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Marbleized Pencils

Personalize your sharpened pencils with two shades of craft paint and a technique that's pre-K easy but AP-art impressive.

Marbelized Pencils

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2016


  • Craft paint, in 2 different shades (we used Martha Stewart Crafts Multisurface Satin acrylic craft paint, in "Slate Gray" and "Cloud," $2.50 for 2 oz.,
  • Aluminum foil
  • Number 2 pencils (General’s Cedar Pointe No. 2 pencils, $24 for 3 dozen,
  • Washi or clear tape


  1. Squeeze paints in 2 parallel, pencil-length strips on a piece of foil.
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  2. Cover pencil erasers with tape to protect them.
  3. Place pencils parallel to paint strips, then roll through paint.
  4. Place pencils on top of plastic cups to dry. (This ensures that they won’t stick to foil once completely dry.)
  5. Remove tape from erasers.

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