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Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 3:43 PM
> I'm new. Started marbling in early 1970s. While in Library School at
> UT-Austin, I started admiring marbles. I found a day-long class at
> Laguna Gloria Art Museum taught by a fellow whom I think was there to
> collect his money, schmuze with the art crowd, and leave. It was a
> pleasant class. Under his concert we made several patterns and
> listened to whatever he said. But the next day at home I realized he'd
> said nothing useful about how to get materials and equipment, make
> size, select paper, adjust the colors. So I set out upon marbling.
> Eventually I got some instructions and moss from TALAS. I still have
> some brown sacks with old moss in them. One day I ought to boil 'em
> up and see if the soup still works. Shortly later I taught my new son
> his colors by marbling.
> I usually make acrylics, but have dabbled in suminagashi. I'll trying
> watercolors next.
> I've never tried to go professional. I just make a few pretties (and
> a few uglies too) occasionally. I did start a bibliography to
> accompany classes; in those days good information was hard to find.
> The list was limited to books with English language instruction or
> information. It really ballooned in the 1990s.
> When I started buying the moss dust in the art shops I really felt
> guilty. Maybe my favorite set of colors occurred one hot summer here
> in Houston in the garage when I unintentionally used together the
> sherbert colors orange, lime, and lemon. It cools me and flavors my
> tongue just to think of them.
> I'm a native East Texan and a librarian at Houston Public Library.