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Chalk Marbleizing In Depth Tutorial pg4

By Chris / CS Designs

White is Not the Only Color:

Although the majority of people doing any kind of Marbleizing  use mostly white paper, Chalk Marbleizing will also work on colored paper, only it does so a little differently.  All chalk when it floats on the surface of the water takes up some amount of surface space, whether it leaves a visible color on the paper or not. On a piece of colored card-stock colors like white or pale yellow or very light pink may or may not show up but where they were, it will leave a visible pattern when combined with other colors.

The paper on the right was plain red and where the pattern appears lighter, white chalk was used.

Type of Papers: 
Don’t be afraid to experiment. I have tried all kinds of paper, in color, thickness, absorbency and smoothness, all with interesting results. Sometimes papers you think might not work because they are either too shiny, or  too thin can produce the most wonderful papers. It is one of those things that truly signifies the theory that you never know how it will go unless you try it and maybe even nothing ventured nothing gained. 

The paper on the right was very textured with visible ridges and the ink shows darker in between the ridges and lighter where the pattern is raised. 
Creating Art with your papers. 
There is a lot to this tutorial  because I wanted it to be in-dept and give newbies all the information they might need or be curious about. There is actually very little to the process  and the tips I have given you in this tutorial should make for a really good start.

 If you were able to glean anything from this tutorial, I hope it was not to be limited by colors, paper types or materials.  The most important tool an Artist can have is the desire to experiment, without that both the Artist and their art  can grow stagnant and stand still.

Art like life is a journey and it will be what you choose to make of it. Don’t be afraid to try new things, be different, make waves and take your own  path, it can lead to some pretty wonderful things and some equally wonderful experiences
This is pretty much all there is marbling with chalk, other than the fun you can have in creating lots of these paper to use in your art. I think that the coolest thing about these types of paper over store bought is that each and every one of them is s one of a kind and although you  may have a bit of an idea of how they may turn out it it is always a wonderful surprise. Something else that makes them even more special is that they are created by you.

Just an Additional Note:
The example above shows the original paper on the right and a piece of the same paper once marbleized on the left. Among the colors I used for this piece were blue, mauve, black and white with the black and white creating the most dramatic effect.

Laser Printers: 
One of the advantages of laser printers over some Inkjet printers it the fact that the ink is waterproof and also sits on the surface of the paper rather than bleeding in. This is definitely a plus when it come to Marbleizing over designs you have printed yourself. This is especially true if you are afraid to run paper through your printer that has some kind of other media on it that you think might leave some kind of residue inside your printer.

The marbled piece on the left  was done over a pre-printed piece of one of my digital backgrounds. It was printed on a laser printer so the water did not blur or smudge the ink. Although I iron most of my papers to flatten them, this was one I did not iron as adding heat to it would have re-melted the print.

Marbleizing on Vellum:
The piece on the right is a piece of vellum. Although I have been doing marbling for some time, this was the first time I had tried vellum and love how it turned out. Even though the chalk in the water had viable streaks in it, the pattern tended to clump once it hit the usual surface of the velum. I think that although quite different from my other papers, it is quite lovely with a delicate look. 

Final Note: If you enjoyed this extensive tutorial, I hope you will share the link to this tutorial so that others can come and read it for themselves, and ask that you please not plagiarize it or share the tutorial itself.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Chris thanks for sharing. Love the marbled effect and will certainly give it a try.



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