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1592RE: [Marbling] Re: Sumi Paper

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  • Ann Lederer
    Mar 14, 2003
      you can also get left over rolls of newsprint at many newspapers for a couple of dollars.
      Franklyn Smith <bembo@...> wrote:Hi Rain,

      What a good idea, using newsprint to pick up the Japanese paper! Have
      you considered substituting unprinted newsprint paper which is usually
      available at art supply stores and certainly from paper distributors.
      It's pretty cheap and would eliminate the problem of the offset of the
      printers' ink .

      Shelagh Smith

      -----Original Message-----
      From: crystalmirror2002 [mailto:crystalmirror2002@...]
      Sent: March 9, 2003 5:50 AM
      To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Marbling] Re: Sumi Paper

      Hi all -

      I just found this group 2 days ago and am very happy to find such
      a virtual gathering of marblers. I am also very impressed to see
      so many highly revered marblers having the willingness and
      patience to share advice with beginning and experenced
      marblers alike! I have been marbling for 20 years, not full time,
      but in episodic, manic spurts which have yielded thousands of
      sheets over the years. I always discover new things every single
      time I marble and that is one of the experiences i love about this

      I have done a lot of marbling with sumi paper; one reason i really
      like to use it is that it does not require alum (as is true also with
      other papers that are unsized) .

      i like to use the sumi papers to pick up residual patterns that
      float on the surface after i have removed a piece of paper that
      didnt cover the whole tray. you know , those times when you
      have such a beautiful, ephemeral, swirly pattern left on the size
      that it just breaks your heart to scrape it off with newspaper and
      you dont have any small sheets of paper alumed to pick it up
      with? well that is usually when i use the sumi paper...since it
      doesnt need to be alumed, and one can not plan the
      serendipitious effects that can occur when the colors left at the
      edges of the bath float into *beauty*. i keep several
      sizes/weights/colors of sumi paper on hand for just this

      i have also used the sumi papers as the 'primary target' for my
      marbling, and even over marbled them many times. one of my
      all time favorite marbles is a 15"x20" sheet of sumi paper which
      is overmarbled twice. if i knew how to attach a jpg file to this
      message i would put it out here for you to see. (is that even

      I marble with even the most thin and fragile of sumi papers, and
      to lift it off the size i simply put a piece of newspaper down
      directly on the sumi paper (which does indeed get completely
      saturated with the carrageenan as soon as you lay it down on
      the size) and the sumi paper adheres to the newspaper, which
      of course is plently strong enough to hold the wet sumi paper,
      and strong enough also to withstand the rinsing process. i
      leave the sumi paper on the newspaper until it is completely dry,
      and then peel it off.

      occasionally, there may be some newpaper ink imprint left on
      the sumi paper, but of the hundreds of sheets i have marbled
      this way, i think maybe only 2% have had that ink stain problem.
      i try to use newspaper pages with low ink loads to minimize the
      potential for staining.

      even if i wouldnt use an ink stained paper in a piece of art, i find
      that none of my friends object to having their birthday gifts
      wrapped in a paper with a little newspapery spot on it. (though
      certainly these days the messages that could be left from any
      newspaper could be too depressing and might render a paper
      ineligible for gift giving !) :>)

      pray for peace!
      - Rain

      PS, i realize brevity is probably appreciated in these messages,
      and apologize for the overblabbling my 1am cup of tea has

      --- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, Geri Burgert <gburgert@o...>
      > I'm wondering if anyone uses Sumi painting paper for
      > Thanks! Geri
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