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Marbling Paint Technique Tutorial

Make this Valentine's Day sign with an acrylic paint pouring technique that you will love.
15 hours
Total Time 15 hours
Makes 1 sign
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Testors Marbling Medium
  • Testors Craft Paint in white, pink, and red
  • Wood panel 12x12 size
  • Wood car
  • Disposable cups
  • Craft sticks
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Wood glue
  • Tracing paper or a Cricut machine and vinyl
  • Love bug printable or cut file


Marbling Paint Technique

  • First, you will need to marble the wood panel. For this, I have an acrylic paint pouring technique that will give you a marbled look. Start with your plain wood panel and protect your work surface well. This technique is messy so I use scrap cardboard to cover my table.
  • Then mix your paint in disposable cups. Mix each with one part marbling medium and one part craft paint.
  • Then use a craft stick to mix it well in a disposable cup. Make sure your wood panel is flat and up off of your work surface. I used my small bottles of paint under the panel to lift it up.
  • Then just start pouring on the mixed paint and lifting your panel to help swirl the paint.
  • You want to continue this way until the entire front of the panel is covered as well as the sides. I like to use a craft stick to help push the paint around on the sides to ensure I get complete coverage. Then just set your panel on the paint bottles to keep it elevated and make sure it is level. Allow to dry completely (which will be overnight.)

Completing Your Valentine's Day Sign

  • Now that you have mastered this marbling paint technique, we need to finish this Valentine's Day sign. You will need to also paint your VW bug with the pink paint. I did a really light coat over the top so the lines still show through the paint slightly. Allow that to dry as well before assembling.
  • Then use some glue that works for wood to add the bug to the bottom of your sign. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Ways to Add Words to the Sign

  • There are a few ways you can add the word love bug to your sign.
  • Use the SVG file and your Cricut machine to cut vinyl and place it with transfer tape. You can see how to do that here.
  • Use tracing paper and the printed words to put an outline on your sign. Then use paint to fill it in. You can see where I did that here.
  • Print and trace the words with a pen leaving an indention in your wood surface. You can then use paint to fill that in. You can see where I did that here.
  • However, you choose to add the words is completely up to you.
  • Then just put your new marbled sign on display for Valentine's Day! With this marbling paint technique, you can make so many things.