Crystal Geode Stone Water Marble I

Crystal Geode Stone Water Marble I

Posted by DecoArt on Jan 7th 2022

Add accents of gold using Extreme Sheen to a stone pattern Water Marbled art paper.


  • paper towels
  • iron
  • watercolor paper
  • water marbling tray
  • tray for rinsing



Before you begin be sure to set up your water marbling station. You should have your supplies set up and easily accessible. Following directions on bottle, mix the Magic Medium Water Prep with the appropriate amount of water in the water marbling tray or separate container.

You should also have a tray of clean water to rinse your prints after they are dipped. (TIP: Lay out paper towels to place your fresh prints on to speed drying time.) Plan to create several unique prints at one time.

Some of the drops of paint will sink and you may begin to see drops of paint gathering on the bottom of the tray, this is normal and will not effect the surface where the print is pulled.

For this project use the Crystal Geode Water Marbling Set, which includes the following colors: Blue, Lavender, Aquamarine, Violet and Pink.

  1. Prepare your size. Follow the easy instructions on the Magic Medium bottle to prepare the size (water) mixture. (TIP: Prepare mixture in a plastic tub with a lid and fill/refill the water marbling tray as needed. Cover unused size and store at room temperature to keep it fresh for up to five days) Now you are ready to add paint.
  2. Instruction #1
  3. Start by filling the surface of the size with an even coat of Blue. Do this my dripping down the middle of the tray horizontally. (TIP: place the paint drops close together as to not allow space, which will leave a white spot on the print.)
  4. Instruction #2
  5. Slowly drip some evenly spaced drops of Violet to the surface. This creates a stone pattern. Once drops are spread across the surface, add another drop into the center of each stone with Violet.
  6. Instruction #3
  7. Next, add drops of Aquamarine to the center of each stone.
  8. Instruction #4
  9. Add drops of Pink to each stone.
  10. Instruction #5
  11. Allow paint to completely disperse before each drop to keep control of the pattern.
  12. Instruction #6
  13. Add two drops of Lavender to each stone pattern.
  14. Instruction #7
  15. Add more Violet to the center of each shape.
  16. Instruction #8
  17. Keep adding drops of paint to each stone shape to load up the surface.
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  19. Optional: add a layer of white. This is where you will add the gold accent later.
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  21. (TIP: if you don't have DecoArt White Water Marbling Paint, just pick one of the other colored rings to add the gold accent to.)
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  23. Add drops of Aquamarine into the center of the stones. Let your creativity flow and add any other colors as you like.
  24. Instruction #12
  25. To add a small center dot use White (or another color) and dip the tip of a Water Marbling Stick into the paint.
  26. Instruction #13
  27. Gently touch the stick to the center of each stone. Repeat multiple times to make slightly bigger.
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  29. Keep adding paint until you achieve your desired stone pattern.
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  31. When your tray is ready to transfer the design onto the paper, use a piece of DecoArt's Premium Water Marbling Paper to get maximum absorbency of the paint. (TIP: Keep paper very dry! If the surface is wet prior to dipping into the size, it won't absorb the paint, which will result in a white spot.) A good technique to minimize bubbles in your print is to hold your paper on opposing corners to allow the center of the paper to touch the surface first. Then, slowly lay your corners down onto the surface. Make sure the paper is in full contact with the surface.
  32. Instruction #16
  33. Allow the paper to float on the surface of the size for a moment. This allows the design to transfer onto the paper. The corners of the paper will begin to pull away from the surface. Lift the paper off the surface by lifting opposing corners of the paper. Although you may notice some slight finger smudges in the corners of the paper, do not be concerned. They simply add to the overall effect. Place print face down in a clean tray of water to rinse off extra sizing. This step is optional, but rinsing off extra sizing allows for cleaner, more vibrant colors to shine through! Also, the paper will be less stiff and dry flatter.
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  35. Lay paper, print side up on a paper towel to dry. This step will help absorb excess moisture and allow prints to dry faster.
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  37. There will be extra paint left on the surface. You can transfer another print at this point. (TIP: blow on the surface to give the paint more movement and interest.) The pool of sizing can be reused again and again.
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  39. (TIP: these second pulls are beautiful too! They are great to have for paper projects and collages.)
  40. Instruction #20
  41. To prepare the pool for a new project, simply use DecoArt's Water Marbling Premium Cleaning Paper and drag it across the surface until clean. (TIP: Remember, just the surface has to be clean to reuse. There may still be paint that has fallen to the bottom. This is called "sinking". This will not affect further prints!)
  42. Instruction #21
  43. Allow print to dry completely. Lay paper, print side down and using an iron on high, iron to flatten. (TIP: Place a piece of watercolor paper between the paint and the table surface to protect the print. If you have steam, place a paper towel between the watercolor paper and the table.)
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  45. Using 24K Gold Extreme Sheen and a liner brush, paint gold accents onto the design. Allow to dry and add a second coat, if needed.
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  47. The print looks beautiful in a simple frame. But there are endless possibilities as to how you can use these one-of-a-kind prints. Incorporate them in a collage, cover a journal, or even as a background for a mixed media project.
  48. Instruction #24
  49. Try using DecoArt's Water Marbling Surface prep and techniques to hydro-dip a scarf, a pair of shoes or anything you want to try!
  50. Instruction #25