[Marbling] Methyl Cel vs Carragheenan
- Right on Milena.......No one likes burlap underwear! I never heard the
difference between carrageenan and methyl cel put into such precisely
accurate terms! I laughed for ten minutes.
You get a so much finer end result with the carrageenan, and yes it spoils
after a few days, but I only mix up as much as I need per day. A pound of
the carrageenan is not gone through very quickly for most marblers. I can
marble at least 400-500 standard size sheets to the pound, possibly more,
never really counted, but I know if I do several hundred+, per week it
takes me at least two weeks to go through a pound, and then with some left
over. If you do the math it's not that expensive per sheet, and well worth
the extra expense results-wise.
Better to save money by not buying papers from art stores like rice papers
or expensive art papers. You can get Classic Laid or Classic Linen and many
other great papers in 70lb.text weight from your local paper suppliers that
sell to printers. You have to take a carton of 1000 sheets generally, but
it is really inexpensive per sheet. If you buy in bulk it gets even
cheaper....it may work out to 25cenys per sheet. It is great for marbling
and is acid free. I have been using these for over 23 years now. They work
better than the fancy pricey stuff for me and look better anyway because of
the tight weave.