3 Easy Ways to Create Marble Artwork

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Posted on February 18, 2021 by Katie Jones

If you’re looking for a creative art project, a unique gift you can make, or a family-friendly activity, marble artwork may be what you are seeking. It is considered classic and timeless because of how easily it transitions into most styles, depending on colors and context. This article showcased 3 easy ways to create marble artwork so try each one to see what best suits you! Feel free share how your projects turned out in the comments!

Shaving Foam Method

An incredibly easy way to achieve a unique marble art piece is through shaving foam. Yes, you read that right! It is an activity that is fun to do with children and cleanup is quick and effortless. It is very important to not use shaving cream because it will not work for creating marble artwork. The consistency of shaving cream is too thick and heavy. It is optional to buy fragrance-free or low-smell shaving foam for this project; however, it would most likely make the activity much better for those who are sensitive to strong smells.

The list of materials needed for the shaving foam way is rather short. Most items can be found around the house so you may not even have to leave your house (which is a huge bonus nowadays!). To get started on this easy way to create marble artwork, gather your materials and follow the following instructions.


  • Shaving foam
  • A Shallow dish such as casserole or pie plate
  • Food coloring, water-downed
  • Stirring utensil like a chopstick, toothpick
  • Cardstock or poster board (cut into smaller pieces)
  • Kids medicine dispenser or plastic droppers
  • Piece of cardboard to use as a scraper

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Grab your shallow dish and can of shaving foam. Cover the bottom of the dish with a layer of shaving foam. It doesn’t need to be a lot but enough to cover your canvas size.
  2. Using a kids medicine dispenser or plastic dropper, add drops of a few different colors of the water-downed food coloring. Add as many colors as you’d like or go for a traditional marble look with only a couple of colors.
  3. Drag the stirring utensil through the mixture to create the marbled effect.
  4. Place your cardstock or piece of poster board on top of the shaving foam mixture. Do not use heavy pressure.
  5. Gently take the piece of cardstock or poster board off and take off the excess shaving foam with your scraper. Make sure to put the excess foam back into the shallow dish so you don’t waste any.
  6. Lay your marbled artwork onto a flat surface to let dry.

The shaving foam method is short and sweet and will yield beautiful pieces of art. If you are working with children, this project can be used for a variety of things such as creating their very own butterflies or making an “all about me” paper on the blank side. For another family-friendly project to try, take a look at the next method to try so you can create masterworks of marble art!

Ziploc Bag Method

If you thought some shaving foam mixed with food coloring was easy, look no further than trying the Ziploc bag method. This activity takes very little supplies and again, you may have most of them right around your home. It is a great sensory activity to try with toddlers. You can also personalize your artwork by using tape and paper or vinyl to make a design before applying paint. After you spread the paint, you take off the design and be left with a unique piece. The possibilities are endless so read the following instructions to get started on your piece!


  • Ziploc bag (choose a size according to canvas size)
  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Latex gloves (for easier cleanup but optional)

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Choose any assortment of colors to use on your canvas. Use fewer colors to make a simple marble look or if you choose many colors, make sure to have the color white to help break up the color mixture.
  2. Start squirting paint onto the canvas! Be creative! Create your design or go crazy!
  3. Place your canvas inside the Ziploc bag and close it. It is easiest when you “slide” the canvas into the bag by holding it on the underside so you don’t mess up the paint on top.
  4. Pat the surface to start blending and marbling the paints onto the canvas. You can also run your finger along the bag to make a unique design.
  5. Gently take the canvas out of the bag and place somewhere flat to dry. Depending on the thickness of the paint, it could take a while for the canvas to dry.

With this method, you may not get the crispness of the marble effect but it’ll look more fluid and liquefied. Perhaps using fewer colors or being selective with the way the paint is spread will yield a more classic marble effect. This method may be a little bit messier and cleanup could take longer but the amount of fun it involves is definitely with it.

Water Marbling Method

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For that truly desired, classic marble look then you should try the water marbling approach. This activity is best suited for adults or at least with adult supervision. The materials and methods will help create a polished marble look versus the other 2 ways this article has mentioned. Water marbling design is an easy way to create beautiful artwork to decorate your home with that doesn’t break the bank! Get started on your masterpiece by gathering the following materials below and have fun!


  • Plastic tub (large enough for your canvas)
  • Water
  • Spray paint, various colors
  • Watercolor paper
  • Stirring utensil (skewer, chopstick)

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Fill a plastic tub with water, roughly halfway.
  2. Spray 2-4 colors of paint into the water. The water will stay on the surface.
  3. Drag a skewer through the paint with caution. Perform this step as quickly as you can and don’t go through the paint too much or else you’ll be left with a large clump of paint.
  4. Take your piece of watercolor paper and lay it onto the surface of the water once you have a pattern that you like.
  5. Gently submerge the paper and then lift it out of the water.
  6. Place it aside to allow for drying.

Place your prints in decorative frames or create cards with your finished marble pieces. It is a very affordable way to add flair and fun to anything such as home décor or personalized gifts. It may take a couple of tries to master the art of this method but have patience and you will surely have beautiful, marbleized paintings.

Good luck with your marble art project, and don’t forget to share what you thought about this article in the comments!

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Wendy Boulay

February 20, 2021

This would make lovely wall art! Can’t wait to try it!

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Katie Jones

February 21, 2021


I can't wait for you to try it too! Have fun creating! :)

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