- Dear Tom, Last August you mentioned that you were trying your Indian
handmade papers again, and that you would let me know the results.
How did you get on? from Joan Ajalah--- In Marbling@y...,
> Dear Joan, This is getting interesting. Now i remember having asimilar
> problem years ago when i used the Indian handmades. I think i mustnot be
> nearly as persistent as you. I just put them aside and avoidedthem, thinking
> the problem was with the me. Too bad, because they are such a goodbuy.
> Anyway, i'm going to be doing some marbling today and will givethem a try.
> I have some thoughts about what the problem might be though. First,
> curious about why you submerge the paper in the first place. Isthat to get
> the bubbles out? When I alum i use a spray bottle and a sponge.Maybe 2 or
> even 3 applications of alum, sponged in well would work (?). Ithink a long
> soak in water (water being the universal solvent) might be worth atry. Like
> at least overnight, as if you were soaking it for etching, and aslong as a
> couple of days, with a rinse once in while thrown in for goodmeasure. The
> Indian papers i've used for printmaking are tough as can be, andyou could
> probably hit them with a fire hose and they would stay in one piece.flat before
> Anyway, after thoroughly soaking them you would want to dry them
> aluming and marbling. And then try to marble with them while stilldamp and
> limp from the aluming. Once they have dried out you would probablyhave to
> really wrestle with them.sizing. It
> My guess as to the source of the problem is that it comes from the
> is probably applied to the various papers you mentioned indifferent ways,
> but if it is a surface sizing it could easily have trapped air inthe fibers.
> Less likely would be bleach or caustic soda, because they wouldhave been
> diluted and evenly distributed throughout the sheet. If thechemical used as
> internal sizing is applied directly to the sheet, as a surfacesize, it
> would be extremely tough and probably spotty.ever
> This does bring to mind the wonderful and no doubt funniest book
> written about marbling - Henry Morris' "The World's Worst MarbledPapers." It
> used Indian handmade papers, marbled with the worst collection ofbubbles,
> spots, dust and other flaws imaginable. It never occured to methat some of
> the flaws could be attributed to the paper, but i'll bet that isthe case.
> Anyway, that's all for now. I'll let you know what happens with my
> today. tom