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Re: marbleized paper recipe

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.edu)
Sat, 14 Sep 1996 11:23:07 -0700 (PDT)


I do marbelized paper but find that I can skip the more professional
requirements and get adequate designs. I buy Marble THix which is a
commercial product that you mix with water and allow to set over night.
One year I bought real carageenan moss and cooked it and let it grow
overnight but what a pain. I have about 5-5gal buckets for this so that
the amount of new batches the kids have is limited. I do this for about
150 kids a day--I worry that you wouldn't be able to do this with starch.
We have about 6 pans per class with the fluid about 1-1/2" deep. I mix up
acrylics with water in dropper bottles. The kids drip on and create
designs and drop the paper on--as you said from center gradually dropping
corners. We just pull it out and let dry--you can rinse carefully but
don't need to till the fluid gets really gross--which it does after about
the first 4 kids. They complain that they want new "water" but I
discovered that it still works--the paint goes to the bottom and the fresh
paint floats and will be picked up by the clean, dry paper(I just use
ordinary drawing paper) I don't size the paper. I have tried a variety of
materials that are supposed to make it better--oxgall to keep the paint
floating(what gross stuff that is) and a variety of other things but my
process seems to work just about as well without them. I tried using
starch and paper mache paste for a bed but they were too expensive for the
quantities I need. What I did discover was that the various paint colors
have a personality of their own. ( I use DickBlick acrylics in the quart
size and add a little water so it's faster to replenish the dropper
bottles.) Cyan green and blue and also yellow are very agressive colors.
They will chase other paints right over to the corners. Black seems heavy
no matter what I add to it and tries to sink so you have to drop it on and
hit it with the paper immediately. It's kind of fun to have the kids
notice how colors get along and name them. Every marbelizing book I have
read stresses all the preparation required, all I know is that we get
pretty good results. There is no question that the first person to use
the bath gets the purest results-- but that's life--the last person can
still be really successful. Sid

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