I had a post ready for yesterday. I wrote it up before I started working on the novel. But I just didn’t actually feel like posting it. So I’m doing this today instead.
On Sunday I got together with a couple of people and we had a marbling party — where we marbled paper. I’ve done this for the last few years, made marbled paper over Thanksgiving weekend, to use with holiday cards to send to people.
One of the first things you have to do is stir the colors. If you marble right after you stir you have something like what you see in my icon (also known as a get gel pattern.)
After you stir the colors, you rake a comb across it. That’s the nonpariel pattern, and the simplest of them all.
After you make the nonpariel pattern, you start to get fancy with swirls, curls, fans, etc. You have to be careful and not overwork the pattern. You also have to lay down the paper to collect the colors sooner rather than later, or they’ll start to fade and drift.