using your food coloring for food after this art activity, put a small amount of the food coloring in small containers to use, that way hair gel won’t be in your food in the future)
Cheap hair gel
Thick craft paper
Sponge brush (Optional)
We have been playing around with our camera and at the request of my daughter who loves YouTube, have started recording video tutorials. Our first one being our Kinetic Sand video. Here is our second video so you can see the excitement of this activity first hand! :).
1. Fill the tray with an even layer of hair gel.
2. Dip toothpicks in the food coloring and then dip it in the gel to add color to it. If you want to add glitter, now would be the time to sprinkle some on. Once all the color is added, swirl the colors around to marbleize. Too much swirling will make the colors look muddy so try and refrain from over swirling (it’s really fun to do, so it is really challenging to stop).
3. Take the paper and gently press it on the top of the hair gel. Lift the paper up and set it out to dry. You can make several marbled papers using the same batch of hair gel. We used a sponge brush to scrape off the top layer of the hair gel then repeated the process.