I told you how much I loved the marbling class I took last weekend, it was fabulous! Since then I have wanted to try it, but I don't have the necessary supplies in my art room. I shared the papers I made in the class with my folks, and my dad was asking a lot of questions. Low and behold, we got an idea. Why not try diluting oil paints with turpentine, and float the mixture on water? Well, as you can see, it worked. The only problem was the hole in the bottom of the bowl. I had turpentine all over my work space. And, of course we know that turpentine is combustable. So after the clean up, I had to lay everything out on the driveway to dry and evaporate. It put a quick end to this new technique. I'll try again later
Then I remembered a You Tube video on marbling with chalk and water. Well, I have chalk and water, so I gave it a go. All you have to do is scrape the chalk stick with the edge of a scissor blade and let the dust fall into the water. The dust floats. The images you see here are done with the original random dusting of the chalk. It is kind of like the Turkish Stone technique done with the true marbling method. I did try swirling the dust to see if I could get a more marbled look. It worked, but the colors were pretty drab. I will try it again on another day and see if I can get some better results. I also have an idea of mixing corn starch in water to thicken it. Then maybe pour some vegetable oil in to float on top. I will try different paint, ink and dye and see if I can get any to float. Aaah, I feel like a mad scientist. I'll be sure to share the results with you.