Paper Marbling

One of the crafts I enjoy is paper marbling. The piece on my front door is mine. For centuries, the details about how to marble paper and how to make specific paints were closely-guarded secrets. Often the masters would not reveal all the information even to their journeymen; and, of course, apprentices were completely in the dark. Marbled paper had its major use as endpapers in books. Much paper is put to this use today, especially by the boutique hand-binderies.

This is just a start for this section, so do come back. I'll get some graphics of some of my stuff scanned and up here, too. Yeah, yeah, all I need is a month to devote to this home page to get it whipped into shape!

Below are some links to sites for how-to, history, supplies, and marbling projects for children, usually with water as the medium instead of a "gel" size, although I also have files using shaving cream and liquid starch as the medium.

This is just a start on this page, so please come back.

Easy Marbling and Marbling with Unorthodox Materials


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Last updated February 2, 2002.