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You can make our marbleized floorcloth using the follow-
; steps. Or, use these instructions as a guide for creating
ur own one-of-a-kind designs.
Remember, it's best to practice on a small fabric sample
fore starting a large floorcloth.
Unprimed artist's canvas
Artist's matte medium acrylic varnish
Acrylic paints (in tubes)
Flat palette knife
Paper (not newspaper)
Small spray bottle
Empty jars (jelly jars work well)
1. Lay the canvas over a protective layer of paper on a flat
rface, such as the floor.
2. Draw your design on the canvas with chalk, leaving a 3-
ich border for side hems.
3. Mask around the areas that you want to marbleize.
'fien protect the remaining canvas areas with paper.
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4. Paint marble areas with matte medium varnish; let dry
for several hours.
5. In glass jars, mix paints with water until a syruplike
consistency is reached. (We used black, white, violet, and
6. Pour the main color (we chose white) on the canvas in
patches or swirls. Now, add smaller amounts of your other
colors. Then, pick up the rug between your hands, tilting it so
the colors run and swirl together and create a marble effect.
You also can direct the paint with a palette knife or squirts of
water from a spray bottle.
Let the cloth dry for at least 24 hours. (It may appear
puckered now, but will flatten later as you finish it.)
7. Prime remaining areas of the rug with varnish; let dry;
apply two coats of paint. For extra detail, "vein" the solid-col-
ored areas with tiny lines of black.
8. Let dry completely. Iron both sides, using a hot setting
and placing a wet cloth between the iron and canvas.
9. Next, apply two or three protective top coats of artist's
10. To hem your cloth, press the border under, then brush
it with water so that it shrinks. Let it dry. Then glue the hem
with artist's acrylic varnish.
11. For optimum durability, let the rug rest for a week or
two before using it.
After the floorcloth is dry, simply position it on your floor,
using a light foam pad or double-stick tape beneath it to
minimize slipping. M