- Another question to ponder: Where does one dispose of the materials after
use? Certainly not down the drain or into the soil. Our refuse collectors
do not pick up this type of contaminant and we only have one day per year to
bring these materials to a special area. (Fumes have already been
addressed.) It is not worth the messy effort and marbling results are less
than desirable if one is looking for the beauty of crisp, sharp patterns.
The only person that I know of who has achieved INCREDIBLE results is master
book artist Tini Miura of Tokyo (however, I believe she can also WALK on
water!). Tini calls her marbling "oleographs", and wowed all of us during
her slide lecture at the Arrowmont conference last September.
- Isn't the oil essentially "removed" from the size and onto the paper or
newspaper cleaning strips? I do not oil marble but do dispose of soiled
sized right down my drain. The watercolors have alcohol, pigments,
sometimes a bit of olive oil or turpentine for certain patterns. There
really is hardly any contaminant left in what goes down the drain, or at
times, have tossed it out on the ground. I do have my own septic system, if
that makes a difference...in towns or cities I don't know where it ends up,
but every marbler I know does the drain dumping or ground dumping, whether
oil or watercolor or acrylic.
Maybe I am politically incorrect , but as I recall a while back Don Guyot
proved that cadmiums (the only material I would have questioned) remain
inert once they are in paint/pigment form and do not contaminate the
environment. Maybe some of you remember this?
Maybe if marbling were more of a major industry, with massive river
dumping, maybe that would be a problem, but at the level we're at, does it
matter, or does it actually destroy anything? I am certainly not for
pollution, but think artists of all kinds for centuries have been using
these materials, dumped them in drains on the ground or worse, and it seems
to not have hurt things.
Are there actual regulations about disposing of oil paint residue in some
places? Just curious. I would stop disposing if I thought it caused some
harm. Provocotive topic!