Make it at Home | Chalk Marbling

Add a little flare to your next paper project with chalk marbling! You can use sidewalk chalk, chalk pastel, or even chalkboard chalk.



  • Tray (2-3 inches deep)
  • Water
  • Chalk (chalk pastels, sidewalk chalk)
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Dull knife

How to:

  1. If needed, cut down the paper to fit the tray.
  2. Fill the tray with a couple inches of water.
  3. Scrape the chalk with the knife onto the surface of the water. You can use multiple colours and experiment with creating interesting patterns in the water.
  4. When you are done with scraping the chalk get your paper ready. Hold the paper so that it makes a ‘U’ shape and begin to dip it in the water, starting from the centre and slowly lowering the edges. Do not completely submerge the paper in the water.
  5. When the edges start to curl the paper is ready to be taken out. Slowly peel the paper off the surface of the water starting from one corner.
  6. Shake excess water off the paper and put it on a drying rack or somewhere flat to dry.
  7. Repeat this process (Steps 3-6) as many times as needed. Note: After each print use a toothpick or fork to get rid of any excess chalk from the surface of the water that was not picked up by the paper. You may need to change the water every 4-5 prints to avoid muddiness  and to get clear and vibrant results.
  8. Optional: Once dry you can use a spray fixative or hairspray to fix the chalk to the paper to prevent smudging.