Throwing stones

rainbows on a clotheslineKris has been marbling all day. The clotheslines crisscrossing our deck are hung with drying pieces of rainbow.

the size


first this way...

then that way

a non-pareil

The prints are a long way from perfect, and professional marblers would reject most of the prints he did today. He is still struggling with getting the variables—methyl cellulose size, acrylic paints, surfactant, alum mordant in the fabric—to work right.

Still, there are patches here and there of glorious detail and oh my word, some great colors.

Kris will be opening a one-day pop-up marbling shop and exhibition next month. These printed canvases will be turned into covers for his hand-bound journals.

my favorite


26 thoughts on “Throwing stones

    1. Thank you! I think so too, but Kris has high standards LOL it’s getting better, though, he is throwing less and less away. With luck, we’ll have something for the show!
      Thanks for the visit and comment.


  1. Who is to say what’s perfect, what’s good and what is not? Kris obviously put a lot of time, effort and heart into these pieces. From my view, I’d rather have one of his designs, flaws and all, than a ‘perfect’ piece with no soul. It’s the serendipitous movement of the paints that gives them the individuality, texture and interest.
    Good on you, Kris, I think they are marvellous!!!!


    1. Thanks, Teq! Professional marbling is something to see, really, it’s just so smooth, and there are hundreds of colors to work with; our own efforts are a bit rough (the edge of each area of paint has a slight jagging) and we have a very limited color palette because not all artist’s paints will work properly. Some of the prints are pretty good…just not enough, in proportion to how many we make, and it’s impossible to control or predict what will happen, too many things can go wrong and often do. 🙂 Still, it’s like magic when it works.


  2. I don’t know much about marbling, but these are absolutely stunning. Why would anyone not think so? How marvelous they will look as journal covers! I wish I could be at his exhibition.


    1. It’s technical differences, as well as our very limited 8-color palette that made me write that. Every session is like starting over, what worked yesterday won’t work today. Very trying process, and impossible to predict or rely on consistent results. We very often tear our hair over a session that seems jinxed. 🙂 When it works, it’s great. I just wish it would work more often! 😉
      Thank you for the cheering on…I’ll try and get pics at the show for you.


    1. If you get a chance to see the really proper stuff, you’ll know what I mean. Color is our biggest far we’ve found just 8 colors that really work…makes for a very limited palette! When you buy the specially formulated stuff, there are hundreds of colors, and they all behave the same way. Still, some of these are quite nice. Thanks for dropping by!


  3. Me too, Randomrose! I always marveled at Kris’ marbling, taking photos to archive his and Nat’s beautiful journals with covers as such! They seemed like so much….so much magic! 🙂


    1. 🙂 Thanks, Rose…we just can’t get the detail and the huge palette of colours, doing it with ordinary paint in tubes. So many colors just won’t work! Proper marbling has specially formulated paints, I think someone said they’re actually PVA based. I would love to be able to marble without any limits, but the cost of ordering all the special materials and tools makes each print unrealistic to sell. Still, some of them are not bad at all.


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