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  • Dolores Guffey
    Iris, One source of Kraft paper is to go to a framing store and ask to purchase a few feet off of their roll. They usually have good quality Kraft paper as
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      One source of Kraft paper is to go to a framing store and ask to purchase a few feet off of their roll. They usually have good quality Kraft paper as they use it to back picture frames as well as wrap finished work. This would be a good way to experiment with the Kraft paper without a big investment. I even found one roll that was acid free, when I tested it with a pH pen.

      In 1984 I had the privilege of visiting Sydney Cockerell in his studio outside of Cambridge, England. I purchased a sample booklet of his patterns, and at least half of them were on Kraft paper. I also purchased a set of his marbling inks (water based) and I still have them (along with his hand-written receipt). One reason I love to marble on Kraft paper is because of the neutral colors I enjoy marbling with: blacks, browns, sienna, rust, all seem to "pop" when marbled on the brown background of the Kraft paper. Mr. Cockerell passed away in 1987 (age 81). The Cockerell bindery, contents, and all remaining papers were sold at auction in 1990. I often wonder who purchased it.

      Although all of the papers were "handmade" by his assistants, they did have a little mechanical help. I watched as one of them applied the color all at once with a rake-like instrument which was dipped in a trough, and then barely touched to the surface of the size putting down perfect circles of color. That was repeated again with a different color, placing the dots of new color on top of the previous color. After 3 or 4 colors were applied a rake was drawn across the tank on a rail, so all the lines were perfectly straight. The rail had two slots so when the rake returned it off-set the first draw. I can't recall all of the other steps, but I think at this point the marbler performed all the other passes/combing free-hand, depending on the pattern he was making.

      I remember asking Mr. Cockerell where I could purchase rakes and combs like the ones in his studio (I was still new to marbling, my ignorance apparent) and he replied "my dear, marblers make their own, there are no commercial ones." And to this day, I make all of my rakes and combs!

      Dolores Guffey

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: irisnevins
      To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:05 AM
      Subject: Re: [Marbling] Best

      Oh Dolores... You make me recall the "bad old days"! As if marbling isn't tough enough now, back then you really had to fly on your own and most things never worked! I remember making my own gall and the butcher looking at me like I was practicing some witchcraft with it.

      Whether you need alum with acrylics depends on the paper used to some degree. Definitely needed for fabrics, and I could get away with my own acrylics on the paper I used, without alum. Each formulation will be different. In marbling rules don't always work!

      Do you have a good source for bulk amounts of kraft paper?

      Iris Nevins

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Dolores Guffey<mailto:dguff@...>
      To: Marbling@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Marbling@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 11:48 AM
      Subject: Re: [Marbling] Best


      I've been marbling since 1976 and can add some comments as well. Back then there were no "how-to" books, one learned from fellow marblers and many of them were not willing to share their secrets. The only books I could find had been printed in the late 1800's with such helpful advice as to ask your friendly butcher to save the gall bladder of a freshly slaughtered steer so you could make your own gall. We've come a long way from then! Thirty years ago I had to make my size by boiling and straining the dried seaweed (carreghean) and now the power blender version available.

      I only use acrylic paints (thinned with distilled water) both "Liquitex" and "Utrch" which work very well on carreghean. But I must issue a disclaimer.not all colors will work. It seems that every year or so the manufacturer changes the formula by reducing the pigment and/or adding ingredients. The perfect ultramarine blue which worked one time, won't work the next. I'm sorry to say, there is no way to know ahead of time what works, so it is not always your fault.

      For paper, I like brown Kraft paper, which is what Sydney Cockerell used quite a bit for his papers. It is inexpensive, and good to practice on until you find out what works best for you. I do alum my papers, even though I'm using acrylics (some say that isn't necessary with acrylics, but this is what works for me). Canson's Mi-teintes marbles very well, but it is pricey to practice on.

      Best of luck to you, there is so much more help now than when I started.

      Dolores Guffey

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