Marbled Milk Paper Experiment

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Hypothesis: When I add the ink and dish soap to the almond milk, it will result in a marbling effect.


  • Deep dish or tray
  • Watercolour paper
  • 3 – 4 tbsp almond milk (original¬†flavour)
  • Food colouring, liquid watercolors and/or ink
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Q-tips


  • Step One: Cut your watercolor paper to a size that fits in your tray. Leave paper nearby because in order to get the best effects you must work quickly!


  • Step Two:¬†Pour roughly 3-4 tablespoons of almond milk into a tray. There should be enough for a thin layer of milk that covers the bottom of your tray.


  • Step Three: Add in drops of coloring around the milk. Choose funky colour combos!


  • Step Four: Add a couple dollops of dish soap around the tray or place the dish soap on a q-tip. See how the colouring reacts to the soap


  • Step Five: Using a q-tip or toothpick, begin swirling the colors.


  • Step Six: Before the colors get too mixed together, take a sheet of paper and lay it on top of the mixture. Press down and count to five. Gently lift it, set aside to dry. Repeat steps 2-6 for rest of your paper.


My Results!:



  • Be generous with the ink, putting too little ink creates very faint patterns
  • As soon as the dish soap soaked q-tip touched the ink, it spread away from it very quickly.
  • When you leave the q-tip in one place, the colours stuck on the bottom of the tray appear
  • The iridescent inks do not work well with this project
  • Moving the paper slightly while it is placed over the ink creates more interesting patterns
  • Swirling the inks too much causes them to be overmixed, resulting in a messy looking product


In conclusion, by adding ink and dish soap into almond milk, we were able to get a marbling effect that could be printed onto paper. By doing this artistic experiment, I was able to create beautiful abstract artwork easily. It was interesting to find out that almond milk can be used as art supplies. After doing this project, I would like to try other interesting, artsy science experiments or even trying to improve on my marbling abilities. I will use my results for greeting cards or a bookmark. I’d like to try this experiment with other colouring like food colouring or liquid watercolours.

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