The holidays are in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling around trying to figure out a last minute gift for friends & loved ones. This year, I decided to get messy and try out a project I’ve been itching to do for quite a while now! I love the marble trend that’s happening in home decor and the simplicity of veg tan leather, so combined both of them in this fun + simple DIY.
What You’ll Need:
How To Make It:
The first step in marbling any kind of surface ( paper, fabric, wood, leather ) is creating a “size” (thick cellulose type solution) for the paint you’re working with to float on. I tried marbling with straight up water, and while it kind of works, the results are not as vibrant and the paint tends to sink rather than float like oil on water. The folks over at Dharma Trading are a great resource and have some useful tips if you end up having trouble, or would like to try a different marbling technique!
Step 1: In a blender, slowly add 1 TBS of carrageenan (seaweed derived gelling agent) to 3 cups of warm water and blend until fully dispersed. Pour mixture into a plastic container and let sit for at least 1 hour so that all the bubbles dissipate. If you are hand mixing, allow up to 12 hours for bubbles to settle and powder to dissolve.
Step 2: Dissolve 1 TSP of alum into a cup of warm water, then transfer into in a small spray bottle. Spray leather rounders to “pretreat” and let air dry. The alum helps the paint adhere to whatever surface you’re working with, so it’s an important step!
Step 3: Pour carrageenan “bath” into a shallow pan or container, such as a pyrex dish (about 1/2″ – 1″ deep)
Step 4: Use a plastic dropper to drop in acrylic leather paint, then use a toothpick to help create a swirl, or pattern that you desire. Add in additional colors as desired, and repeat swirling motion with toothpick. This is where you can get creative! You can add in as many colors as you’d like, or stick with just one. Totally up to you! I stuck with two colors as I wanted to create a bright, yet simple marbling effect.
Step 5: Once you are happy with a pattern that you’ve created, simply take your leather rounder and dip it flat into the bath, and slowly lift up. Voila! Don’t be afraid to experiment and get messy – have fun with it and let your creativity go wild!
Step 6: You’ll notice that your newly marbled leather coaster is covered in paint + is a bit slimy. Let it sit for about 30 seconds, then gently rinse off the leather coaster with cool water. The process can get pretty messy, but I recommend using method hand soap to clean up when you are done. I love that their products are biodegradable, made from recycled materials and 100% recyclable. They’re also animal and human friendly. Plus, they come in such fun colors!
This post was sponsored by method. All ideas + opinions expressed are my own as I love to create! Thank so much for supporting the brands that keep LA LOVETTA going!