3667Re: [Marbling] mixing paints
- Jun 9, 2006FIrst of all, soft water is good. Water softened water from a water softener may make the colors weak and fuzzy looking, but they still usually float.
Your best best is to use paints made specifically for marbling, you can get these from me or Colophon Book Arts Supply or a few other suppliers.
You need to make the size right, approx. 1 tbs. blended in one quart of water....I favor hottest tap water, others like cold and/or distilled water. Add another quart of water, hot or cold and let it sit at least 12 hours before use. I have always adapted to my tap water and only use distilled for making paints. I think you can pretty much make any straight tap water work, but no water softeners.
You need a dispersant in most cases, ox-gall for watercolor, and something like diluter Photo-flo for acrylics. Ox gall doesn't work with acrylics in most cases. You need the strength of ox gall if you use it that is good for marbling, not the stuff in art stores. Marbling suppliers sell that also.
Paper is critical too, most American made papers do not hold the colors any longer due to excessive calcium carbonate in the pulp. If you need to buy papers from art stores, Canson generally works well. I use Natur Text and Ingres, made by Hahnemuelle in Germany.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2006 10:31 PM
Subject: [Marbling] mixing paints
Hello fellow marblers,
congratulations on the wonderful examples of your work I've seen
I've had very little success with a half dozen or so attempts at
marbling...mostly the paints seems to mix too much with each other,
the size seems to stick to my paper and the results mostly get
washed off when I rinse off the size. I have been using water based
acrylic paints on a carrageenan size and have been treating the
paper with alum before laying it down. I have heard that soft water
can affect the process, and I wonder if that's what's making my
paints so hard to keep seperate. I'm confused because I know they
are supposed to be thin enough to spread out on the surface, but I
feel like if they're too think they don't leave a very bold
impression on the paper.
I just do this for fun, so although I have considered buying some
paints specially mixed for marbling I'm worried that if it's
something else in the process that's hindering my ability to make
clear prints I will only be frustrated by the expenditure.
Any ideas on how to accurately measure paints for mixing? The only
thing I could think of is a small fairly accurate scale.
Is it normal to find it this difficult to get decnt results?
Any help would be much appreciated.
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