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Marbling with Spraypaint – DIY Marbled Paper

I created these sample pieces using this method of marbling with spraypaint.
Marbled artwork is so unique and interesting!  I love how no two pieces are the same.  Artists use marbled artwork to create cards, journals, home decor items, and so much more!  Last summer, I tried marbling with spraypaint to create a series of cards.  Today I am sharing this very simple marbling process.

History of Marbling Paper

Marbling has been used for various purposes throughout the ages.  Marbling began in Japan around the 12th century.  This technique involved floating inks on water and then placing a piece of paper onto the floating ink.  This technique is still popular even today.  This Japanese technique is  suminagashi.  Another type of marbling originated in Turkey, Persia, and India during the 15th century.  This technique is known as Turkish marbling or Ebru.  This style of marbling used thickened water, similar to current marbling solutions today.  Ebru produces amazing backgrounds and usually has a design lightly combed into the foreground such as flowers or leaves.

 

During the 16th and 17th centuries the art of marbling spread to Europe.  The marbling industry kept the marbling trade techniques secret.  Often decorative book binding used marbling, such as book endpages.  In 1853, Charles Woolnough revealed the secrets to marbling in his book, The Whole Art of Marbling.  Unfortunately, machines automated book production by the time bookbinders had access to these techniques.  Marbling lost popularity until the 1970s, when handmade books emerged and helped to renew the popularity of this art form.  Today, marbling has thousands of masters who continue to explore these traditional methods and develop new ideas.

Samples of My Marbled Paper Projects

Over summer, last year, I created these really neat marbled stationary cards.  It was a lot of fun, albeit extremely messy.  Even my daughter, Atizle, got in on the fun and helped me to pick out color schemes.  I love how each card is different from the rest.  Marbling with spraypaint is a very fun process with such cool results!
Marbled Stationary Card Set - Set of 3 Marbled Cards in Blue, White, and Purple colors.
Set of 3 Marbled Cards in Blue, White, and Purple colors.

Marbling with Spraypaint

Supplies used for marbling with spray paint including spraypaint, aluminium foil pan (or other container large enough for the paper), paper.
Supplies used for marbling with spraypaint including: spraypaint, aluminum foil pan (or other container large enough for the paper), paper.
First, you must have a bucket or pan deep enough for your paper to be submerged in. This is very important!  I tried to do some different sized objects and I really struggled with the items that were bigger than my aluminum foil pan.  By the way, you can usually snag 2 pack of these pans for about a dollar or two at the dollar store.

Prepping for Marbling with Spraypaint

  1. Fill the pan with enough water so that your object for marbling can be completely covered with water.
  2. Choose the colors of spray paint that you will use.  The spraypaint cans need to be well shaken.  This process is very fast.  So it’s important to have EVERYTHING set up and ready before you spray the paint into the water.
  3. Make sure you have some sort of drying station setup.  I hung some clothesline and clothespins along the railing on my steps, so that the pieces could easily hang up to dry.
  4. Once you have your paper/objects ready, your marbling pan filled with water, chosen your spraypaint colors and shook them so they don’t clog or spray funny, and your drying rack is setup – its time to play!

Process for Marbling with Spraypaint

  1. Spray 2-3 colors into your water.  You can dip your paper or objects in now, or you can use a stick and swirl the paint.  Remember to work quickly as the spraypaint will dry very fast.  The spray paint sits on top of the water, and once the paper touches the surface the paint will stick to it!  Dip your paper/object in the water, remove, and hang to dry.  You can usually get 2-3 pieces from for each time you spray paint into the water.
  2. Warning – your hands will get completely covered in excess paint!  So you may want to use gloves.  I rarely use gloves when I paint.  However, I ended up completely covered in paint for several days after these marbling sessions!
I created these sample pieces using this method of marbling with spraypaint.
I created these sample pieces using this method of marbling with spraypaint.  For this batch, I used spraypaint made by Rust-Oleum.

Marbling isn’t just for Paper

Marbling is a very unique, and interesting art form that has been around for ages!  Each piece is a complete original.  So every piece is new and different from the previous ones, even the ones that use the same paint colors!  You can use this technique to create some new artwork or even cards to send to your family and friends!  This process makes quite the mess, so prepare for that part!  Marbling with spraypaint is super quick.  If you don’t feel you are up for the mess, feel free to snag these awesome marbled stationary cards from the shop.  Marbled artwork also looks fantastic on other pieces of home decor.  I’d love to hear from you if you decide to try out marbling with spraypaint, so please leave a comment below!
Marbling with Spraypaint to create original artwork quickly and easily.
Marbling with Spraypaint to create original artwork quickly and easily.
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Spray Paint Art For Sale: New Spacescapes and More

New Spray Paintings by Adria Black Art (2017).
It’s officially spray paint season, everyone! I have been creating spray paint art for a bit over 8 years whenever the inspiration and weather decides to cooperate with me.  I am so super excited to finally be enjoying some lovely warm weather so that I can get out and shake my spray cans!  Last Christmas, I decided to give my dad and my nephew some of my paintings for gifts, and they have been talking about them ever since.

