When it comes to crafting and DIY projects, one of our very favourite techniques has always been painting. That’s partially because it’s such a diverse art form, meaning there are just about countless ways to do it and techniques to try out even within the overarching idea of simply “painting” something! In fact, we love painting so much that we’ve long been on a mission to try out as many different techniques as possible, so we can often be found browsing art blogs and online crafting boards for new ideas that we haven’t given a shot yet. That’s how we found ourselves rather obsessed with the idea of marbled painting recently!
Just in case you’re as enamoured with the gorgeous aesthetic of marble painting as we are, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas we’ve come across in our search so far.
1. Paint marbled wine glasses
Like us, have you recently purchased a nice set of stemless wine glasses that sit low to the counter or table and, although the clear glass has a certain simplistic charm, have you caught yourself wondering whether or not the glasses might look a little more exciting if they had some kind of colour or detail, since they don’t stand high? Then we have a feeling you’ll get along very well indeed with the way Kenarry marbled the bottom half of each glass in their set, just to give them a little more personality.
2. Marbled paint jewelry dish
If you’re going to put in the effort and patience it takes to marble something, would you prefer to make it something flat and a little more opaque to really make sure the colours show properly in their beautiful swirling pattern? In that case, we have a feeling you might prefer the way Crafts Unleashed transformed this simple white polymer clay jewelry dish using the same marble techniques we showed you above! The colours really bounce against the stark white of the clay.
3. Marbled glass ball ornaments
Were you very intrigued indeed by the idea of marble painting smooth, clear glass but you’re just not sure that you drink wine enough to warrant painting a whole set of wine glasses? Then perhaps you’d prefer to make something that’s glass and decorative instead! We love the way Persia Lou fully marbled the outside of some pretty glass hanging ornaments fastened with ribbons on the top.
4. Marbling canvases with spray paint
Believe it or not, the acrylic or nail polish water marbling techniques that you saw in the tutorials we showed you above aren’t actually the only ways you can create that swirling effect you love so much with paint! If you’d rather take a slightly different, more classically “artistic” approach, perhaps you’d prefer to take a look at how Polished Habitat water swirled their canvases using spray paints in a slightly less traditional way.
5. Mini marbled paint pots
Are you perhaps already experienced and accomplished in the water marbling techniques we’ve shown you, so you’re actually mostly looking for inspiration for things to do that on? Well, if you’re the kind of home decorator who loves to add a little bit of green to just about any space you have, then we think you just might get a kick out of the way A Pretty Fix decided to marble their planter pots!
6. Marbled paint glass jar vase
What if you’re actually such a plants and flowers lover that you need something even bigger than the miniature planters we just showed you above? Then we think you might have better luck putting your greenery in something like a mason jar rather than a little terra cotta pot! Ishaan Tube is on the same page as you and shows you how to water marble something that big instead.
7. DIY marbled paper artwork
What if you actually enjoy the aesthetic of marbled painting so much that you’d rather create art with it instead? Of course, we regard all kinds of different DIY projects as art, but there’s something to be said for being able to create art on paper so you can frame it and hang it on your wall, like a slightly more classic art piece. That’s why we were such big fans of this awesome marbled paper artwork tutorial featured on Mad in Crafts!
8. Marbled paint and shaving cream craft
If you’re going to get create with colours, visual textures, and techniques, would you prefer to make sure you’re making something that your kids can easily get in on the fun with as well? In that case, we definitely think you should take a look at how Sea Lemon made marbled paper art in a slightly different, more hands-on and fun, messy way! They show you how to create a marbling effect by mixing your paint with shaving cream, swirling that mixture around, and letting it try.
9. Marbled tea light candle holders
Are you actually still thinking about how much you love the idea of marbling glassware, but you’re still not convinced you’ll use wine glasses like the ones you saw above enough to justify making yourself a whole set? Well, if you’re the kind of person who loves to light a few relaxing candles at the end of the day, them we think perhaps this lovely tea light candle holder idea outlined step by step on Lovely Indeed might be a little more up your alley!
10. Marble dipped stemware
Have you actually been scrolling through our list so far and thinking about how much you liked the marbled glassware, as we said, but you’re hesitated on getting started because your own wine glass collection actually does have stems, unlike the ones we showed you in that tutorial? Well, never fear, because The Daily Meal is here to save the day! Their tutorial shows you how to make it happen on stemware instead.
11. Custom marbled coffee mugs
All of these tutorials that show you how to marble different styles of wine glasses are all well and good, but what if you don’t actually drink wine at all? In that case, you probably don’t even own any, so why not try adding the same lovely effect on something you will use? Well, coffee lovers rejoice, because Domestic Fashionista is here to show you how to make painted marbled mugs instead!
12. Marble rimmed bowls
If you’re going to start making yourself wonderfully colourful marbled dishes to hold your drinks and beverages, would you actually prefer to make your whole dish set match, just to be as thoroughly creative as possible? In that case, we think you’ll really enjoy the way Plaid marbled all of their bowls as well! Their tutorial shows you how to do it so the main part of the bowl stays stark white while the rim takes on all the colour.
13. Marbled miniature pumpkins
Is your favourite way to get creative and learn a new technique actually to do it in a way that’s quite seasonal, so you can use it as an opportunity to roll over your home decor scheme and follow the weather patterns and the holidays? Then here’s the perfect tutorial for you! Omega Pure shows autumn lovers how to add a wonderfully marbled painting effect to miniature pumpkins that just scream fall.
14. Colourful marbled coasters
Have you always been the kind of crafter who adores making things that are both decorative and practical so that your guests can see how skilled you are int he look and the function? Then we think perhaps you’ll get a huge kick out of the way Sisoo made these beautifully marbled drinking coasters from scratch! Their tutorial guides you step by step through the process of not only forming the coasters themselves but also adding the painted, colourful effect.
15. DIY marbled tabletop
By this point, are you actually realizing that you just might love the look of painted marble so much that you’d prefer to make a bit more of a statement piece than the smaller things and sets you’ve seen so far? In that case, we have a feeling you might get a bit more satisfaction out of making something like this fantastic painted marbled table! Get the full, step by step instructions for making one of your own on Cute DIY Projects.