Bits and Pieces but mainly marbling!

Look what I bought for half price last week! This is for doing some natural dyeing in – stainless steel so it doesn’t affect the colour and I can keep it just for that.

bright shiny stainless steel stockpot

Remember I won second prize for my Transporter Bridge postcard in the Newport in Bloom art competition? Last Friday, they had an award ceremony and I got this certificate and the little shield and a cheque for £20!!

shield and certificate

Yesterday and today I did some marbling with the marbling paints I bought from the creative papercrafts man at Marlborough. Here are some of yesterday’s efforts:

marbled fabrics

marbled fabrics

This is a detail of the above. I did this on calico, which took the paints really well.

detail of marbled fabrics

marbled fabrics

Here are today’s fabrics busy drying. They are just a bit bigger than A4 size – I did the marbling in a large cat litter tray!

marbled fabrics drying on floor

Before you ask, no I don’t have any immediate plans for using these! I seem to be going through a ‘playing’ phase at the moment. I read a brilliant post today at Gabrielle Swain’s blog, Handmaiden, about designing and working in series. I want to get a series going so that I can develop my art and work with an idea to its maximum, but none of the themes I have used so far really grab me. Can anyone see an emergent style or series in any of my work which maybe I haven’t spotted?! Apart from the postcard series…

9 Replies to “Bits and Pieces but mainly marbling!”

  1. Wow, that is really cool stuff. I have not heard of marbling paint. Where do you purchase yours? Is it online? That looks like so much fun.

  2. Thanks for the link on Gabrielle’s blog. It was an interesting post. What she said was much like what we discussed in a Process Arts Seminar I just took.

  3. Liz, I’m shooting from the cuff here since you posed the question about themes in your work…but not so much as themes but I’d say you prefer all over patterning in the length and width of a design…would that be correct?

  4. Liz, I looked at the Pebeo site. As it was France I figured shipping would be astonomical. Then I looked online and found it with a company I have been buying my fabric dying supplies at for years. Duh. Sometimes I am so dense it is not believable. Thanks for the information. I have purchased a mini marbling kit so I can try it out. Now that our laundry room is finished and all my dying supplies are organized and in one place it will be a lot easier to play with the dyes again. Thanks again. Hope you are well.

  5. Liz, I love the marbled fabric. I marbled fabric years ago. What fun. You have inspired me to try it again!

  6. The fabric looks really interesting – I bet if you just leave them up for a while a theme will come. The answer so often seems to come when you are apparently not thinking about the problem at all.

  7. Saw your first marbled efforts. Watch out as it is very addictive! You can see how many days and entries I have made in my blog these days on marbling!!

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