Marble painting is an ancient art that goes back hundreds of years. Despite its ancient roots, marble patterns are a major trend in modern design. You can find it in stores all over the place, but why bother when you can easily marbleize items at home?
Lucite trays are big deal in home decor right now (read: expensive) but you can make now using an inexpensive, everyday object. Want to know what it is? Keep going!
Acrylic picture frame (discard cardboard insert and it makes a fantastic tray)
Easy Squeeze Tacky Glue
Tulip fabric paints (any color or consistency will be fine)
Plastic bags with zip closures
Wooden stems or toothpicks
1. Squeeze 2 tablespoons of Tacky Glue into the corner of a plastic bag (note: larger trays will require more glue).
2. Squeeze 1 teaspoon of fabric paint directly on top of the glue.
3. Seal off the top of the bag and mix the glue and paint thoroughly.
4. Snip off a small corner of the bag.
5. Use the bag to draw a thin line of the glue-paint around the inner circumference of the tray, then fill in the rest.
6. Use a toothpick to spread the paint around.
7. Once the bottom of the tray is coated with glue-paint at least 1/8" thick, let it rest for 5 minutes.
8. Following steps 1-4, add another color of glue-paint, striping them across the surface.
9. Add more colors, being careful to avoid the sides of the tray.
10. Use toothpick to graze the surface of the glue paint, creating swirls and waves as you go.
11. Allow to dry overnight, then put your tray to good use!
You'll find that the Tacky Glue creates a fantastically sturdy, water-resistant surface that will last for years. Enjoy!