Marbled Backgrounds – Marbling Rocks With Acrylic Paint

I mentioned earlier that one of my New Years’ resolutions is to keep posting my newest rocks.

So far it hasn’t been really cold and we haven’t even had snow. But snow belongs to a nice winter so I started painting snowflakes. I did paint a few snowflakes on rocks with a marbled background. When I presented these snowflake rocks with marble background to my fb group I was asked how I mixed the paint for this marble effect. Thus I thought to share the techniques of how to paint marble rocks and how to how to blend acrylic paint on rocks.

How To Paint Marble Rocks

It’s not difficult at all and everyone can have fun with it and paint rocks with great effects. You can do that with a brush and pots of paint or marbling rocks with acrylic paint pens is the other option.

I like to use the posca markers, it does take a bit of paint thought, but it is easy to work with the markers.

When the acrylic paint is still liquid then it blends well on the rocks and interesting effects are created.

The Marbled Background

Snowflakes look great on painted rocks using different techniques for multicolored backgrounds. It is so much fun to try it out.

The technique is pretty simple:

  • Dampen the stone with a plant sprayer
  • Shake the acrylic paint pen vigorously, and pump a few times so that the paint comes out of the tip in a blob
  • Combine several colors and let the blobs merge into one another
  • Maybe spray some more water over it
  • The rock needs to dry well before you can paint the snowflakes

Here is another one of my rocks with a marbled background

Here is another technique to make the rock’s surface marbled.

Background Created With Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is also suitable for marbling rocks with acrylic paint. Look here at the stone with the snowflakes and notice the interesting effects that arise when marbling the rock’s background with acrylic paint I think that’s really great.

Using bubble wrap to marble the rock:

  • Paint the bubble wrap the color you want for the background
  • The paint must be applied generously to the bubble wraps bubbles
  • Now place the pebble on the foil and press it down well
  • Let it dry a little and repeat the process with a different color

I took dark blue first, then light blue, and finally white. In the image, you can see the pattern that the bubble wrap leaves on the rocks.

This technique is also ideal for motifs such as designing these hydrangeas.

Background Created With Cling Wrap

There is cling film in every household, you can do a lot more with it than just wrap food. It is also ideal for marbling the surface of a rock to have an interesting, extraordinary background.

For the third set of my snowflake rocks, I used the cling film technique.

  • Cut a piece of cling film and crumple it up and shape it into a ball
  • Color these with Posca pens, I started with dark blue
  • The film is then pressed onto the rock. The folds in the film create interesting patterns
  • This is repeated until the rock is covered according to your own ideas
  • Then colored another ball of cling film, in my case light blue, and repeat the process
  • To finish off, do the same thing again with white paint.

Here is another rock created using this technique: