- I have only done a lot marbling on fabric in the last year (probably have
marbled 150 yards of fabric or 600 18 inch x 22 inch pieces). I have tried
about all the different varieties of paint and definitely prefer the Golden
Fluid Acrylics although they are expensive. I am not crazy about the
ProChem paints made for marbling. However, I do take their pigments (which
are super cheap) and mix them with the Goldens to get different colors. I
will also mix them with the Golden Titanium White as well and they work as
well as the Goldens by themselves. I also have used the Createx Airbrush
paints successfully (even the metallics). I generally mix all my own colors
so only buy cyan, magenta, yellow, golden yellow, several of the blues,
burnt sienna, burnt umber, black and white. I also always add about equal
parts of water to all the paints that I am using (ie 1 ml of water to 1 ml
of paint) and sometimes even more. Lately I have found that I like the
GAC900 (also a Golden product) as a surfactant! It is supposed to be used
to help keep a soft hand to fabric when using the fluid acrylics but I found
it to be a good controllable surfactant as well. It doesn't contaminate the
size as fast as the dish soap or Synthrapol that I have used in the past. I
also use currently methocellulose as my size although I will be trying
carageenan one of these days. I have found I prefer the non-opaque paints
(transparent) as well -- better color and better mixing. I do use opaques
when working on colored fabric though (I do a lot of marbling on fabric that
I have also dyed using fiber reactive dyes).
I also use the Golden acrylics when doing Suminigashi and have been very
pleased with that as well. No need for special inks.
I know there are a few of us who work with fabric. I think fabric is more
forgiving than paper once you get the hang of getting it on the size
smoothly. My family finally threatened an intervention if I didn't get out
of the basement and away from my marbling tray!
If you go to my blog below and do a search on marbling, you will see some of
what I have done.
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