Registered: November 21, 2004 Location: Tehachapi, CA Posts: 12
Sat, Nov 18, 2006 @ 8:01 PM
You can buy marbling inks at Dick Blick's site: http://www.dickblick.com) or at Michael's or any artist supply store. I bought my first set at a local museum. There are a couple of major methods for marbling paper. The papers on the cards were made with the liquid starch method.
I have directions taken from Vaunde Edwards who posted them to a list I subscribed to some time ago. These directions are for one particular marbling technique (the one I used to make the paper used in the cards.) The marbling medium/material I used was 3/4 cup laundry starch mixed with 1/8 cup warm water in a shallow pan, 2" larger than the size of the paper you're working with. i.e., I used a 9" x 13" baking pan, and cut 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half. Drop water color inks onto the surface of the starch and swirl them
using skewers, hair combs, forks or anything draw lines through the inks. When you're satisfied with the design on the surface, holding the paper by opposite corners, lay your paper or cardstock onto the surface. Immediately pick the paper up and turn it over. The starch and ink will run off, but that's unavoidable. Lay the wet paper out onto fresh newsprint or newspaper to dry. The paper will curl, but once it's dried you can iron it or press it under books or magazines to take the major wrinkles out.
I've purchased marbling inks from Blick Art Supplies here in San Diego, Michael's and at a museum gift shop. Dick Blick has a web site and you can order from them online http://www.dickblick.com I haven't tried it, but I would imagine that the SU re-inkers might work as well as the marbling inks made specifically for
making marbled paper. You can experiment with various weights of paper & cardstock. The paper used in the card samples was 70 lb. (text weight) coated paper from Kelly's paper.
You can go to the Internet and do a search for "making marbled paper" and get lots of information. I believe that Lisa Vollrath (http://www.TenTwoStudios.com) has something on her site as well.
I hope this helps,
San Diego, CA
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