Try something free and loose, colorful and creative. One simple process brings personality to many corners of your home.
Marbling is the opposite of paint-by-numbers. The process is artistic and painterly and colorful -- but the true joy is in the reveal, and in seeing how swirls of color in a tray of liquid translate to a piece of paper or fabric. "You have to embrace the surprise," says crafts editor Silke Stoddard, who developed the projects below.
To be sure, masters of this craft -- which flourished thanks to European papermakers and bookbinders in the 18th and 19th centuries -- can precisely re-create patterns, but that often entails specialized equipment such as combs, feathers, and rakes. The designs here were made with literally nothing more than a coffee stirrer. "I wanted to simplify marbling, and take it out of that fussy old-world place, and make it modern and playful and organic," Silke says. Indeed, while this technique has often been used to dye eggs andRead More »from Give it a Whirl: Marbling Methods and Home-Decor Projects