Marbled papers hanging to dry in one of our storage rooms. Once the pages are printed they are then rinsed off with water, to remove excess bath/size, and therefore must dry for some time.
One of our students, Katie, applying color to her bath using a whisk. The watercolor pigments (that have been mixed with oxgall, allowing them to not blend together) are applied to the bath (containing a thick mixture of water and carragheenan [Irish moss]) using a whisk or eye dropper. They sit on the surface of the bath, where you can leave them as is or manipulate them using a stylus or various rakes or combs.
Another student, Laura, manipulating the pigment in her bath into little Christmas trees using a knitting needle (aka a stylus).
Another student, Molly, pulling her paper out of the bath. Once you've created your desired pattern, you carefully place a piece of paper (previously treated with aluminum sulfate) onto the bath. The pigments sticks to the paper and VOILA, you have marbled paper!
Lucy, one of our fabulous volunteers, carefully applying pigment to the bath. Notice how she's holding her whisk higher in the air as she applies her pigment, this creates smaller drops of pigment, aka stones.
Here's a picture of Laura using a rake to create a very uniform pattern.
Stay tuned tomorrow for pictures of the the finished products!