- Recently there was some discussion of various ways to finish or polish
marbled paper to protect the surface or give it a sheen. (Thanks Jake
Benson, Iris Nevins.)
I'm not doing book endpapers though -- I'm marbling some papers for making
origami cranes. I'm wondering about treatments to "crisp" the paper
Last summer I was using ProChem marbing colors on carageenan size with
Loew-Cornell rice paper. Those papers made some pretty nice origami.
Even a piece of tissue paper that I did that way held up beautifully as a
Now I'm trying the same paper with Boku Undo inks on water. The surface is
much softer and doesn't fold sharply. I'm wondering whether a final pass
with a brush or onto a tray of carageenan would impart a different surface
to the paper.
Anyone have any experience in this area?
I'm glad you're enjoying the Boku Undo colors. Another way to protect the
finish of marbled papers and keep them from rubbing or chalking is to spray
them with a fixitive like Krylon or Blair workable matte fixative. The
product is used by pastel and watercolor artists to protect artwork from
smudging. I can't vouch for its being archival and it is noxious and should
be used with a mask or outdoors. But it does dry clear and protects work
nicely. It may also give your rice paper a better finish for origami folding.
I can spray a piece of the paper and send you a sample if you want to try it.