How to Marble Paint

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Learn how to marble paint ceramic with our easy tutorial.  Make gorgeous vases, flower pots, ring dishes and more with this fun craft project!

How to Marble Paint Ceramic Vase

I have a new obsession and it includes marble paint.  I had no idea it was this easy to add a colorful marble effect to plain ceramic until I made this gorgeous vase and now I’m ready to marble paint everything!  I’ve used nail polish to make marbled mugs but I was excited to try the same technique using marble paint. The best thing about this project is you only need a few supplies.

Supplies needed to make your own DIY marbled vase:

Marbled Vase Supplies

How to Marble Paint

Step 1:  Drop 5-10 drops of Marabu Easy Marble Paint into bowl of water.

Step 2:  Use bamboo skewer to swirl paint in water.

How to Marble - Marbled Vase Step 1

Step 3:  Dip ceramic vase slowly into water and remove slowly.

Step 4:  Place on flat surface to dry completely.

As you can see, I used aqua, pink and purple Marble Marabu Paint but you can use any color combination to make your own marbled vase.

How to Marble a Ceramic Vase Finished Project

I LOVE the way this project turned out!  I do recommend testing it our first with something small like a bowl or plate.  I played around with the process a few times before dipping the vase.  And, the best part – if you don’t like the way it looks, just wash it off and start over again.

Helpful Tips for using Marble Paint

  • Make sure your bowl is large enough to fit your entire ceramic surface.
  • Place a towel under your bowl of water.
  • Dip your object in the water slowly.
  • Don’t panic if you have air bubble of paint on your object.  Wait until the paint is completely dry and you’ll be able to smooth them out.
  • Start with adding the darkest color of paint to the water first.
  • Be patient and have fun!  Even though this project only requires a few supplies, do not rush the process.  Take your time and have fun.

Have you tried this fun marbling effect yet?  If not, I hope I’ve inspired you to try it.  I promise you’ll love the way it turns out.


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  1. Hello!
    Did you pretreat the surface of the ceramic vase? The kit I bought says to treat paper and fabric with mordant. Also did you change the ratio of the size to water? Once the vase was marbled and dry did you seal it?

    Thank you for your help!