Graphic of pastel colors marbled together.

Try This: Water Marbling

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Try This: Water Marbling

Water marbling is an easy way to explore art and science! Start with 

You'll need:

  • A container
  • Warm water
  • Glue, like Elmer's Glue
  • Tempera or acrylic paint - start with 1-2 colors
  • Toothpick or a butter knife
  • Paper, the thicker the better

Check out the how-to in this video:

What's Happening?
By thinning down the acrylic paint you make it less dense than the glue. When you gently pour the paint onto the glue it floats on top because of the difference density. If your paint sinks to the bottom in the glue and water solution, add more water to thin it out. When the paper comes in contact with the paint, the water and paint mixture is pulled up into the tiny spaces between the paper fibers in a process called capillary action.