Re: [Marbling] (Marbling) Re: Paper
- Hi Iris!
I think your comment "not sure if this is true on EVERY paper" is quite
relevant because I believe different papers are more heavily buffered than
others, while others have a tendency to be naturally more acid. However,
on difficult papers, being damp or dry makes little difference - an uneven
acceptance of the colour results.
It is an interesting thought that perhaps the alum re-crystallizes on the
surface. Mostly my sheets are pretty much dry when I marble them - rarely
damp, except in the situation under discussion.
You can obtain paper swatches from paper houses. The major drawback is
having to buy it in large quantities. An A4 sheet is about all you can get
as a sample. Group buying would be the answer, but then not everyone wants
the same paper! I have often wished that paper was not so heavy, or
shipping charges so high. One other problem I have found is that if you do
happen on a suitable paper, before you know it, the supplier removes it
from the range. There are not enough marblers for them to be interested
in providing a good service.
It simply requires perseverance.