Marbled Paper Testing with Amazing Results

I have been doing paper marbling for years but came across this most amazing new marbling product that works on so many different substrates. With this amazing product I have marbled frames, a helmet, planters and even pink flamingos. The product is made by a company called Marabu and the product is called Easy Marble, and boy is it EASY!

My favorite thing to marble is paper, why? Because I am a self proclaimed paper nerd, that’s why. I set my tray of water out with all the different colors of Marabu Easy Marble along with multiple types of paper. I used Strathmore Artigan which is black. I used Strathmore Drawing Paper, Strathmore Printmaking paper, Strathmore Charcoal Paper, Strathmore Mixed Media Cards, some watercolor paper, Yupo Paper and generic handmade papers. I had so much fun trying all the different types of paper. Below are the results, some better than others.

 

The papers below are Strathmore Black Artigan with Gold, Silver, Green, white and light blue Marabu marbling products. I really love how they turned out and can’t wait to do more.

This next round of images is from Strathmore Printmaking Papers. I am really happy how these turned out. I used color as well as silver metallic marbling ink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the images below, I used generic handmade paper cards as well as Strathmore Mixed Media Cards. What a fun thing to make hand marbled cards to send to your friends and family. I love getting and giving letters and what better way than to make and or decorate cards. I used bright colors and some metallics, I think they turned out pretty neat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this set of images I used charcoal paper, mixed media and drawing paper. These were my least favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also wanted to try using kraft paper, I had up-cycled some thin cardboard from my job and thought it could be cool when marbled. I really love how it turned out! I’d like to do more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the images of the handmade papers. They turned out cool and you can see the really neat texture of these cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had one sheet of Yupo paper because it’s very expensive, I only wanted to use 1 sheet and see how it turned out before I used more. It’s very bright and luminous. I really love it!

 

 

 

 

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New World – What I want from my Art

I have been thinking about a whole new world that I would love to live in, one that doesn’t have any anti-anything agendas. I think we can do more, say more, make more statements about what we want in our world through art.

My goal these days isn’t sweet lovely art but art that really says & means something to me. When I was in art school, I created art with meaning, art that said something, art that meant something to me. Somehow over the years, I lost track of my spirit, drive and emotions behind creating art. I fell into the trap of creating art and selling it for selling it sake. I don’t want to do that anymore.

I want to create art from my soul and my heart. What moves me, when I think about things is women, how we are treated. Separate and not equal. The other thing that really moves me is our planet and what’s becoming of our world as we know it. I want to FEEL when I work on my art and I want people around me to feel & see what is important to me too. I really want to make a statement and use my talents to speak to what moves me.

I have made a few mixed media pieces lately and feel very strongly about them. I have them here below; enjoy them (or not) but share them with those you feel would benefit from seeing them.

Bees are Life

It’s been nagging at me, the fact that there are so many bees dying. I am sure that it is all the pesticides that are being sprayed for the produce and other food we eat. I understand that it’s a much bigger picture than just that but it’s been weighing heavy the last few weeks. I decided to create a piece of art to commemorate how much bees are needed for the survival of the human race. I started with a test bee on the counter of my tables where I work and then graduated to my art journal, finally landing on a small 18×20 canvas.

This isn’t the end of this conversation for sure but at least it’s a start.

This is my practice bee…

Here are pictures from my art journal….

This is my final canvas painting