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.
A4 paper marbled using Marabu Easy Marbling – achievable if you are quick!
Our minor success of the afternoon!
It’s a sad day. We have utterly failed to produce what we wanted to today. We have something to show for our efforts, and have added brief “how-to” section below, but… well, there’s always tomorrow.
Our aim right now is to create endpapers for a couple of books. We love those beautiful combed pattern papers which you see in old volumes. I’ve made them before using commercial marbling inks, and it was super easy to achieve the effects which we wanted to reproduce today. The little problem we had today was that we couldn’t find the inks – I’m not even sure if they’re in our house, at my parents, or the casualty of a house move.
Knowing that there are other options, we tried to marble without marbling inks. This is good, we thought, because we’ll find a cheap alternative. And honestly, do you really need proper marbling inks? Unfortunately, it’s been a sorry mess (seriously, my hands are better marbled than the paper).
Even so, you can achieve results with perseverance – you just need to experiment a lot with consistencies and perhaps even with which paints you use. I’ve got to say honestly that with commercial inks, you can at least just get on and experiment with design rather than simply trying to make it work.
We experimented with:
- oil colour
- faux marbling using some gel colours for Easter eggs
- nail polish (that actually worked – hurrah!)