rinsing and finishing
- Hi all. I've been musing about two differences between the marbling
process shown in the Diderot encyc. pictures and what today's books say to
One thing is rinsing. The folks in the Diderot shop were letting the size
drain off the paper rather than rinsing it off. Every book I've read shows
rinsing the paper under running water. Anyone know howcum?
The other thing is "waxing and burnishing". The Diderot workers had
special equipment for finishing the surface of the papers. Given the
amount of space and effort devoted to it, it must have been important then.
What's different now that makes it not important? Howto books don't mention
anything much after the drying, except sometimes ironing the paper flat if
it isn't already. Is there anything else?
- Rinsing.....I don't rinse my papers either. I was intrigued by the old
books never mentioning rinsing, and set out to fine tune my paints to the
point where they didn't need it.........but the key is to not use too much
excess paint. If you get the feel for what just enough paint is, at least
with my paints, I just hang them up to dry.
For polishing....run a bar of parafin across the paper...not really enought
to coat it (or it will leave a film). This is just enough to enable the
burnisher to glide. Take a thin slice of agate with a polished edge (a rock
and mineral shop can make one to fit your palm with a flat bottom edge
about 3-4" X 2" or so) and rub it all ove the paper hard. It will mat down
the fibers and bring out a nice polish.....very hard work though....