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  • I've been getting ready for a show and haven't been online for a few days. Glad you went ahead and started experimenting with the tea tree oil and water solution. Like other surfactants you can make it stronger or weaker according to need. When I start experimenting I start with a 1/4 cup of water, add a drop, test, drop and test until I get the spread I want. I usually keep a...
    Laura Sims Nov 3, 2013
  • You can try thinned carrageenan. It should work. As Sue responded if you are going to do more authentic suminagashi you can use sumi calligraphy ink on plain water with sumi brushes. Other surfactants that will work are tea tree oil in water and a pine resin surfactant that Colophon Book Arts might still sell. The rice (general term) or kozo paper doesn't need alum. Once you lay...
    Laura Sims Oct 29, 2013
  • Karen, When I teach I sometimes share a method I call sudo-sumi since I'm acrylics. I add some methyl cellulose to plain water to give the water a little "body" then using a dropper or sumi brush alternate Golden (1part paint, 1 part GAC 800 if on paper and 1 to 2 parts water) with Flow Release (15 to 30 drops per cup of water). Print on calligrapher's rice paper, mulberry paper or...
    Laura Sims Oct 29, 2013
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  • George. Ask them about Kath Thomas. She is N American and now has anew studio in Florence. She will be hosting some great marbling workshops in April 2014. Have a greAt trip! Laura Indigo Stone Studio Sent from my iPhone On Oct 22, 2013, at 4:59 PM, George Reynolds < georger1998@^$1 > wrote: I just happen to be in Florence Italy and visited two shops which anyone interested in...
    indigostone2@... Oct 22, 2013
  • George, You are right, working color on color is fantastic and full of surprises... a hands on color theory class. You may also like Golden's Titan Buff and ochre from their inorganic pigments. The Titan is an off white that has a softer look and is also good for adding to other paints to make them more opaque. If you are not using Iridescent Fine metallics they show up nicely on...
    Laura Sims Oct 14, 2013
  • Acid dyes are another possibility from Dharma and Pro Chemical and Dye in MA. Also, natural dye extracts create beautiful colors though you'll want to mindful of light-fastness in your choices. But they are non-petroleum based and easy on your water system. Just don't use chrome or tin as suggested in primarily older natural dye books. A good source is Tablerock Llama in Colorado...
    Laura Sims Oct 11, 2013
  • Dear Jude, I must admit that I generally prefer a little heavier weight silk with good drape so the image only prints on one side. You may want to consider learning to dye your own backgrounds, working on jacquard silks and/or marbling front and back. If you do the later be sure to include on your care tag to use an ironing cloth to protect the printed silk from the iron face. As...
    Laura Sims Oct 8, 2013
  • I work in a tank/tray that is 3 ft. x 8 ft. using methyl cellulose and Golden Fluid Acrylics. The surface tension is different in a larger tank. You may find it helpful to lay your paint in lines for the first pass. The next 3-4 passes bull's eye the ground color. It can help you get a good read on how much paint you need to get the desired amount of color. You can also put your...
    Laura Aug 1, 2013
  • Elizabeth I started with a weekend class in 1985 and quit my job a year later to marble full-time and am still at it. Also, Penland School of Craft in western NC (penland.org) also has some classes from time to time. I will be teaching an "Intuitive Marbling on Cotton and Silk" class at the Omega Institute June 16-21 in Rhinebeck, NY you may want to check out. Enjoy the journey...
    Laura Sims May 20, 2013
  • I also dye my silk before marbling. Acid dyes work well from Aljo or Pro Chemical and Dye or wherever. The companies will provide their suggested instructions for using them. The charmeuse and crepes also drape better than habotai and have a weight and feel to the touch. Best to you as you learn. Be Well, Laura ________________________________ From: Sue Cole To: marbling Sent...
    Laura Sims Jan 2, 2013