Note to self: Read the instructions! Marble printing

Art, drawing, Hares, marbling, Printing, sketching

Hi all ūüôā

I haven’t posted for a while; there are many reasons for this, including working full time and ferrying kids about, going on holiday where there was no WiFi and yet, I’ve still been busy creating! ¬†So what have you guys been up to?

I recently purchased a marbling kit, but didn’t read the instructions passed the part where it informs you how to mix the floater solution. ¬†I made my solution up and cleaned out a 2 litre bottle to store it in, left it overnight and then transferred some into a smaller rectangular dish. ¬†Pippets allow you to add ink to the top of the solution in small droplets, but I didn’t read the fact that you’re supposed to dilute the ink – oops. ¬†Problem: the ink, if it’s not diluted just plops straight through the floater and onto the bottom rather th an ‘floating’. ¬†It also didimagen’t spread like it was supposed to because it was too thick. ¬†To solve this problem, I worked quickly and managed several fairly successful prints … Until my OH came along and thought the best way to solve the problem was by stirring the solution. ¬†It’s now one big murky mess like you get when you paint and mix all the colours together.

The ten hares have been sketched onto the marble prints, which are 2 x 3 inches (ATC size) using Derwent fine liners which I picked up recently for an international project.. ¬†Love these pens. ¬†I’ve got quite a collection now of different sizes , but my favourite is a 0.1 as you can do really fine details, especially on these small pieces of watercolour card.

As you can see from the photograph – the marbling can be done on most surfaces, including clothes pegs, but be warned … The cat might just get in the way!

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