Dear Tom, Thanks for your reply -very encouraging to hear of your
success with handmade papers. The bubbling is not the same as
cockling, which I hardly every get now, and I can usually lay my
papers without any problems. The bubbles seem to come from air which
is trapped deep in the fibers - when I put them under water, the
bubbles actually float out, or some of them anyway. A bookbinder who
gave me the papers to try out warned me about the possible problem.
I have had no trouble with my own handmade paper, or with washi -
Japanese kozo paper - just with the semi automated handmade paper,
and with Indian handmade paper made from recycled cotton t-shirts.
It may be residue from a bleach, or from caustic soda (a suggestion
from my local chemist) still puzzled . . . Joan Ajala--- In
Marbling@y..., leech541@a... wrote:
> Dear Joan, I don't understand what you mean by "bubbling". I've
> 15 years now, mostly on handmade paper, and haven't run into
> would lead me to the corrective steps you described. If the
problem is with
> air bubbles being trapped under the paper as you lay the sheet on
> then that is another matter. After aluming, try placing your
> sheets of chipboard with just a little weight on top to keep the
> If ANY paper sits unrestrained after it is dampened (or alumed) it
> almost always cockled.
> As for smudging, this is a problem inherent in watercolor
marbling. A number
> of "fixes" have been discussed here, but long ago i switched to
> have never worried about that particular problem again. Good luck.
> tom Leech