Simple Rapeseed Oil & Acrylic Paint Balloon Marbled Notecards


FullSizeRender-5 I remember marbling from when I was a kid, we used to use marbling inks in a tray and make pretty pieces of paper. Having done more research there are loads of more complicated ways to marble using oil and acrylic paints and the list of ingredients seemed to go on and on. I was given a pack of super pretty scalloped edge plain notecards from Create & Craft  and I wondered what to do with them. Then thought, oh marbling is something I haven't done for a while. As you can imagine I have a huge box of paints, but the prettier colours are mainly acrylic, so I looked up how to marble with acrylic paint. I didn't have half the things I needed so I winged it and I'm actually loving the result. Essentially the paint needs to float in water, acrylic doesn't do this, so I had to mix it with some oil. Rapeseed oil seems to be all the rage at the moment, replacing olive oil in the kitchen, so I mixed my acrylic with the oil and guess what it worked! And I'm loving the result, the oil displaces the print making balloon shapes. Its great fun and easy to do, so why not have a go.

You will Need

Acrylic Paint

Rapeseed Oil

Cups for mixing paints and oil, separate one for each colour

Scalloped edge blank cards, from Create & Craft

Tray of large tupperware, big enough for card

Water, to fill tray

Kitchen roll


Protect your work surface when using any paints.

Fill your container/ tray 3/4s full of water and place on worktop. Also have your cards nearby.

To begin, choose your selection of colours, I used 3 with my cards. In your cups squeeze the acrylic paint, you don't need too much just a large blob. Next add the rapeseed oil, this mixture is 1/4 acrylic paint to 3/4 rapeseed oil. Using a small spoon or spatular mix the paints with the oil as much as you can. Some curdling may occur, this is fine, just mix them together as much as you can.

Add the paint to the water by using the teaspoon or spatular, drip blobs evenly around to get a nice coverage. If the paint is just sinking to the bottom, add more rapeseed oil so it floats.

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To cover the cards, simply dip the front of the card into the water and lay out to dry. Add a little more paint for every card to vary the pattern colours.



It looks so pretty!

After about 30-45 mins test if the paint feels like it has attached its self to the paper, if it has, use a sheet of kitchen roll in front and behind the card and blot off any excess oil.


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Allow to dry fully.

For an expert finish, line the cards with a crisp sheet of white paper, simply by cutting it down to size, folding in half and glueing into the inside of the card.