Marbling Problems Troubleshooting
When the Size Gets OldContamination is a normal result of floating paints on the marbling size, because a portion of the paint from each print will sink and become mixed in the solution, eventually creating problems with your patterning:
- Patterns won't comb smoothly
- Paints "tear," creating open circles
Minimize contamination by cleaning the size after each print, and making sure your paints are mixed to the proper consistency so they won't sink.
More Marbling TroubleshootingMarbled fabric has a large, colorless blotch
- an air bubble was trapped between the paint and fabric when it was lowered
Marbled fabric has a thin colorless line
- A string was probably stuck to the fabric, preventing paint contact
Marbled fabric has a subtle break in the pattern
- A hesitation line caused by lack of fluidity in lowering fabric
Paint didn't stick to the fabric at all
- Not enough alum (or too much)
Marbled patterns have ragged edges
- Size has not been cured long enough or is too old
Tiny specks on marbled fabric where paint didn't stick
- Dust on top of the size
Marbling is a very individual art. Thickness of size, types of paint, patterns, tools, colors -- all are variable ingredients. The only way to discover what works best for you is to experiment.
Be sure to leaf through the Hand Marbling Photo Gallery, where there are lots more illustrations to help walk you through your first marbling session. Have fun!