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!






Encaustic Printmaking Class at Pinole Artisans Gallery


Do you want to learn how to Monoprint with Encaustic Paint?

We will be learning the basics of monoprinting with encaustic wax and the flexibility it offers to add additional products such as dry pigment and decorative paper.  You will leave with a minimum of 5 prints made with R&F Encaustic paint on Strathmore 400 series printmaking paper.

Sunday, November 13,, 2016 – 4:00- 7:00 pm

1360 Fitzgerald Drive, Pinole CA

Fee: $120 for 3 hours

Raven Iacono has been an artist for 25+ years and encaustic artist for more than 10 years.

She has had her artwork in numerous shows.

The latest show was the juried event: The 30th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

I started my art career as an oil painter and at the same time have always had my eyes on Encaustic Painting. Wax really speaks to me, the way it draws me into the work, by mysteriously obscuring some images yet inviting me to see through the layers of wax. It is the perfect way for me to express the many layers of my life.

I have been painting with wax for over 10 years, mainly on wood panels with some mixed media thrown in. During the middle of 2015, during a long drive I began dreaming of my next project and encaustic monoprinting came to me while driving through a giant redwood tree. It felt so profound to be driving through this amazing millennial tree while contemplating the millennia of encaustic painting. Every time I create a Monoprint or an Encaustic Painting, I leave a bit of myself on the plate and on the panel, which is how I envision the encaustic painters felt in the 1st Century.

My art as well as my vision of how I have perceived my life has changed over the years. Encaustic art is my way of letting you and I get a special peek of my memories; it whispers to us of my childhood hope. My experiences remain in my memories like little treasures that have left a big imprint on the artist I am now.

Please contact via email to register for this class; 

Once you’ve signed up I will send you a PayPal Invoice.

Encaustic & Dry Pigment Monoprints

I have been painting with encaustic (hot bees wax) for almost 10 years now and wanted to try my hand at mono-printing with wax. When I was in art school I loved printmaking and especially mono-printing. It was so immediate and quick; I loved the way you could pull only one print (and maybe a ghost print if you were lucky) off of all that you had done and maybe it turned out and maybe it didn’t. I feel that same way with the encaustic mono-prints I’ve been working on lately. The paper is Canson Edition Printmaking paper and the Encaustic Wax is R&F Encaustic. The combination of the 2 is amazing together!

These 6 paintings were entered into a juried art show in Emeryville, California. I will find out the week of the 18th of July whether or not they got in.



I really enjoy this process and will keep painting this way along with my traditional encaustic painting.