Jane looks at Pebeo Marbling Inks.
What do I need to achieve a marbling effect on paper?
I’m going to look at Pebeo’s marbling inks. There are nine colours available and a thickening powder called Marbling Bath.
This fantastic, colourful range makes the technique of marbling really easy for everyone to have a go at.
You can use the marbling inks to create marbled gift wrap, book covers, decorating gift tags and so much more.
Mixing the Marbling Bath
To mix the marbling bath you will need the thickener (Pebeo Marbling Bath) mixed in one litre of cold water, mix well and allow to stand for at least two hours.
After a couple of hours, spread the gel 1-2cm thick into a flat tray which is larger than the object to be marbled.
Now you can start to drop your chosen colours on to the surface using the dropper in the lid. Once you are happy with the design you have just created then place your piece of paper on the colour, when you lift off the paper you will see the ink has transferred on to the paper.
Using acrylic paint for marbling?
Can you use acrylic paint for marbling?
Yes you can as long as you make up the thickener (marbling bath) you can still do the same process of dropping acrylic paint on the surface as you would the inks.
What’s the best paper to use for marbling?
The paper you should use would generally be an absorbent, lightly sized, uncoated stock for example drawing paper or cartridge paper between 90gsm and 120gsm.
You can also use a cotton based paper as they are absorbent and strong when wet.
Don’t use really thin paper as it tends to break up once wet, and really heavy paper or card can be difficult to lay down on the surface and remove again.
Jane is a member of the Gadsby’s team. She has a wide knowledge of the arts & crafts products and materials sold by Gadsby’s both from the perspective of an advisor in the shop and, for many of the products, from personal use too.
Please note that this is not a service that Gadsbys offer to clients – just an example of the private work done by one of the highly skilled and knowledgable Gadsby’s team shown for your interest.