Last week I had a wonderful marbling session! After the angst of the last carrageenan disaster, I was a little bit worried about starting one, especially as I had a special order to work on. Specials are always a combination of fun and dread. Fun – to be working with someone else’s ideas and color palette, and dread that I’ll mess it up. This time the theme was purple, specifically toward the blue end of purple rather than the red. In looking over my colors, I realized that I had several red purples but only a tiny bit of Ultramarine Violet. I quickly ordered some and decided to try mixing some. Mixing colors when marbling is always a challenge for me. Some blend very nicely and float well, but others just don’t. Probably has something to do with the chemical makeup, specific gravity or density of the pigment. No clue. Anyway, this time it worked!
Here are my purples, maybe not quite 50 shades, but a couple dozen!
I did finish up with other colors and some fun.
The first photos show some of the other colors I played with at the end of the session. The rest of the photos come from spoiled copy of a fashion and pattern magazine for August 1898. The incredible wasp waists fascinated me. I can’t imagine having to wear them. I love the color prints and don’t know what to do with them. I’m not going to marble them! The ones I did marble were black and white. The last two images are from my odds and ends. The first is from a Children’s magazine, “The Chatterbox”, which has lots of sad tales full of tragic heroines and Victorian morals. The last is the back cover of sheet music printed in 1915. Fun combination of interesting stuff!
To finish the week, I finally completed five little books I had started a while ago using the trimmings from larger books. All of them are roughly 4″ x 4″ and to make up for their small size, I made them thicker than I usually do. Even though they take almost as long to make as their bigger sisters, I find these fun projects.
Like the hearts and flowers! The tools and the garlands have leather spines.