Marble painting tutorial


Marble paintings are described as an “aqueous surface design,” other wise known as a painting that’s textures often resemble that of a smooth marble stone, using water with your paint.

I’m sure you have all heard of, or seen a tutorial on liquid marble paintings. They usually consist of acrylic paint, mixed with soapy water in cups. There is a long process of mixing each color with soapy water in separate cups, then pouring them all into one cup; and dumping it onto your canvas.

After that you move your canvas around until your surface area is completely covered; leaving waterfalls of paint pouring over the edges of your canvas onto your table or floor. It can be quite the mess!

I have a less messy and just as “marvelous” solution for you!

Welcome to another painting tutorial with Art4soul supplies!

For this project you will need:

– An 8 in by 10 in canvas. -paper to blend your paint. (I’ll explain)

– White or black paint for your base color. – At least 3 other colors of paint.

– Newspaper for an easy clean up. – Toothpicks for paint swirling.

– A box or paint safe flat surface to lay your painting to dry.

– Gloves is desired to keep your hands clean. (Remember Acrylic comes right off with soap and water.)

I must advise you that using this method may leave you with a bumpy texture to your painting; but a paint on gloss coat can fix that!

Step 1: Preparation

To prepare for this project you can begin by laying out your newspaper in thick layers so you can be assured the extra paint will not bleed through. I used an old poster board I had lying around.

After you’ve finished laying out your paper, choose at least 3 colors you would like to blend with your base coat (white or black.) I choose to use 5 colors for my first marble painting.

-Dark turquoise, parrot blue, too blue, daffodil yellow, and purple passion.

After picking your colors, please lay out your canvas onto the newspaper, and set the paper aside.

On my first painting I used white as my base color and dotted My paint directly onto the paper. I came to find that the paper absorbed most of the paint making it difficult to blend it on the canvas; so with my second painting using a black base color, I applied my paint directly onto the canvas. I used the paper to blend the paint and found this worked more efficiently.

Although I still think they both turned out lovely!

Step 2: Paint swirling.

Once you have finished your preparation, you can begin adding your paint onto your canvas! The first thing you want to do is paint your canvas your base color. While the paint is still wet, you can add your other colors.

On my white based painting: I made piles of my colors


On my black based painting: I did some “squiggly” lines of color.

Make sure to space out your colors! In other words, do not put the same colors too close together or you will end up with a blob of one color on your canvas.

After you have added your main colors you can take your base color and use it to fill in the space between the other colors.

I then took a tooth pick and made some “zigs and zags” maybe even a few “swirls” through my paint to sort of mix them; just to get started!

The paper will blend your paint for you, so this step isn’t necessary, but I always do it just to be sure. Do not worry if your toothpicks cut through your paint onto the canvas as you blend it.

Step 3: Now it’s time to blend it!

After you have finished paint swirling. Get ready for the piece of resistance, what creates the painting.

Very carefully lay your paper evenly to your canvas. Using your hands, gently press down onto the middle of the paper and keeping your hands flat, lightly push the paint out to the edges of the canvas. You can sort of see where your paint is, and how well it is mixing through the paper.

Feel free to lightly drag the paper around to “stretch” your paint a little but I would only pull it to one side. Don’t move the paper in circles or go back and forth with it; this can over-mix your paint.

If your paint runs off of the edges a little bit that means you have applied plenty of paint, that’s good! This is my reason for using the newspaper; it also will catch the paint drips from the paper when you remove it.

When removing the paper make sure you take it off in the direction you want your paint to flow!

Example: With the white based painting I wanted the paint fits to flow downward; In the black based painting I wanted the squiggly lines to go towards the corners of the painting.


Once you have pushed the paper down, and adjusted it to your liking. Carefully peel off the paper, and you have your marble painting!

If you have an area that didn’t get any paint, or you simply don’t like how it looks, add a small dab of your desired color to that spot and use the middle of your paper to re blend it and adjust it to your liking.(remembering to keep in the same direction)

Do not let the edges of the paper touch the canvas at this point because it will put a line through your painting and take off some of your other paint. You don’t want that!

This painting in particular always lies on very thick, so I recommend leaving it to dry for at least 12 hours. I let mine sit for 24 hours just to be safe. Another important thing to remember for the drying process is to keep your painting completely flat until it is dry. Any tilting could make your paint run and ruin your art. So place it in a “paint safe” area where it can dry. I used an old box to set mine on. That way if any paint dripped off, it landed on the box and not my floor.

When your painting is completely dry, you can add a design to it, a phrase, or keep it as it is! I added “happy Easter” to my brightly colored white base canvas. The letters are a little crooked but it made a perfect little painting to use as a prop for my daughters Easter pictures.

I left the black based canvas as it was; I really liked my finished product!

I’d like to add that a gloss coat really brings out the colors in a marble painting, and can rid you of those bumps and give you a smooth canvas  the real “marble” finish to it!

Each marble painting is unique!

You could seriously use the same colors and technique repeatedly, and never get the same painting twice!! That is the beauty of marble paintings.

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you! Please leave a comment down below and let me know what you thought about my paintings and tutorial!

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Have a very Happy Easter everyone!

Happy painting!


4 thoughts on “Marble painting tutorial

    1. Thankyou for your feedback Lori!
      I’m very happy to hear my article was explanatory enough for you!
      Have a wonderful day,

  1. Thankyou very much for your feedback Pam!
    You can always try this tutorial on paper if you would like to give it a shot without buying a canvas. Just be aware that painted paper wrinkles when it dries especially with thick paint layered on it like in this particular project. It could definitely give you some practice and perspective on what you’re capable of creating.
    If you give it a shot please feel free to email me a picture at
    I’m very happy this was explanatory enough for you!

  2. I really found that interesting. I am not a painter, and not very artistic,yet I felt I could do this.
    Nice clear instructions with lovely pictures at each step.
    Well done.

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