Marker Marbling

by Lindsay Adreon

Use water-based markers and acetate for this marbling technique.


  • White or cream cardstock cut to A2 size
  • Acetate - large enough to cover cardstock
  • Watercolor brush markers (3-4 coordinating colors. Spectrum Aqua Markers used here)
  • Water mister
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Inspired By Stamping “Fresh Bouquet” and “Summer Bouquet” clear stamp sets used here)


  1. Step 1

    Using the darkest shade of marker, start by making a few lines on the acetate.

    Some lines can merge for the best effect.

  2. Step 2

    Using the second to darkest shade of marker, add color to the sides of the darkest lines. Be sure the colors and lines are touching each other.

  3. Step 3

    Using the third shade of marker, add wider lines of color next to the last lines drawn. Again, be sure the colors and lines are touching each other.

  4. Step 4

    Using the lightest shade of marker, fill in the remaining space of acetate with no color.

  5. Step 5

    With the two darkest colors, go back in and add fine details.

  6. Step 6

    LIGHTLY spray acetate with a fine mist of water and flip onto the cardstock.

  7. Let this sit and soak into the paper.

  8. Step 7

    Remove the acetate, but don't wipe off the color yet!

  9. Step 8

    Spray the acetate a second time, this time more liberally. Flip onto another piece of cardstock.

  10. Step 9

    Using your fingers, you can move the color around and blend it together. Let this sit and soak into the paper.

  11. Step 10

    Remove the acetate.

  12. Step 11

    Let both pieces of cardstock dry and finish cards to your liking.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Marker Marbling. 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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Very neat idea for a background! Thanks for sharing!
Heidi  |  Wed Sep 19, 2018 at 5:47 AM
Excellent video thanks for sharing. Will have to give this one a try. I just loved how the end result was so colorful.

I liked both of them so trying to make up my mind which one I liked better but they are both just as nice.
Rommy  |  Wed Sep 19, 2018 at 6:13 AM
What a fun technique! Thanks for sharing. smile
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Sep 19, 2018 at 7:11 AM
What brand of mister do you use for adding perfect pearls? I have tried several different kinds and they all clog up if I add perfect pearls. Thank you.
littlen  |  Wed Sep 19, 2018 at 3:46 PM
Comme j'adore patouiller, je suis très heureuse d'avoir une nouvelle technique!!
merci beaucoup et il me tarde de l'essayer.
bonne soirée.
M.H.F. FRICOUT  |  Thu Sep 20, 2018 at 1:13 PM
This is awesome and so versatile!! My mind is racing with ideas! TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Fri Sep 21, 2018 at 12:24 PM
I've done a similar technique using a plastic container, marbles and bottles of stamp pad ink.
Carol Westover  |  Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 12:55 AM
Thanks, Lindsay, for a great tutorial! I loved your video and love how easy it is for a really great background. Loved both first- and second-generation backgrounds, and the second one is really soft. Thanks a bunch! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 8:13 AM
What a rich and elegant result! I love your marble technique and thank you for taking the time to create this tutorial!
Rosy Newlun  |  Sun Sep 23, 2018 at 5:36 PM
That is wonderful! Thank you so much! I don't have the aqua markers, but I do have Crayola and other water based markers! Love how they turned out!!!
hoptownracer  |  Wed Sep 26, 2018 at 8:12 PM

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