Jacquard Marbling Colors

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Marbling Color

Jacquard Marbling

Marbling is the ancient art of floating paint on the surface of thickened water (known as the “marbling size”) and then transferring this floating design onto paper or fabric. It has a rich history throughout Europe and Asia.

Jacquard’s marbling system (available in the Jacquard Marbling Kit) eliminates the guess work that is typically associated with marbling and allows even beginners to achieve professional-quality results. All Jacquard’s Marbling Colors spread equally on the marbling size and produce the most intense colors possible. On fabric, the Marbling Colors are soft to the touch and completely washfast after heat-setting. On other porous and semi-porous surfaces, the paints have excellent adhesion.

any porous or semi-porous surface, including natural and synthetic fabrics, canvas, paper, wood, leather and more

In general paper for marbling should not contain a lot of external sizing to keep the marbling paints from sinking into the paper. Smooth paper is also nice to maintain crisp designs. Printmaking, charcoal, and pastel papers are particularly nice as are rice papers, although Hosho should be avoided as it dissolves when it gets wet. Papers made for markers or watercolor seems to contain a lot of sizing causing marbled designs to run. This is an incomplete list of papers that we have found to work well for marbling:

  • Canson Drawing paper XL
  • Mi-Teintes pastel paper
  • Stonehenge
  • Rives BFK
  • Mulberry rice paper
  • Masa rice paper
  • Clearprint Vellum

- 9 Colors

 2 fl oz/59.15 ml  (Item JMA1)
 8 fl oz/0.24 L  (Item JMA2)
 1 gal/3.79 L   (Item JMA4)

Also available

Synthetic Gall
Use with marbling colors to adjust how much the paints spread on the marbling sizing.

Kit and Class Pack


  101 Yellow   104 Violet    107 Green
  102 Orange   105 Blue   109 White
  103 Red   106 Turquoise   110 Black