Colour me happy!

3 refreshing experiments to turn your drab day into a colourful joy ride and engage your kid in DIY marbling activities like no other!

Tired of the same old paint brushes and wax crayons? Enough with the colour pencils and the sketch pens  that run out when you most need them …let’s create art- dazzling vibrant masterpieces that stun your friends and family with this trendy and super easy technique of marbling !

But first ….. What is marbling?

Well, marbling is a technique which employs a liquid medium and a coloring agent to create beautiful pattern oriented art work .Usually the coloring agent is suspended in the liquid medium and on coming in contact with an absorbent surface – like an art sheet – the colours get transferred as whimsical patterns which sure are a treat to look at .

The three marbling techniques we will use today are :

  1. Chalk marbling
  2. Oil and water marbling
  3. Foam marbling


What you need :

Colourful chalk sticks , water , a tray or dish (atleast an inch deep ), a plastic scale or a scraper tool , an A4 art sheet ( or thick material card sheet)

How to do it :

  1. Use your scraper tool or plastic scale to scrape at the different coloured chalks one at a time .
  2. Collect the chalk powder thus obtained for each colour separately .
  3. Now add 1 to 2 inches of water in your tray depending on its depth.
  4. Take the different colours of chalk powder one at a time and sprinkle it with your fingers on the water.forming patterns and shapes of your liking.
  5. Now take your art sheet and gently touch it face down on the water .Hold it there for a few seconds allowing the chalk powder to transfer.
  6. Lift your sheet up and allow excess water to drip off. Let your painting dry for a few hours without disturbing it . Now your stunning chalk marbling painting is ready to display !

What really happened there :

Here the liquid medium is water and chalk powder is the coloring agent. As we see the chalk powder floats on the surface of water and doesn’t settle down readily. That’s because chalk powder (calcium carbonate ) is immiscible in water i.e it doesn’t mix with water

Because it floats, it can swirl around so we can easily create patterns with it . We are able to make use of this property of chalk and water to create our marbling patterns and capture their beauty on paper .



What you need :

3 tbsp oil, 3 bowls . water , tray , food colour or poster paint , spoon , tray , A4 size art sheet .

How to do it :

  1. Add one tbsp oil in one bowl and add a few drops of colour . Use your spoon to mix the colour very well. It should disperse as tiny droplets
  2. Do the same for the other 2 bowls
  3. Add water to your tray and using your spoon add a few drops of your coloured oil to the water
  4. Do this for every colour and continue to add the oil throughout the water in patterns of your choice
  5. Now take your art sheet and touch it to the surface of water . Hold it for a few seconds to allow the colour to absorb .
  6. Lift it up and let the excess water drip off. Keep aside to dry for a few hours .

What really happened there :

Oil is lighter than water . When we disperse our colour in oil it floats on water as well. Due to the liquid nature of both our mediums we get a galaxy like effect on our marbled paper !


What you need

Shaving foam , a tray , food colours or poster paint , A4 size art sheet , an skewer stick or fork, a ruler

How to do it :

  1. Squeeze out shaving foam onto a tray and spread it into a thin layer – 2 cms in height
  2. Now add drops of colour on top of the shaving foam
  3. Use a skewer stick or fork to spread the colour in different patterns
  4. Place your art sheet on top of the foam for a few seconds
  5. Lift it up and remove excess foam stuck to the paper using a ruler

What really happened there :

Shaving foam is a foam colloid which means it has drops of gas suspended in liquid (shaving cream) and these 2 components never mix with each other . When we add colour to the foam it starts to mix with the liquid component of the foam but doesn’t interact with the gas. Thus we are able to create beautiful patterns and create a marble painting without disrupting the consistency of the foam .

Isn’t it wonderful how we can create beautiful patterns and paintings using materials that don’t love to go together. Even in their discord they are able to create beautiful creations and we can too !


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