How To Make A Marble Background

Prevailing stamp wisdom says, "never use pigment ink on glossy paper"- right? Wrong! Try this technique and turn your next background into a marble masterpiece.

Supplies Needed

To create this effect, you'll need a sheet of gloss coated cardstock, pigment ink pads (one pad should be a light neutral, one white or black and the other pads can be any color but should be of varying tones-they will represent the color of the marble), a paper towel, a small sponge, and a can of spray fixative.

How To Do It

First, using the light, neutral pad, cover the entire surface of the cardstock with a fairly thick layer of ink. Next, dab the other colors in a random pattern over the first layer. Don't overdo it, you can always add more color later. Then, using the sponge, lightly blend the colors together. When you're finished, the colors should be relatively distinct but blended at the edges. You will now need a strip of extra cardstock in order to replicate the striations in marble. Dab the edge of the cardstock into the black or white inkpad and then onto your blended artwork. Try to replicate the veins found in marble. Once you're satisfied with your project, spray it with a light coating of spray fixative to keep it from smearing.

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