Thanks for all of your suggestions! I have been stuck on this
computer reading a lot of posts. I want to introduce myself. I am an
artist, and have been drawing and painting on paper and canvas, also
airbrushed on T-shirts for about three years. I learned about
marbling in 1993. I thought that it was the most beautiful art that I
had ever seen. I couldn't figure out how it was done. I bought a book
called Marbling by Carol Taylor. In 1994, I bought a 25 lb bag of
methyl-cel, acrylic paints, and T-shirts from Dharma, had my husband
build a tray (5'X4'X3"), and followed the directions to a "T"...
Talk about disappointment! I read everything at least five times, and
followed the directions. I even called Dharma and discussed marbling
with the person on the phone. Anyhow, the results I got looked
nothing like what I saw in the books I had bought. I became
frustrated and put everything away in my basement. I recently became
interested again and got everything out to try it again. The results
are the same...disappointing. I soak T-shirts in alum for 20 - 30
minutes. I dry them in the dryer. I use 1/4 cup alum to 1 gallon
water and 3 Tbls. Methyl Cel + 1 tsp. ammonia to each gallon water.
The paint (Jaquard Super Opaque Marbling Colors) turns to little
boogers and promptly sinks to the bottom of the size. I have thinned
the paint (1 tsp paint to 1 tsp water, adding 1 tsp of water and
testing until I had a whole CUP) and it STILL sinks!!! I made the
size thicker, and made it thinner. NOTHING I have tried works! I have
bought and read all of the books that were suggested to me. That's
why I posted my urgent cry for help.
> Check out the extensive archives from previous inquiries. It is
full of good info.
*I'm in the process of doing this.*
> Also, on-line registration for the International Marblers'
Gathering 2002 begins Feb. 21.
*I can't go. I live too far, and don't have the money to go. If
anyone knows of a marbling workshop closer to PA, let me know.*
> Are using watercolor, acrylic or oils.
*I have never tried watercolors. I have tried acrylic (DEKA, Jaquard,
Createx,) and oil paints (This does NOT work on fabric!!!).*
>What are you using as a thickener for the bath/size?
> Are you printing on paper or fabric?
*I never tried paper. I am wasting a lot of money on T-shirts that
turn out to be very colorful looking rags!!!*
I recently bought some silk scarves from Dharma...I hope you all can
> --- enigmaticmatrix <Weshabak@a...> wrote:
> > I just joined this group, I didn't know anyone else
> > in the world knew
> > about marbling!!! I have been TRYING
> > (unsuccessfully) to marble
> > since 1994!!! I noticed that there have been no
> > posts since 2-15.
> > Are you guys still here? I have a gazillion
> > questions! Write back!
> > Donna
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