Best water soluable paints/inks for marbling paper
- Thank you, all, for your great input on the marbling paints. I am
anxious to try again using the right ingredients!
Diane: Yes, I did read most of the instructions, but had not seen
your advice about using marbling paints on page 60 until after I
experimented with other watercolors that I had on hand first. I
wanted to use what I had on hand (the various watercolors, the
methocel, the alum) before I went out and bought specialty marbling
paints, as it appeared to me that experienced marblers did use paints
other than the specialty marbling paints. Thus, my question.
Also, I did note that you had mentioned not using gouaches for
beginners, and about using certain colors of Windsor-Newton that might
work the best. Since these were what I had, I tried them and others
anyway and was curious to see what experienced marblers would say
about their own experience with other than marbling specialty paints.
Iris: Thanks for letting me know about not mixing paints, and for
confirming what Diane's book says about gouaches. Actually, I did not
mix any of the paints. I am aware that different brands and even
different pigments within brands can have different properties,
including metallic powders. When I used the Cotman WN colors for
example, I just used those the first try, and I didn't even mix any of
their colors with each other. However, I jumped my own gun by adding
the metallic powders in some of the colors right off. Then I went on
to try the Reeves gouaches, then their watercolors, etc.
And also on the papers: Thank you for letting me know about certain
papers that you have found are successful for watercolor marbling.
Diane's book does mention also about several that she suggests. I
went to a local art store and got various papers before reading about
these in the book. So I figured I would experiment with cheaper ones
I had on hand first, and made sure I used the alum on each one. So,
that explains at least part of my frustration!
Nelle: In Diane's book, she mentioned about using carageenan but that
methocel could be used. It seemed that carageenan was her preferred
size. Since I had the methocel I decided to try it. Indeed, several
of the pigments sank to the bottom regardless of whether I thinned
them a little more and added a bit more of the oxgall.
So what you all have said can be summed up well: just use the tried
and true firstI wasn't sure how tricky marbling could be for a first
attempt. I can obtain the marbling paints at a local store. I guess
every good apprentice has to start out by making a fair amount of
Thanks again, and I'm so glad there is a forum on marbling such as