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A mixed media artist, I specialize in creating images on paper and silk, using marbling and various other surface design techniques.
Traditional watercolor marbling, which dates from 15th century Persia, involves floating special paints or inks on water to which a thickening agent has been added. The colors are combed into patterns and a treated paper is applied to receive the design. Marbling is a graphic process which produces unique contact prints. Broomstraw whisks and brushes are often used to apply color to a carrageenan marbling size. The combs and rakes will be used to create a classical marbled design like the Octopus pattern shown above.
|Japanese suminagashi is the oldest form of marbling, dating back over 800 years. Brushes are used to apply concentric rings of color and a clear dispersant solution to the surface of the water. The floating rings are fanned or blown into a design and an absorbent paper is placed on top of the patterned colors to create a contact print. I'm alternately applying Boku Undo marbling colors and a dispersant to build up a number of concentric rings. To create double-image suminagashi papers like the samples shown at left, prints are dried and marbled a second time. The same process can be used to create beautiful marbled silk scarves.|
|For centuries, artisans have been decorating papers by drawing designs in colored paste. The basic technique involves dampening a sheet of paper, brushing on a coat of colored paste, and drawing various implements through the paste to displace it and create patterns. Kitchen tools, calligraphy pens, carved brayers and found objects can be used to make deceptively sophisticated designs. In this photo I'm using a rubber graining comb to create a scalloped design.|
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