DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

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As you may well know, I have been obsessed with marbling as of late. I have tried poured paint marbling and starch marbling, but today I am going to share a super simple marbling technique that is sort of like a combination of the two. This easy marbling technique can be used to dye platers, paper, notebooks, and even fabric. I decided to go with fabric napkins, because I had a few white ones on had and I wanted to experiment with a little fabric dying. The result was like a cross between marbling, ice dying, and tie dye. And I could not be more happy with how they turned out!

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

See what I mean? Not really marble I guess, but I love the swirl of colors and the dark pops of color throughout. And really the process could not be more simple.

Materials:

-DecoArt acrylic craft paint in an assortment of colors (you will want at least 4 colors)
-baking sheet or large tray
-plastic cups
-popsicle sticks
-water
-thin flour sack towels

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

So ignore the liquid starch in the photo. I originally started by using it to marble, but found a technique that was so much easier and didn’t require it at all! So yay!

Begin by mixing a gumboil sized amount of paint with water in a 2 parts paint to 1 part water ratio. You are just looking to thin out the paint a bit.

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

Once mixed, simply pour the paint in a zig zag motion onto the tray.

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

The more paint you pour the more the paint will marble. Then just tip the tray to move the paint around a bit and create a marbled pattern. Next, lay your fabric napkin onto the paint and press so that all the paint gets absorbed and transferred through he layers of fabric.

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

Remove the napkin from the tray and lay flat to dry. Once have dry, rinse the napkin with water to remove any excess paint, ring out, and lay flat to dry in the sun. Repeat with any other colors you want to try out. This process will remove a good amount of the paint and create the tie dye, marble look on my napkins. If you would prefer them to stay vibrant and full of color, just let them dry with all the paint on them, but know that that will create a more stiff napkin.

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

Once the napkins are dry, you can iron them flat if you wish and they are ready to use.

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

DIY Easy Marbled Napkins

While I am usually one for vibrant and saturated colors, there is something so pretty about these pastel beauties! They are just perfect for your spring table too. So, what do you think? I know I called them DIY easy marble napkins, but what do they look like to you? Tie dye? ice dye? Whatever you call it, they are just gorgeous!

 

 

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  1. Do you do one napkin at a time?? Or a few stacked up?. I suppose this would work only for small pieces of fabric. I am trying to figure out how one would do a whole yard of this. As a quilter I look for interesting backgrounds and this would make one!!
    Oh and I have to tell you that bloglovin makes it a pain to find and read something.

    • kailochic@hotmail.com says:

      I just did one napkin folded in half at a time. But if you are doing anything thicker than a flour sack cloth, I would just do a single layer. It’s definitely only suitable for small pieces of fabric. But you could do a large yard a different way where you get the whole yard wet and then lay it out outside and mix up the paint with water to dilute it and pour it directly on the fabric to marble it. Then squish the fabric up to move the paint all around and let dry. Not sure what the results would be though. But worth a try!

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