Skills: marbling

Dramatic Skylines

Marbling could not be more simple!  It is very messy though…the inks are very oily and  can stain clothes and hands. However, I think it’s worth it for the results you get!

All you need are marbling inks, a tray of water,  cartridge paper and a few tools such as combs and paint brushes.  The children add drops of ink to the water and experiment with pattern making by mixing in the inks in different ways, using the tools.  It is a lot of fun!


I worked with a group of Year 4 children to produce work for an art exhibition which celebrated the life of aviator, Bessie Coleman.  Our marbled papers became dramatic skies and we added silhouette skylines using black card. Bessie’s plane flies up above.