Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Patterns from Marbling

The random patterns created from marbling can be very decorative. This scarf was marbled using Deka Marble paints. The choice of colours has created subtle patterning.
You can make a statement by choosing contrasting colours, or select just one colour to compliment the base colour of the item you have chosen to decorate.

Deka Marble is an intermixable water based paint giving brilliant intense colours and formulated specifically for the marbling process. The paint is light fast and wash fast up 60°C and suitable for use on all natural fabrics, especially cotton, silk, satin and paper. Test on synthetic and blended fabrics before your main project. Other objects such as wood, plaster and even eggs can also be marbled with Deka Marble.
  • Use 2 heaped teaspoons of Manutex RS to 1 litre of water or follow the instructions included with Deka Marble Medium.
  • Stir the mixture well and leave to stand for 2 hours until it has thickened into a gel. The solution will keep for up to 24 hours.
  • Pour into a flat, plastic container so that it is 2-3cms deep.
  • Drop colours onto the surface where they will begin to spread. Move the paint around with either a comb or a stick until you are happy with the pattern.
  • Carefully lay the wrinkle free paper or fabric onto the surface of the size and leave it to rest for 10 seconds.
  • Lift off, rinse gently under cold water, squeeze out and hang up to dry. To fix the paints onto fabric, allow to dry and iron on the reverse with a hot iron for 3 minutes.

This example of marbling has been created by dragging the colours across the size with a cocktail stick.

To use the size again, the surface can be cleaned by laying sheets of paper kitchen towel onto the remaining paint so that it is blotted up. Any marbling paint that has sunk below the surface will not affect future prints.

To extend the colour range, Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque paints can also be used for marbling, as can any acrylic based colour.

Find out more about marbling from our Fact File page >

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