 

This prompted me to make a decision for 2017 to focus more on expanding my knowledge of this art form.  As further motivation, I applied for a craft show for my spray paint and I was accepted!  So my first craft show was this Sunday (May 7th) at the MIP Craft Show in Milan, Illinois at the Eriksen Car Dealership.  And it was totally awesome!  Thanks everyone who came out and said hi!

Spray Paint Art

The most important detail of my spray paint art is that it is completely created using only spray paint on poster board.  Through various techniques of scraping paint and using old magazines, I create different textures and effects that make these very realistic paintings.  It is a lot of fun to play around with this medium!  If you are interested in this kind of thing, check out SprayCasso on YouTube.

 

Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017)
A space citadel (or castle) created using spray paints by Adria Black (2017).  Original Painting for Sale – $30.00

Spacescapes – Spray Paint Art

Everyone in my family really loves the sci-fi genre.  Most of my family are huge Star Wars fan.  My dad and I enjoy reading sci-fi novels.  It’s a big deal in this family!  So I really enjoy to create “spacescapes”.  These paintings are a style of spray painting that combines planets, galaxies, stars, and so much more.  I have also recently started adding space castles and that kind of thing to my space paintings.  Below you can check out some of the new Spacescapes that I created in the last few weeks.

 

Blue Paints Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Blue Paints Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Exploding Planet Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Exploding Planet Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Loads of Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Loads of Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Looking Up Space Painting - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Looking Up Space Painting – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Orange and Green Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Orange and Green Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00
Pink and Orange Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and Orange Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Planets in Space - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets in Space – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Planets with Space Station - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets with Space Station – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Yellow and Pink Planets Spacescape - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Yellow and Pink Planets Spacescape – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Decorative Flowers – Spray Paint Art

With mother’s day right around the corner, I decided to create some fun and unique flower paintings that Mom would love to receive for her special day!  I used a couple special techniques to create these pieces.  For the multi-colored daisies, I layered a mixture of colors and then layered black spray paint over the top.  Using magazine sheets and a special palette knife I carefully removed some of the black paint to reveal the colors underneath.  These pieces remind me of the old scratch board art that I used to do as a kid, where you scribbled with colored crayons and then layered black crayon on top and scratched the crayon off to create your design.

 

Night Blooming Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Night Blooming Flowers – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

 

The second technique that I played around with for these decorative flowers involved the use of a straw.  I created my backgrounds for each piece and then sprayed the flower colors onto the painting.  While the paint was still wet, I used a straw to blow air into the puddle paint to create my flowers.  I really love how these flowers turned out!  They are just so pretty!

 

Growing Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Growing Flowers – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Blue Flowers at Sunset - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Blue Flowers at Sunset – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Twilight - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Twilight – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Blue and Purple Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Blue and Purple Flowers – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Pink and White Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and White Flowers – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Sunset - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Pink and Yellow Flowers at Sunset – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

Landscapes – Spray Paint Art

I love the realistic effects that can be achieved using spray paint and the techniques that I have learned.  These really come into play when creating these fun landscapes.  Often the landscapes have a dreamy and other-worldly feel to them – like something you would see on a different planet!

 

Waterfall with Spring Flowers - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Waterfall with Spring Flowers – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00

 

I tend to include water of some kind, mountains, trees, and other nature elements in these spray paintings.  However, my favorite from this recent work is definitely the waterfall with the spring flowers all around it!

 

Moonlit Lake and Trees - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Moonlit Lake and Trees – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for sale – $30.00
North Star Mountain Scene - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
North Star Mountain Scene – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets Overhead - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Planets Overhead – Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00

Purple Mountain and Lake - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Purple Mountain and Lake – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00
Purple Mountains - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Purple Mountains – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00
Sunset Lake - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Sunset Lake – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original painting for sale – $30.00

Sunset with Trees - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Sunset with Trees – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original painting for sale – $30.00
Twin Moons - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Twin Moons – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original painting for sale – $30.00
Waterfall and Distant Mountains - Spray Paint Art by Adria Black (2017).
Waterfall and Distant Mountains – Spray Painting by Adria Black (2017). Original Painting for Sale – $30.00

Let me know what you think of these new spray paint pieces in the comments below!  All of these pieces are now available as prints, home decor, and other products on Society 6.  Simply click the image of the painting that you love and it will take you directly to all of the available purchasing options.  If you want one of the original paintings, you can feel free to email me at adriablackart@gmail.com!