Re: [Marbling] size question
- I have seen gum tragacanth used here once in Ottawa---by a marbler visiting
from Turkey---I did not have an opportunity to ask as many questions as I
wanted and could kick myself for that! Anyway---Where in North America do
you even start looking for large quantities of gum tragacanth????????
Also--I noted he was Not using acrylics--I am certain these were ground
pigments he had--obviously brought with him from overseas. I haven't a clue
how to duplicate this part.
What I really enjoyed was the maximum control he could get in drawing in
the size. It was simple and clever at the same time--very attractive.
From: "irisnevins" <irisnevins@...>
> improvement at the turn of last century was Josef Halfer's discovery ofthe
> proper way to use carrageenan(by cooking it....though now we have the
> blender variety). It was an improvement over the sometimes grainy look of
> the old papers (they generally used gum tragacanth).
- Traditionally, The Turkish use ground pigments. Jake Benson has the most
expertise in these techniques I have seen in the US. Maybe he knows.
Personally.....I love the carrageenan, as imperfect as it can be sometimes!
You will also find great control with it and water based paints once you
get used to it. I just don't worry about its short shelf life once it is in
solution. I make as much as I need in a day and toss the remainder. Plus
size gets dirty with pigment as you work on it (which does not affect its
effectiveness), and I always like to start a new marbling day out fresh
with clean size. And since I started marbling in the days when marblers
still boiled and strained the entire weed numerous times over and it was
always a little different, it seems so quick and easy now just tossing
powder into a blender with hot water. What can I say...I love it! Gives
great results with little effort. Expensive.....yes.....but it does go a
long way per pound.