Re: methyl cel/carag supplies
- Oh rats, I left some things out! Here, let me add to this.
> Hi Linda, I have been marbling on fabric for about a year. I use
> methyl cel from Pro Chemical. It works very well for me. I havetried
> carrageenan, & frankly I'm very happy with the methyl cel. I canare
> study my designs with a magnifying glass & the line detail is
> excellent as long as my paint mix formula is good. If your lines
> breaking & giving you poor detail, look to your paint mix formulawait 30 minutes,
> (I'm using acrylics on fabric).
> I use 1/4 cup methyl cel to 1 gallon water, stir with a large whisk
> for 5 minutes, then add 4 teaspoons of ammonia, stir for 5 minutes
> with the whisk,
then add 4 teaspoons of 5% white vinegar, stir it in
> for a minute.Let mix rest for at least an hour, overnight is better.
Beware of old ammonia; evidently it loses its punch and
> the resulting size won't thicken correctly. Don't skimp on thecould
> stirring time; if the methy cel sinks to the bottom, you'll have a
> gelled mass on the bottom. My water is really hard (alkaline) and
> seems to make great size. If your water is on the acid side, it
> be causing problems. I'm in Texas so the weather here is very hot a70%
> lot of the time. If I can get my studio down to 75 degrees with a
> humidity I'm doing good. My methyl cel size holds up for a week to10
> days for me. After that, it gets on the thin side & I make up fresh.
> Susa Glenn