Re: How many gallons
- It's normal for a lot of paint to be on the bottom after you have
marbled quite a bit, at least in my experience using acrylics.
Apparently oils don't leave as much residue, but most people don't
use them as much now. If I could figure out how to not have any
paint sink to the bottom, it would save me a lot of money, since
that's where most of the waste comes from. When you clean the
surface, it will push paint to the bottom also, so it's not just from
I've gotten better at mixing mine and usually test them in the corner
of the tray first, if they sink, then I either re-mix them or use a
different color, but after doing several scarves, I still end up with
"gunk" on the bottom. Also, I tried straining the gel different ways,
but haven't come up with anything successful to salvage it after it's
really dirty, because the paint particles are so fine, especially
airbrush colors, which work really well, by the way.
You didn't mention it, but with dharmas methocel, after you mix the
2 tbsp to a gallon of water - I use a whisk - or you could use a
submersible blender - you let it set for a few minutes, then you add a
teaspoon or so of clear NON SUDSY ammonia which helps the
cells, molucules (can't think of the correct word here) to swell, which
will make it instantly thicken, then I add a teaspoon of so of plain
white vinegar to correct the ph. I mix it up in 2 gallon jars, then add
it to the tank as needed. Other people mix it in 5 gallon buckets and
use a paddle attachment on an electric drill to mix it.
If you haven't see it, here is a link from Dharma from their how to
about basic marbling:
here is where it says to add the ammonia:
Other brands do not need the ammonia, but the methocel does.
I started out using distilled water, then as Iris Nevins has talked
about, tried different things and now I just use my city water. I
checked the ph of the distilled water and the city water and they
were the same. I know distilled water has other resons for using it,
but it hasn't seem to make a difference. I also used a PUR water
filter on my sink tap.
Maybe someone else will have some other suggestions.