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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