About Pressed Flowers
How to Make Marbleized Papers
Marbled Paper can
easily be made using various paints, dyes and inks.
can be created for pressed flower work with this method.
How to Marbleize Papers
You need a container larger than the size of the paper you will marble. It
doesn't have to be deep, just an inch or two like a cake pan and you're on
your way to creating your own beautiful, one of a kind marble papers.
Add a drop of
dishwashing liquid to the water so your paper takes the color better. The
idea here is to have the color float on top of the water rather than being
Cover your work
surface to control messes.
Pour water into pan
with a drop of dishwashing liquid.
Paints should be
very liquid, so thin if needed. Gently drip colors onto the surface of the
water so they float.
Gently swirl the
colors with a straw, stick or anything that won't be harmed by the paint.
Hold a piece of
paper horizontally with both hands and bring ends together so that the
paper is curved into a "U" shape.
Lay the paper on top
of the painted water surface by placing the center of the paper (bottom of
the U shape) on top of the water and lowering both sides onto the top of
Handling the paper this way prevents air bubbles between the
paper and the water.
Set with painted
side up on an absorbent, flat surface to dry. If needed, you can place the
dry paper in your flower press to flatten, or it can be
ironed flat by placing between sheets of paper and then pressing with an
Try different types of
colors on small paper samples to see what works best for you and don't be
afraid to mix these together. Here are some ideas:
Make sure you let
this paper dry completely before using it for your pressed flower art.
Soon I will share methods of making
Marble and Jasper Paper using techniques popular in the 18th and 19th
centuries. I am fortunate enough to have a book that's over a hundred and
old that gives detailed information about making marbleized and Jasper
paper. I intend to transcribe these techniques
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