Paper Marbling, all the tips and tricks of years marbling
paper (including book edge marbling)
This tutorial contains everything you need
to know to get good results, having said that, paper
marbling is a wayward art and a lot will depend on
your local conditions, temperature, humidity, water etc.
But it's all here.
If you feel that you might be suffering
from the particular illness that causes people to want to
take up paper marbling, then this tutorial will give you
many shortcuts to success.
I used to use ox gall, I made my own, which
meant trips to the slaughterhouse to collect the gall
bladders of freshly slaughtered cattle, I neither enjoyed
the trips nor the method of extracting and processing the
gall, it came as a great relief when I found a household
substitute for it...this and many other tips are
contained in the tutorial.
Included is the best source of fresh
carrageen moss I have found, plus an online source of
Alum, a description of how to make some of the more
esoteric combs used in marbling, how to produce the
Spanish Wave pattern (examples shown below) and a section
on book edge marbling.
To treat the edges of books and produce
matching end-papers you only need a small tray and little
equipment, a bindery could do a lot worse than learn this
skill, it gave us an edge as binders, as I have said,
very few binders still do it and it cannot be
Right at the start let me explain that
we will be talking about paper marbling with acrylic
colours...why? Because I got fed up with the characteristics
of ordinary gouache or artists water colour, when you rubbed
the sheets, loose pigment would come off on your fingers,
you had to treat the papers with beeswax in order to make
the colours fast, and even then the colours would still come
off on the customers hands when the book was handled
With acrylic colours the result is not
only a paper whose colours are absolutely fast, but the use
of such colours makes the sheet damp proof, you can wipe
them over with a damp cloth with no ill effect.
Marbling with acrylics differs from
marbling with gouache or artists water colour pigments in
several ways. With gouache or water colours, it is necessary
to add a spreading agent to the colours to make them spread
on the surface of the size.
If you were to drop a small amount of
gouache or water colour on the size without this spreading
agent, the drop of colour would simply sink straight to the
bottom of the tank, with a drop or two of spreading agent
added instead of sinking, the spreading agent breaks the
surface tension of the size allowing the colour to spread on
the surface. The more spreading agent...the more the colour
spreads and the less pigment their will be in a given area,
and the paler the colour will appear, thus giving you
control over how intense or pale your colours
Below you can see some examples of a
design known as the Spanish Wave, surely some of the most
beautiful patterns to be obtained through this art.
Here are some pictures of the process's involved.
The techniques behind book edge
you wish to download the manual please just click here.
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