As a longtime bibliophile, I have also long been interested in marbled paper, which was common in past years as endpapers, and even along the page edges..... not that I own any of these types of books, mind you! Two artist friends took a paper marbling workshop with master marblers Regina and Dan St. John of Chena River Marblers a few years back at a local art venue, Creative Arts Workshop, here in New Haven. And since then, I've wanted to take this workshop. I jumped for joy when I saw back in February that it would be offered this June, and immediately signed up!
Warning - THIS IS PHOTO HEAVY FOR MY OWN RECORDS! But I hope you enjoy as well! And forgive the photo/text spacing - Blogger and I have our little tiffs and tonight is one example!
We started with some free form "drawing" with a stylus once the acrylic paints had been added to the special "bath". The paper is regular paper, primed with an alum solution, which acts as a gesso to give tooth to which the paint can adhere without washing off in the rinse. Here are two examples in two different color ways.
Here you can see some white areas where the paint did not cover the bath. These are known as "worms", and can be removed with certain techniques.... but I kind of like the design element here, lol! Almost looks like stitching in some places.
Then we moved onto a bull's eye pattern. I used primary colors, and did not make my circles merge (which really just reflects the amount of paint on the bath before laying the paper. I do not have any pictures of the first layer, but once it dried, I overlaid it with another bull's eye pattern.... not really my style, but whatever!
Here you can see that we were working on large pieces of paper.... but one can marble on virtually any size object.
The red paint here is starting to break down, producing a lovely but unexpected crackling effect....not treasured by most marblers, but I loved it, lol! And Regina told me some folks try for this... they must be part of our clan!
Below is an attempt at a classic chevron, which should be much straighter! And following that is where I swirled it with my stylus because the pattern was going really funky due to poor technique with the tool to produce the chevron. Reminiscent of a hurricane weather map in steps, lol!!
Here is another experiment with the combs and rakes that are dragged through the paint for patterns....
So, just what I need - another paper obsession, lol!! But will definitely be diving more into this, as I adore the exploration.... and can see many uses for the (usually) beautiful papers created.
Thanks so much for hanging in here with me, if you have! And if you've time, please do comment - I always love hearing your thoughts about my work!