By Chris / CS Designs
I have always considered myself somewhat of a paper-holic and for many years I made my own hand screen paper as well as various types of decorative paper. Among my favorite decorative paper techniques have always been Paste Paper, and Paper Marbling.
Although I haven’t had much time to devote to this lately, it is one of those things that is both a lot of fun and also rather therapeutic. It is one of those things that I can spend literally hours doing. There is something quite mesmerizing about watching bright wonderful patterns emerge on what use to be plain paper and even more satisfying is being able to use those papers in my art.
There are many different ways to create Marbleized Paper, with an equally wide range of materials. As an example, I have made Marbleized paper using, Drawing Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil Paints and Chalk. Some Marbleizing techniques also use other ingredients such as Alum, Methylcellulose, Gelatine, Turpentine and a few others but for this tutorial I am going to keep it as simple as possible and use only chalk and water for the base. Although this simple technique does not give you as much control over your patterns as other Marbling techniques it still produces beautiful papers which can be incorporated into art projects.
|A note about Chalks:
Just as there are many types of Marbling techniques, there are equally as many types of chalk. Some are reasonably prices and some more expensive and although some types of chalks produce better and brighter results, it is not necessary to have the very best or the most expensive to try this technique.
Note about Chalk Brands:
I have at least 3 different brands of Artist Chalks and several types of children’s chalks but I have had them for so many years and used them to the point that I no longer have any pieces large enough to read the name of the manufacturers and also no longer have the boxes, so I can not give you much help as far as which brands to buy.
Material you will need to try this technqiue:
Colored or White Chalk
Flat tub, Pan or Glass Baking Dish
Knife, Emery Board or other Scraper
Any and all Colors of Paper (Text weight, Card-stock or Vellum)
Iron for flattening warped paper, or Something Heavy or a Vice