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RE: [Marbling] Some doubts of a novice

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  • Howard, Will - HPL
    Rafael, Acrylics is a good stable medium to begin your learning. I started marbling with acrylics 30 years ago. I used regular, plain water then at my home in
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      Acrylics is a good stable medium to begin your learning.

      I started marbling with acrylics 30 years ago. I used regular, plain water
      then at my home in Austin and also now at my home here in Houston. I do not
      need distilled or other special water, to dilute the acrylic colors.
      However, water in different places can be very different. You may find that
      you need distilled water.

      Different colors and different brand names can determine the ratio of color
      to water. I currently use Golden but you have Liquitex so try it, but
      others may differ. sometimes the water may affect the color. Buy small
      amounts at first. (For colors that do not work, do not think of them as
      wasted, instead think of them as a push for you to being a career as a
      famous acrylics artist. You should see my walls; maybe you should not see
      my walls.)

      It is simple and easy to experiment in order to learn what your
      circumstances need to make a "good" solution of color/water. I no longer
      measure to achieve a ratio; I just start mixing. However, you may choose to
      just add a measured amount (maybe a quarter cup; a 1/4 cup holds 4
      tablespoons or 12 teaspoons) of color to a container and then add 1 or 2
      tablespoons of water, stir, allow it to rest a few minutes, and sprinkle
      onto the size until it spreads to a desireable intensity on the size. If
      the color is too thin, add a little color to thicken. You may have troubles
      with bubbles or undiluted granules, but to begin "just add water."

      If you started with a quarter cup (4 tablespoons) of color and if you added
      1 tablespoon of water your ratio is 4:1 or 2 tablespoons would make 2:1 .
      (If you need the information there are 12 teaspoons to a 1/4 cup.)

      What would be the equivalent Spanish measurements? Are your "cups" the same
      as ours? What about your your "spoon" measures? (Do you cook, do you cook
      according to recipes, do you strictly follow recipes?)

      If regular, plain water works for you, after a few sessions of apparent
      success, get some distilled water, use it instead, then compare and contrast
      the results. If you do, however, remember to use the same color and same
      brand name, so that you do not change two variables at the same time.

      Special fluids may be used to get special effects - alcohol, olive oil, ox
      gall, and others. But this is separate from the basic color/water solution.
      It is sometimes added directly to the color before sprinkling and sometimes
      directly to the colorful pattern while it rests on top of the size bath.
      But don't complicate your learning right now with those, "just add water,
      stir, sprinkle."

      As you apply the sprinkles, do not make too hasty a judgment as to whether
      it is the proper ratio. Remember that as you apply more layers of color
      (2,3, maybe 4 in all), each color will tend to intensify because of the
      pressure of the added color on the water's surface. It's sort of like tears
      or a spray of laughter oozing or suddenly bursting out, depending on the
      emotional pressure attending.

      As you begin your learning, write a few notes to yourself, maybe a diary. I
      used a book of blank pages. It will help you to understand yourself and to
      discuss your procedural problems with others. In a way we all have varied
      languages on how we describe what we use as well as when and how we do

      Gotta go.

      Until later, we wave to the Spaniard, buena suerte.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: rajugar [mailto:rajugar@...]
      Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 9:25 AM
      To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Marbling] Some doubts of a novice

      Hello friends!

      I am one of the newer members of this community, just arrived. I read
      with interest your messages, the spirit to learn some of the
      techniques of marbling.

      Now I am learning applying acrylic colors. I have bought some of the
      Liquitex mark, colors for artists "extra - fine", they seem to you
      appropriate?. It can work if I mix them in an equal proportion with
      distilled water?. Is necessary also the use of some medium?. The
      acrylic color with oxgall is compatible (hiel of ox)?.

      I would like to also contribute something to your group, but at the
      moment I am learning of the "greater ones".

      Sincerely, from Madrid in Spain.


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