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Lesson Plans

A Marbleizing process

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Sun, 6 Jun 1999 08:21:16 EDT

Hi Judy and mp,
Here is the process I use to marbleize using liquid starch and acrylics..
1. Pour some liquid starch into a pan. I use a 13x9" old baking pan. Yard
sales are great for finding these! Also, be sure to have another tray or pan
of clean water right next to the starch pan.
2. Drip liquid acrylic paint onto the surface. It has to be the kind in the
bottle, not the tube (too thick). Use different colors.
3. Swirl with toothpicks or old combs. I made my own "rake" using nails
inserted into a piece of balsa wood. Forks would probably work too. Again,
visit those yard sales.
4. Lay a piece of paper or fabric directly onto the surface. Press gently
with fingertips but do not submerge.
5. Carefully lift the paper out of the tray holding the 2 corners. Submerge
into a tray of clean water. Shake off extra starch. Dry on newspaper.
There will be excess paint floating on top of the starch. Use a long piece
of paper to skim off the excess paint to one side of the tray. After a few
students have marbleized, the starch will get mucky so I just pour it out and
pour new starch in.
When using muslin it's recommended to prepare the fabric with a fixative.
Granulated alum from the supermarket is supposed to work but I have yet to
try this technique.
The marbleized paper can be laminated and made into bookmarks or bookcovers.
The results are fantastic. I hope this helps. Have fun!
Carolyn in MA