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gum tragacanth

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  • Marie Palowoda
    there are alot of excellent, turkish marblers who might take offense at the inference that the size they use makes them amateurs and their marbling inferior to
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 28, 2000
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      there are alot of excellent, turkish marblers who might take offense at the inference that the size they use makes them amateurs and their marbling inferior to western marbling. turkish marbling today is indeed different but in no way inferior.  while gum tragacanth would not be the best size for the intricate western combed patterns, it does have its uses and advantages.  i have seen beautiful and unusual marblings done with gum tragacanth.  it all depends on what kind of style you are after and what system you choose  to use. as in every other system, all materials used must be compatable. 
      any how jill:  to find gum tragacanth powder try a health food supplier.  i just bought a pound of it from an herb coop i belong to.(it's a bit amusing, i joined this coop years ago as a source to purchase carrageenan. shortly afterwards they stopped supplying it but i found lots of other non-marbling things i needed.  now here i am buying marbling supplies again.)  it was't any less expensive than carrageenan but  at $25 a pound it sure was alot less than sinopia's price.  you need maybe a tablespoon or two for a gallon of water. the turks use very finely ground earth pigments with tragacanth. grinding the pigment is part of the spiritual aspect of turkish marbling.
      best wishes,
      marie
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