Rainbow Flower Water Marbling I

Rainbow Flower Water Marbling I

Posted by DecoArt on Jan 28th 2022

Use the Over the Rainbow Water Marbling Set to create your own flower pattern water marbling papers!


  • 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: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Tropical Blue, Blue and Violet.

  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. The colors used in this particular design are Orange, Tropical Blue, Blue and Yellow.
  4. Instruction #2
  5. Start by filling the surface of the water with an even coat of Blue. Do this by pouring paint down the middle of the tray horizontally. Do several layers of Blue, letting each disperse before adding more paint.
  6. Instruction #3
  7. The surface of your size should be completely covered with blue paint. This is going to be the base of your water marbled print.
  8. Instruction #4
  9. Slowly add some evenly spaced drops of Tropical Blue. The shapes the drops create are called Stones.
  10. Instruction #5
  11. Once each drop dissolves (from the previous step) add a drop of Blue to the center of each stone. This is building the layers of paint within the design to create a very vibrant and rich print. Repeat this step again, with Tropical Blue.(TIP: to create a print with a softer palette, just decrease the amount of paint used).
  12. Instruction #6
  13. Use the Water Marbling Stick to create a beautiful pattern by pulling the stick back and forth through the stones. (TIP: Only the tip of the marbling stick needs to be submerged in the bath to gently draw a line to make a pattern.)
  14. Instruction #7
  15. Continue sweeping the paint back in forth to achieve a more intricate design.
  16. Instruction #8
  17. Slowly add some Yellow stones to the surface by dripping paint out of the bottle. These will be the start of the flower designs.
  18. Instruction #9
  19. Allow paint drops to disperse before adding more paint. Drip Orange paint into each stone. Continue this process alternating Yellow and Orange.
  20. Instruction #10
  21. Pour out a small amount of blue paint. Dip the Water Marbling Stick into the poured out paint.
  22. Instruction #11
  23. Dot the end of the stick to the center of the flowers.
  24. Instruction #12
  25. When you are 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 it won't absorb the paint, which results 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.
  26. Instruction #13
  27. 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.
  28. Instruction #14
  29. There will be extra paint left on the surface. You can transfer another print at this point. These second pulls are beautiful too! They are great to have for paper projects and collages. (TIP: blow on the surface to give the paint more movement and interest.) The pool of sizing can be reused again and again.
  30. Instruction #15
  31. 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!)
  32. Instruction #16
  33. 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.)
  34. Instruction #17
  35. 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.
  36. Instruction #18
  37. 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!
  38. Instruction #19