Marvellous marbling

AishaLGreen Posted by AishaLGreen, 05 Sep, 2017

Did you know that marbling has been floating around since way back when, in the 12th century?! It first originated and was practised in Japan, where it went by the name of ‘Suminagashi’ or ‘ink floating’. Beautifully delicate and swirled patterns were created on the surface of water using inks, and the artist would gently blow on them to create the trademark swirl. Paper was then placed on top to capture the mesmerising patterns that we see on papers, fabrics and home décor items these days. Marbling today has changed very little from its humble origins, with the method remaining much the same. Thanks to the developments and advancements in production, there are now a wide variety of colours to choose from to make your patterned creations. We’ve donned our rubber gloves and aprons, and got our experimenting hats firmly on as we put Aqua Green, Turquoise, Orange, Gold and Medium Yellow Marabu Easy Marble inks to the test, to transform everyday items and materials into mini works of art!

1. Fill an old container with cold water and place on a flat, stable surface. Add droplets of ink to the surface of the water; the more you add, the darker the colour.

2. Drop a second colour on top of the first ink and continue to add as many as you wish. Use a cocktail stick to manipulate the inks into a pattern.

3. Submerge your item into the inks. Move from side to side to push any excess inks across the surface of the water. Remove the item and leave to dry.

There’s no end to the things that you can marble! As you may have probably noticed by now, we’re a sucker for the odd plant (or four) and have used a selection of inks to create summer-ready containers for our leafy friends. It’s a great, cost-effective way of brightening up an internal space in super-quick time. If you want to marble a particularly big item, make sure you have a large, deep container on hand to allow the inks to cover every square inch. We opted for a two-tone look for our largest plant pot, masking off an area where we wanted the ink to go up to, and then using Artiste paint to add the finishing touch! Experiment with wood, glass, paper, fabric, ceramics and more! When marbling, always carry out a test before dunking the final item. The inks are permanent so there’s no second chances, however we think that’s half of the fun… Never 1OO% knowing what swirly patterned delights are going to emerge from the depths of your container!

Project and how-to instructions by Aisha Green. Project originally published in issue (82) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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