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How to Use Martha Stewart Marbling Medium

With Martha Stewart Marbling Medium you can create a marbled effect on wood, canvas, paper, glass, ceramic, terra cotta, and metal! This formula is great for indoor and outdoor projects. Use with Martha Stewart Craft Paint for best results. Watch the video below to learn more about Martha Stewart Marbling Medium.

Martha Stewart Marbling Medium Frequently Asked Questions

On what types of surfaces can Martha Stewart Marbling Medium be used?
Martha Stewart Marbling Medium works on most surfaces—wood, papier mache, paper, canvas, cork, metal, fabric, and ceramic—however, on sealed surfaces (such as ceramics) and fabrics, the marbling medium should be used for decorative purposes only.

What is the best way to mix Martha Stewart Marbling Medium with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Paints?
Pour one part paint to 2 parts marbling medium, and gently mix the two liquids together until thoroughly combined with either a craft stick or palette knife. Do not whisk or stir quickly as this will introduce air bubbles into the mixture.

What are the best tools to use when working with Martha Stewart Marbling Medium?
  • Cups, spoons, and craft sticks are ideal for creating the marbling medium-paint mixture.
  • Toothpicks are extremely effective in creating intricate marbled effects.
  • A cooling rack and cookie sheet can be used to capture excess paint when as it drips off the edges of your project surface.

What is the recommended technique for creating a marbleized project using Martha Stewart Marbling Medium?
  1. Make sure your work area is protected by covering the table with scrap paper or newspaper.
  2. Scoop the paint and marbling medium mixture with a plastic spoon, then drizzle or drop several big droplets onto your project surface.
  3. Using the same technique, repeat with additional colors to cover 50% to 75% of your project surface.
  4. When the surface is mostly covered, lift your project surface and begin to tilt the surface slowly in a variety of directions, allowing the droplets of colors to run into each other, creating a marbled effect.
You can also tap the surface against the table or gently tap the sides with your hand to “run the colors” more, or try using a toothpick through the surface to create intricate designs. 

Is Martha Stewart Marbling Medium safe to use outdoors?
Yes, when mixed properly using Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints, a marbleized project can be used both indoors and outdoors. 

How should I clean my tools after using Martha Stewart Marbling Medium?
Clean up while wet with mild soap and water.

How long does it take Martha Stewart Marbling Medium to dry?
Projects will bw dry to the touch within four hours, depending upon the thickness of the paint application and the humidity of the room being worked in, and they will be fully cured in 21 days. 

Is a project created using Martha Stewart Marbling Medium dishwasher-safe?
No, projects created using Martha Stewart Marbling Medium are not safe for use in the dishwasher. 

You can learn more by reading the complete FAQ, available for download below. 

How to Use Martha Stewart Marbling Medium