Deanna Paquette is a digital designer at Shutterstock. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.


Papercraft and abstraction are a winning combination in any design environment. As UK-based design blog Present & Correct notes, there’s a slight “obsession with stationery,” and when they tweeted about marbleized paper recently, there was cause to swoon.

This admiration for all things marbleized is quite widespread, so I also picked out some stunning examples of the practice. Check out these images that shake up a mixture of moods, from nostalgia to creative fervor.

shutterstock 554169 Simply marbleous: Gorgeous images of marbleized paperPhoto of handmade Renaissance/Victori Marbled Paper | Robert Brown Stock

shutterstock 554162 Simply marbleous: Gorgeous images of marbleized paperPhoto of handmade Renaissance/Victori Marbled Paper | Robert Brown Stock

shutterstock 142882894 Simply marbleous: Gorgeous images of marbleized paperVintage background with marbled paper | Kanea

 Simply marbleous: Gorgeous images of marbleized paperVintage background with marbled paper | Kanea

 Simply marbleous: Gorgeous images of marbleized paperTurkish marbled paper artwork background | Orhan Cam

shutterstock 107344526 1 Simply marbleous: Gorgeous images of marbleized paperGenuine paper with marbled effect Athos Boncompagni Illustratore

 Simply marbleous: Gorgeous images of marbleized paperMarbled background- marbled paper | EmeCeDesigns