Review: Marabu Easy Marble on Glitter bunnies!

OK, I confess!

We’ve got a little addicted to our marbling craze and it’s led to finding the absolute best way to use the Marabu Easy Marbling inks which we bought a couple of weeks ago.  This is not an affiliate link, and you will find plenty of other similar products, but living in Germany, we’re awash with Marabu, and it was the only product on offer in our local craft shop.

Let’s get straight down to business:

You have very little time to work the Marabu colours after dropping them onto the water.  Marabu colours set on the water like nail enamels much like the tiny sample I made the other week (the pink one which looks a bit like a biopsy), and once that happens, all you will do when trying to swirl the colours is lift them out on whatever tool you are using (we unravelled a paperclip).  We watched several YouTube videos of people demonstrating the Marabu colours, and they all had the same problem – good to know that it’s not just us!

This need for speed is clearly a disadvantage for traditional marbling and the pictures which we would like to have created, although we were still able to make flowers and other complex patterns once we discovered a few product tricks.  It’s not that easy to marble something as large as a sheet of A4 paper, but we still managed a few feathered patterns, which you can see below.

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A4 paper marbled using Marabu Easy Marbling – achievable if you are quick!

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Book review: Trace & Paint Watercolour from Search Press

Remember painting by numbers?  Artists Terry Harrison, Geoff Kersey and Arnold Lowrey help you to achieve quick watercolour painting results in a similar way with the added advantage of plenty of guidance along the way.  There are no block colours here, though!

Trace & Paint Watercolour is a kind of learn by osmosis book rather than a traditional tutor book, and part of a huge range of similar reasonably priced items from British publisher Search Press dealing with a wide range of arts and crafts.  The range is distributed overseas, so if you are on the other side of the world, you should have no problem finding any of their titles through your usual book stockist.

This is my version of Geoff Kersey's

This is my version of Geoff Kersey’s “Snow Scene” from Trace & Paint Watercolour. I found this image particularly appealing, as it echoes the winter scenes in the forests surrounding our village. A range of five standard round brushes is called for in the instructions, ten colours and masking fluid in addition to the 300 gsm rough paper – nothing too excessive!

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