I have just joined your informative list and have really enjoyed reading
the posts here.
My name is Sonja and I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I have been marbling for about 6 years now and have just opened up a
small cottage business out of my home and on the internet, making and
selling my marbled papers. I know my marbled papers really don't
compare to the likes of Diane Maurer-Mathison, Iris Nevins, Peggy
Skycraft, Galen Barry and others, but I am quite content with what I do,
although there is always room for improvement. In fact, I'd love to be
able to take a class from any of these wonderful
marblers...unfortunately, the exchange rate is atrocious and I do not
have the means to visit the US to be able to do this.
What I have a hard time finding in Canada is supplies necessary for
marbling, especially for getting real crisp, clean results. We do carry
a type of seaweed product called Sodium Alginate, but I find it almost
too slimy to use, even when thinned down to a very liquid consistency.
I have bought some Carrageenan through Mr. Barry and have been using it
sparingly as it is quite an expensive product. I also use Liquitex
acrylic paints mixed with distilled water and have sometimes used the
Liquitex Marble Ease and even Photoflo as dispersants. Lately I just
use the paints along with the distilled water with no problems. Again,
some colors such as the reds do give me some grief...
I have had wonderful results with the metallic paints, especially the
interference paint on black Ingres. The people I sell my papers to,
seem to always want the metallic...
I also belong to our Calligraphy guild here and will be teaching basic
marbling at the end of February. I did teach a class 2 years ago with a
lot of enthusiasm from the group.
I have found an absolutely wonderful paper that I picked up from a
liquidation store called "Gilbert Bond" in which I don't need to alum at
all as the paints seem to lay just fine on it without it. I cannot find
a source where this paper was made. Does anyone have any idea where to
look for this paper or suggestions on what other paper to use. I have
tried "Strathmore writing" and find that it just does not lay well on
the size and ends up with many a air bubble...
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks so much!