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Creating Marbleized Backgrounds

Marbleized backgrounds are fun to create and can add a nice accent to your art.
As an added bonus, creating an original background is a great way to show off the perfect stamped art. First, pick a color scheme that best matches your art. The color of your paper choice should relate to the colors in your artwork. For a more striking background, you could use the complimentary color (opposite color on the color chart).

To create a background with a marbleized look you will need:

-Colored paper in coordinating color of rubber art stamp
-Plastic box larger than the paper you are marbleizing
(I used a simple childís plastic pencil case)
-Several marbles
(I used 6)
-Ink or paint
(I used FW Acrylic Artists Line, Gold 701 and Sepia 251, but any paint or liquid ink will do. Anything labeled metallic will give a nice shine to your work. Each ink or paint will give different results, so it is fun to experiment and play with whatever you own)
-Double sided removable tape.
(I used Scotch, which was remarkably easy to peel and remove when I wanted to)

This is an easy technique that doesnít require buying new materials. Most items are probably sitting around your home. Substitutions are always allowed and welcomed. Let your imagination run wild! If you donít like what you see, keep trying with different paint or ink. Change your colors, change your paper, keep trying.


Remember to use materials that are acid free so that your artwork will not corrupt with age.

Directions:

Place a drop of ink or paint on each marble. Roll the marbles around the box briefly to mix the ink or paint a little. Rolling the box back and forth three or four times will be enough.

Place double-sided removable tape on the back of the paper you wish to marbleize. Roll the marbles out of your way and tape the paper into the inside of the box.

Close the box and roll the marbles around a few times. Again, swaying the box around three or four times will be enough.

Open the box and see what you have created. If you wish to use a second color to marbleize with let the paper dry and wash off your marbles. Now you can repeat the procedure from the beginning using the second color.

You are now ready to mount your rubber art stamp onto the marbleized background paper, add your favorite embellishments and create a card that sings!


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