Re: [Marbling] Paper requirements for different forms of marbling
- True Jake, but I have tried acrylics on these failed papers too and they didn't survive either. They fared a little better, not much. If I could use acrylics to get that quaint pre-1860s look, I would, right away. It just doesn't look right. I have experimented too, way too many times, with mixing the watercolor with acrylic and it's not so great. I also made the watercolor as is. leaving out the normal binder gum, and subbing acrylic base. These paints work, but it's just not the look I want. Somehow though the color may be right, it's missing something very subtle. They also failed on the bad paper....which I am not happy to say I have a massive collection of now! I am thinking to donate it for a tax write off somewhere soon, for plain endsheets or art paper. It's irritating, plus I am vowing that I will stockpile lots of paper when I find a new one that works. Samples coming from various places now. So need lots of space.
I plan when I come up for air to try to use ink jet coating in place of alum to see if it works on the bad paper. It's VERY pricey, but I am thinking maybe it can be diluted and sponged on like alum, to lessen the cost. How little can one get away with is the point, since a pint is about $25.00 thus far in my searchings. Ink jet paper of decent quality needs not alum. So you folks who marble for fun (OK, it's work for me, but also fun a lot of the time, just not NOW, LOL!) you can get it at Staples in 11 X 14 and you need no alum. Online you can find it up to 18 X 24 but it is THIN, I wonder if a large sheet wouldn't tear when wet. When I teach now, either kids or a beginner class, I intend to use these papers. If one isn't planning on being a serious marbler, and just likes to do it a few times a year for fun, these papers work great.
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Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:03 AM
Subject: [Marbling] Paper requirements for different forms of marbling
Just to note to avoid comparing "apples to oranges" when it comes to the discussion of paper requirements. Iris is making watercolor marbled papers, whereas Peggy is making, I believe, papers using acrylic colors, as is Galen Berry. The paper requirements for the two methods of marbling are not the same.
Watercolor marbling is the form that is older and it is used to reproduce historic patterns, which is what Iris makes. The paper for watercolor marbling must not be coated or buffered or loaded with PCC (precipitated calcium carbonate) fillers. Acrylic marbling is altogether different creature. It is very contemporary, resulting in a different range of styles than watercolors. Acrylics can be easily applied to a wider range of papers, so it is a much more forgiving process. Although these can be lovely, they are often very vivid and simply look very different from the papers used for the restoration of books and antiques. That is why some marblers catering to bookbinders, or binders who marble for themselves, prefer to employ the watercolor method.
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