This 1991, 120-page, 10.5x10.5" book is filled with lovely color photographs on marbling techniques, and examples of the marbling art. See above image for an example of a marbled paper that I produced after following the instructions in this book. I use marbled paper to make greeting cards.
The contents of the book are divided into a Preface, nine chapters, then information on `Further Reading,' `Supply Sources,' and an `Index.' The chapters are: "A Brief History of Marbling;" "An Overview of Principles, Equipment, and Materials;" "Suminagashi and Freestyle Ink Marbling;" "Watercolor Marbling;" "Oil-Color Marbling;" "Fabric Marbling;" "Friskets, Experiments, and Marbling Objects;" "Paper Projects;" and "Constructing Marbling Equipment."
If you already own the Maurers' previous 1984 booklet on marbling, "An introduction to carrageenan and watercolor marbling, you will notice that there is much more information in this more recently published book, especially concerning the different mediums involved in marbling, and the variety of objects you can marble. (So far my own marbling efforts have been confined to the carrageenan medium, with the resulting pattern printed on paper, although I am definitely planning to branch out into the Japanese form of marbling, which is called `Suminagashi.')
Marbling can be a tricky technique, and the authors share their expertise on constructing your own tray, rinse board, skim board, whisks, and patterning tools. There is a useful section on troubleshooting. The illustrated, step-by-step pattern-making instructions in this book are very easy to follow, and the authors include many examples of their own, and other artists' work for each pattern.
If you have fallen in love with the beautiful patterns that can be created through this antique art, this is an excellent book with which to begin your apprenticeship.
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