Last month Amy and I hopped in a car and drove out to Montauk to film a DIY video with one of our favorite crafty ladies, Erica Domesek of . Erica’s first book, also called , just launched this month and we wanted to celebrate by trying a project that she assured us would be easy for even the newest crafter. So today Erica is teaching us how to create Marbled Paper and turn it into a cute paper lampshade! And, because Erica is the queen of making something beautiful out of almost anything, she even came up with a fun necklace DIY using the leftover marbled paper scraps (Instructions after the jump). Thanks so much to Erica for sharing this fun project with us and showing us a great time during our trip to Montauk. to check out Erica’s website and to check out and order her online. xo, grace
to pick up a copy of Erica’s new book
CLICK HERE for the written instructions and Erica’s Marbled Paper Necklaces after the jump!
Materials Needed for Marbling Paper
- 100% cotton paper
- 2 baking trays
- mi bowl
- bamboo skewers
Materials Needed for Creating a Lampshade
- paper lampshade
- marbled paper
- hot glue
Project Instructions for Marbling Paper
- In mi bowl, whisk methylcellulose with water. Let it sit for an hour, whisking every 15 minutes.
- Pour an inch of the methylcellulose and water mixture into a shallow container (We used a baking tray)
- If the mixture develops bubbles, float strips of newspaper on the mixture, pat the newspaper lightly and from one corner, peel the newspaper off the mixture – the bubbles should disappear.
- Thin your acrylic paint with water.
- Using a paint brush, sprinkle dots of thinned paint on the methylcellulose mixture in the shallow container.
- Using toothpicks, cardboard and masking tape, make a comb.
- Use this comb and/or a bamboo skewer to swirl the paint and create patterns.
- Float the 100% cotton paper on the swirled paint. Lightly pat the paper to make sure that all the paper is touching the paint.
- Lifting from one corner, peel the paper from the paint mixture and float the paper, paint side up in a second baking tray filled with an inch of water.
- Pour a cup of water over the paint to rinse it.
- Remove the marbled paper from the water and shake it lightly to remove excess water.
- Hang the paper to dry on a clothesline or lay it flat.
Project Instructions for Marbled Paper Lampshade
- Measure lampshade and trim paper to fit.
- Pipe hot glue around the top and bottom of your lampshade.
- Wrap the paper around the existing lampshape.
- Clip with clothespin until the hot glue has dried.
Project Instructions for Marbled Necklaces
- Using your excess paper, tear off pieces in shapes that you like. (Erica made tear drop shapes)
- Lay out the pieces of paper in a pattern or arrangement that you like.
- If you’re using cord, cut a hole in the paper with a hole punch so you can string it on the cord. Then tie a knot on either side of the paper (or just one side if you want them to be close together) to keep them in place.
- If you’re using a chain, use a needle and thread to stitch the paper on to the chain links in the desired order.