Paper Marbling Magic

Paper Marbling Magic - student project

When I began the project, I couldn’t even imagine where this creative journey will bring me. The most amazing thing about this technique is that it’s absolutely unpredictable, but if you use your favourite colours and motifs the result is going to be so rewarding!


Paper Marbling Magic - image 1 - student project

I decided to use contrast colours to get vibrant designs and tried to paint pansies


Paper Marbling Magic - image 2 - student project
Paper Marbling Magic - image 3 - student project

One of my favourite motifs are swirls and here is what I came up with.


Paper Marbling Magic - image 4 - student project


I've scanned the artworks and had tons of ideas for their implementation.


Paper Marbling Magic - image 5 - student project


Tried vivid colours :)


Paper Marbling Magic - image 6 - student project


When working with oil paints the idea was to keep the design as minimal as possible, so there will be a white space left and the whole object won’t look too busy or too messy. The solvent I used had a pretty strong smell so I couldn’t practise a lot, hehe


Paper Marbling Magic - image 7 - student project


And a Passepartout


Paper Marbling Magic - image 8 - student project
The whole process was so exciting! Now when I’ve scanned the artworks, I can use them as patterns and other design elements.

Hope you’ll enjoy this technique as much as I do!

You can also check my class on watercolor Monotype :)


Anna Sokolova
Berlin-based Artist
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