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Lesson Plans

Marbelizing w/chalk and water....

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Bunki Kramer (
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 07:48:09 -0700

>I knew there was some reason for keeping so many e-mails. The chalk is
>Ambrite Chalk by Prang. Just scrape it with a scissor into water and lay the
>water color paper on top after you have swirled the chalk on the water. You
>can use a fixative to hold it on more. Gail

Just to let "whoever was interested" know, you can use ANY chalk in this
way for marbelizing. The big sidewalk-sized chalk works well simply because
it's easier to handle for the kids but any kind will do. There are two
drawbacks to this method, however. The chalk tends to "drop" to the bottom
fairly rapidly so you can get 1-2 (maybe 3 diff. "prints" if you're lucky)
before it settles and you have to repeat the shaving again. If you swirl
the chalk too much, it will also drop before you are ready. The second
drawback is the necessity to use fixative to "set" the chalk on the paper.
It's like a chalk/pastel drawing when you are finished and needs to be
sprayed. CERTAINLY is a cheap, fast way of marbelizing with
younger kids.

It is not a good method, however, if you intend to use it as a bookmark,
book cover, or something which you intend to handle alot. The chalk will
rub off like a pastel drawing...even though fixed. Toodles...........

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd.
Danville, California 94526