Oil + Acrylic Paint = Fun Marbling Effect!

oil, acrylic paints, and water marbling art exercise
Photo Source: Fab Mums

Who would have thought that vegetable oil would make an appearance during art time?! In fact, mixed with acrylic paints, the oily paint mixture is more dense than water causing it to float/stay on the surface and allowing for some fantastic marbling prints like these at Fab Mums!

Maria, the craft contributor, recommends filling a large, shallow bowl or pan with water, then splashing various colors of oil paint onto the surface of the water at random. Tread a piece of art paper across the surface of the water {quickly!}, making sure the back of the sheet is not submerged. The result is a fantastic marbling print. Add more paint, and repeat!


  • Use assorted colors of paper for varied effects.
  • Have your child(ren) or students dabble in color theory, making prints of - 'cool' colors, 'warm' colors, primary colors, secondary colors, etc. It might also be cool for your students to make prints of 'color equations' (i.e. red + yellow = orange, etc.)
warm and cool watercolor or marbled paper weave
Photo Source: Art Projects for Kids

These marbled papers can be used in various ways as well...

  • Have students cut or fold various shapes from the paper to mount onto a colorful card stock background {like these marbled paper flowers from craftstylish or these butterflies from stationary scoop}.
  • Consider having students weave their marbled papers like this warm-cool watercolor project from Art Projects for Kids.
  • Use a paper cutter and laminator to create beautiful bookmarks or a colorful abstract puzzle.
  • Have students wrap their Mother's Day/Father's Day gifts with custom marbled wrapping paper.

The possibilities are endless! What a fantastic craft {and science lesson!}.

Monday crafts: marbling | Fab Mums