Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Watercolor Marble

I had so much fun with this week's Watercolor Marble technique!

With some wet-into-wet painting and color layering, you can create beautiful marbled backgrounds. I used a variety of artist grade watercolors, ink, acrylic paint, and gesso on these samples, but you can use any water soluble medium you have.

This was the first background I did - the trick is to use a paper that will hold a lot of wetness - I used Fabriano stationery, which is one of my favorite papers to work with (I get the Portrait Folded Cards and cut them in half - I researched one time and that was the best value).

 This second card has some layers of ink and gesso for more contrast in the veining.

The third background is a little more simple, but I had some fun with the black, and more intricate veining.

Here you can see the effect of the black paint I was using - this is one of my favorite favorite paints to work with - it's Lunar Black by Daniel Smith. In the closeup below you can see how this paint separates into a gorgeous granulated wash - It's so much fun to use, and one of my favorites for shading when I paint.

 I wanted to share the brushes that I used for the finer veining - these are detail brushes for model painting, and they're so very fine and long - I think the longer one may have about 10 bristles. I just really liked the organic results I got from pulling these across the panel and through the paint, rather than using a fine round brush or regular liner to draw veins in.

These are from Silver, and they are from their collection of Ultra Mini brushes:

Hope you'll give this a try, and share your results in the gallery!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. BEAUTIFUL WORK, DINA! I LOVE the results you got, AND I enjoy it when you share what your special tools are too! Thank you, Dina! ;) I will have to check out the tutorial today! THANK YOU! ;)

  2. I love this! It really *does* look like marble...a project I will try post-retirement! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very beautiful. you used Gesso, how? just mixed it with the ink colors? I have not used it, so I am not sure why you would- for texture?

    1. I just used it like paint - it's very opaque, which is what I wanted here.

    2. These are gorgeous! Can you tell me the name and manufacturer of the sentiment on the first card? Thanks so much!

  4. Wonderful cards Dina...thank you for sharing - this really looks like a lot of FUN!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. The cards are beautiful! I love the results you've achieved for the backgrounds. Watching the tutorial I was amazed by the simplicity of the technique. Just for once I have everything needed to give it a go (even the Fabriano stationery paper which I love to work on too). I discovered fairly recently that gesso makes a good paint as well as a primer. I am inspired!

  6. Simply amazing. Hope to try this soon.