Get the mar­bled look with a gel plate and acrylic paints!

Per­fect for Christ­mas, cre­ate unique pat­terned pa­pers with this clever mar­bling tech­nique. Dorothy Wood shows you how

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Have fun and get vivid re­sults with gel plate mar­bling, then get cre­ative with th­ese unique Christ­mas cards de­signed by Dorothy Wood

T he ex­quis­ite pat­terns that oc­cur nat­u­rally in mar­ble can be cre­ated by float­ing oil paints on water, but this tech­nique is more akin to the method that floats wa­ter­colour mar­bling inks onto a ‘size’ (rather like wall­pa­per paste). By us­ing acrylic paints and gloss acrylic medium in place of the size, you can eas­ily cre­ate a range of stun­ning mar­bling pat­terns.

You will need a gel print­ing plate, scraper and wire-ended clay mod­el­ling tools – th­ese tools won’t scratch the plate and you can push them down into the spongi­ness of the plate to go un­der the paint and cre­ate the pat­terns more eas­ily. Acrylic medium in­creases the flow of the paint: start with acrylic medium on the plate or mix 1 part paint to 2-3 parts medium. Colour­ing the medium re­duces the amount of white pa­per show­ing through the print.

The skill with mar­bling is to draw tools through enough to cre­ate the pat­tern and get a mix of colours, but not so of­ten that the de­sign blurs and the colours get sludgy! This hap­pens more of­ten if you use op­pos­ing colours on the colour wheel, like the red and green here! Have fun – and al­ways use up your ‘prac­tice pa­pers’ on smaller items like tags.

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