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HOW TO MARBLE PAPER AND BIND BOOKS




PAPER MARBLING
 



It takes a lot of practice. It's lovely and messy to do! Great play therapy and a useful and beautiful product.

Basically you need a flat tray, a brass curtain rod rod and a drying rack.

Bring only just to the boil Irish carageen moss in a pan full of water. It smells wonderful. The whole Atlantic ocean in your house. Let cool overnight. The next morning add the same amount of water, but cold this time.

On a large level covered table place the tray, sheets of paper, colours and small brushes, a brush for each colour, and the rod.

Pour some of the filtered carageen moss preparation onto the tray.

Add a drop of ox-gall (buy this, Windsor and Newton, from an art supply store) to each colour. Then, with the brush, shake drops of colours onto the surface of the water.

You can next take a stick or brush handle and make a wavy design or a straight one through the colours, not touching the bottom of the tray.

Gradually place a sheet of paper on the surface, opposite corner to opposite corner or there will be bubbles that spoil it.

Lift the paper from one end onto the rod and draw it over it allowing the excess to fall back into the tray. (They never told this secret in books and I only learned it from watching the process being done in Florence!)

Place the sheet on the drying rack.

Repeat the whole process.

Not all the sheets will be successful. But acceptable ones sell for at least 10,00. Each is unique.

We have now experimented with doing both sides. Necessary to let the first side completely dry, then do the other side on a different day. These make fine booklet covers, especially with a transparent guard sheet.



BOOK BINDING

I am blessed with the Victorian book binding equipment from my convent, a press, a sewing frame, a vice, a saw, an ivory smoothing stick, an awl, a large needle, and the spool of linen thread I bought in Florence before all its crafts shps closed down.









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