Marbled prints – a step-by-step tutorial

Marbled print girl about townhouse

I’m loving everything marbled right now and marbled prints are no exception! I think that marbled prints are going to be big this year (see my post about 2017 interior trends, to see what else we can look forward to this year)

I really wanted to create some marbled prints for my office, but I didn’t want to rush out and buy all the gear, because the whole point of doing it myself was to save money. So I had a little search on pinterest and just happened to find a version that used food colouring and shaving foam. Excellent, all things I had already in my cupboard.

The colour scheme in my office is uber girly. It’s white and gold with splashes of black, grey and pink here and there, so I used pink and black food colouring with some gold acrylic paint to compliment this.

The best thing about these prints is that the are so simple and quick and you really don’t need any artistic ability at all. You could easily do this project with young children (it just might be a little bit messier).

Marbled prints

What you’ll need:

  • White card
  • Food colouring
  • Shaving foam (not gel)
  • Rectangle plate or baking dish
  • Shower squeegee or ruler
  • Spatula
  • Heavy book
  • Baking parchment
  • Optional: Gold paint


  1. Squirt the shaving foam into the dish until it completely covers the base and spread flat with the spatula.
  2. Splash several drops of food colouring in to the foam.
  3. Mix the food colouring around with a spatula a little. You want to creat a swirly pattern but not completely mix it in.
  4. Place the paper on top of the foam and press lightly ensuring all parts of the paper make contact.
  5. Remove the paper and wait for a few minutes, then using a squeegee or ruler, scrape the foam off.
  6. Place baking parchment over the print and then place a heavy book on top to stop the paper curling.
  7. Allow to dry ( this takes around 2 hours depending on the thickness of the paper)

Tip – if you have young children let them play with the leftover foam and food colouring as a sensory play activity.

Marble print - girl about townhouse

Marbled print girl about townhouse

vMarbled print girl about townhouse

Marbled print girl about townhouse

Marbled print girl about townhouse

Marbled print girl about townhouse

You can use different amounts of food colouring to get different effects. As I had some gold acrylic paint I tried adding that too and it works just as well.

I’m really happy with how they turned out and the fact that I could just raid my cupboards for all the supplies I needed.

Are you a fan of marble print? Let me know in the comments.

Why not pin for later?

Marbled print girl about townhouse



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9 Comment

  1. Reply
    May 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Such a lovely make! #craftcorner

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I really like the look of these and could picture something similar in our home. #craftycorner

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      May 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      They were really fun to make to make too, I definitely recommend giving it a go!

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    May 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I used to love doing marble painting when I was little. I remember doing it with some really smelly oil or ink, so your idea with shaving foam is much nicer. I think my kids would really enjoy doing this too! Have pinned! #CraftyCorner

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      May 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for pinning Kate. It’s perfect to do with kids, as its so simple to create a really lovely marble effect.

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany
    May 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I love this. It looks so effective and really professional in the frame. I love that its unique and you can’t beat marbling. Thank you for joining us at #CraftyCorner

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      May 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks Laura. That’s exactly what I love about marbling, no two prints are the same.

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    June 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

    What a great idea, I need to remember this for when I decorate my study. It has a really effective finish and totally unique. Thanks so much for joining us for #craftycorner. Apologies for the late commenting, I have been in hospital. Hope you can join us again this month 🙂

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      June 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Thanks Yvonne. Sorry to hear that you’ve been in hospital, hope you’re feeling much better.x

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