Fabric Marbling

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  1. Love reading about your creative ventures. Tried marbling fabric and had great difficulty getting the “size” to set up. First day, two containers, one did and one didn’t. Became contiminated and so started over the next day and found a post that used the methocel (what I was using) which said to double the recipe. I did but it really did not work well. Had difficulty getting the paint to “flow” across the top of the size with any consistency. Realize that practice is key but it was disappointing after the first day of trial and error. Next will try with the seaweed substance. I ordered Jo’s dvd and she uses a blender and claims it will set up in an hour. Is that your experience?

  2. Hi Mary, Glad you commented. I had no problem getting the carageenan size to set up. I did it like Jo suggested in her video and it set up in two hours. Everything I’ve read said you should give it several hours to set up or overnight. I’ve only tried carageenan but have heard methocel is harder to use. Lynda

  3. Well all I can say is that marbling can be addictive even if you run into a few snags. Will have to try it again and use the method I saw in Jo’s video. Just too fun so I am not giving up. Your colors are fabulous. I used colored fabrics and did not get the same punch of color.

  4. Mary, It sure is addictive!! Let me know how it goes. I’d love to see your marbling when you’re happy with it. You mentioned you didn’t get the same punch of color. Were you using Golden Fluid Acrylics? Or the Liquitex Soft Body? I’ll be trying other paints in the future but so far both of those work great.

  5. Used some Golden Acrylics and some that weren’t. Real issue was the size……….so I will try again. Building a collection of paints. Built a comb out of bamboo barbecue skewers that I slid through a piece of corrugated card board. Used that to feather the marbling. Worked well if I can fix the other issues…..and it was a creative, inexpensive “tool” that could be adapted in width and number of points.

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