Fun with Paper Marbling

Joseph and I have begun marbling paper and I have to be honest, marbling hasn't been as easy as it looks.  For marbling to work you need to have all variables at play to be at a perfect consistency.  The size has to be at a perfect consistency; if the size is too thick your paint just sits on the size and doesn't spread the way it should.  If the size is too thin your paint sinks to the bottom of your container.  This is the same situation with paint consistency; all of these variables have proven to be a real challenge.  We've had some great success and we've had some flops.  We're not giving up, we've learned some tricks and we're learning the technique of throwing paint and combing beautiful designs.   Here are a few photos of our process of marbling.

Throwing paint on the size. 

Throwing paint on the size. 

Combing Gel-Git into the paint floating on the size. 

Combing Gel-Git into the paint floating on the size. 

Gel-Git  

Gel-Git  

Combed and raked paint floating on size. 

Combed and raked paint floating on size. 

Lifting paint from size to paper.  

Lifting paint from size to paper.