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>I wanted to do some paper marbeling with 5th grade and I needed some
>suggestins for a simple, cheap and effective way. Does anyone have
>any hints...I found ways that uses oil paints but what about acrylic?
Try floating acrylics on caragheean. I order it from Creative Cache in
Salem, Oregon at 800-736-2591. The instructions of how to mix the powder
with water comes with it. It was about $3.50 per tablespoon. A tablespoon
makes a quart of solution. Caragheean is used in ice-cream and other foods
so if the acrylics are non-toxic too you have a safe process to use with
any age. You can paint with water on paper and then lay it on top of the
floating acrylic colors and the water painted area acts like a resist
process and is the color of the paper. You can use fabric paints if you
want to marble on fabric.
There are professional marblers who network with each other and know each
other's designs. These designs are copyrighted. It is a big problem with
people using their marbled designs on book covers, cards, etc. without
paying for the use of them. The marblers contact each other when they see
that someone has used a colleague's copyrighted artwork.
Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
Dept. of Art, Box 42081
Lubbock, TX 79409-2081