Looking for professional marbling artists
My name is Cor Knops (book- and paperrestorer) and I'm looking
for people who are capable of making marbled papers using
historical examples. Colors and design should resemble the old
papers as much as possible, as well as the paper which is marbled
on (handmade with verg�).
I know it is a very difficult job to do but still....... If you are
interested please have a look at a special webpage I created to
show you what I mean. 15 clippings of old papers are scanned to
give you an impression of the range of colors I mean.
Also if you should know somebody who can (if you can't do it
yourself) I would be very happy to hear from you.
Conservation & Restoration of Books and Paper
6151 CS Munstergeleen Netherlands
phone +31 (0)46 4200024
fax +31 (0)46 4110180
- Hi Cor.....
I have gone to your web site and hoped there was an option to e-mail you
privately, but it only sent on the form. I had wanted to discuss further
the limitations on reproducing early papers. The main one is that they will
look fresh and new. Sometimes the colorations will be a bit different as
well. You can read a little about it at my web-page which is linked at the
marbling list. If you wish you can e-mail for my catalog and jpeg samples
My main work is doing the old looking papers, and can do all of the
patterns, though I have had trouble getting the brown spot patterns as dark
as your examples. The Spanish ones are generally no problem, the early
combed ones, the pale blues, red/pinks, on white laid paper are possible,
but they tend to have more of a pastel look when brand new. Some binders
run them through a tea or coffee tank to "age" them.
Where possible I make my paints with pigments used hundreds of years ago,
but some pigments were either mined out or are considered too dangerous
nowadays. You can mix close colors from other pigments, but they may not
react chemically as the old ones did. The common Victorian papers with lots
of red.....we can make the same shade of red but it doesn't act the same,
so it's sometimes hard to get the dense overall coverage. Marbling is not
so much an art as it is a chemical process sometimes! One must spend many
years learning the chemical and physical properties of each pigment, and
how they react towards each other. For that reason...there is no simple
marbling paint "formula". Each pigment is treated differently always having
to keep in mind how it will react to another one. And unfortunately most
pigments are not "marbling friendly". So we are stuck with a small handful
of those that work well with the process, and mix other colors from these
as best we can. It is definitely not the fun part of marbling.
I use a slightly off white paper that has a slight linen finish to it....to
mimic the effects of oxidation for several hundred years. This helps them
to look a little older. Or I may use a white laid stock on some of the
above described early combed (Dutch, they often called them) papers.
If you want further information, contact me, and I can always send some
jpeg examples of what I have in stock that reproduces many early papers. My
focus tends to be the papers prior to 1860, when marbling machines came
into use. They seemed to have killed off that beautiful early look.
- This is certainly a tall order I would think. They are certainly
handsome papers. I'd be interested in the list members voicing their
opinions on just how you would go about this and if anyone will take on this
job. I even have to ask--what type of contract would you be setting up with
Out of curiousity--WHAT type of paper is holding those beautiful colours
>From: "Cor Knops" <knops@...>
>My name is Cor Knops (book- and paperrestorer) and I'm looking
>for people who are capable of making marbled papers using