Body marbling

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Body marbling on hand
Body marbling on hand

Body marbling is a painting process similar to paper marbling, in which paint is floated on water and transferred to a person's skin. Unlike the traditional oil-based technique for paper, neon or ultraviolet reactive colours are typically used, and the paint is water-based and non-toxic.[1] The term "body marbling" was coined in 2011 by Brad Lawrence of Black Light Visuals.[2][a] Body marbling has become popular at festivals.[4]

Painting process[edit]

BLVisuals face painting. Taken October 2013
BLVisuals face painting. Taken October 2013

The skin is bathed in a salt water solution which allows the paint to adhere. The desired pattern is created by adding drops of paint to the water surface, and transferred to the skin by dipping.[5] The water for painting is mixed with a thickening agent such as guar gum.[6] The skin is then dipped in a rinse bath and allowed to dry.[7] The painting is temporary and can be removed by washing.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The phrase "Body Marbling" is a trade mark registered by BLVISUALS on 15 August 2017.[3]


  1. ^ Valenti, Lauren (9 September 2016). "The New "Body Marbling" Trend Is Must-See Stuff, People". Marie Claire.
  2. ^ Black Light Visuals
  3. ^ "BODY MARBLING". Justia Trademarks. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ Scott, Ellen (9 September 2016). "Body Marbling Is the New Festival Trend You're Going to Be Obsessed with". Metro.
  5. ^ Pound, Kaylin. "Festival-Goers Are Turning Their Bodies Into Trendy Pieces Of Marble Art". Elite Daily. Kaylin Pound. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  6. ^ Pantrey, Michael. "Body Marbling". Superpants. M. Pantrey. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  7. ^ Bakutyte, Justina. "It Looks Like This Woman's Arm Is Covered In Tattoos, But It's Actually Something Else". A Plus. A Plus. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  8. ^ Rini, Jen. "Bright colors, body paint, top Firefly fashion". Delaware Online. The News Journal. Retrieved 7 September 2016.