Ebru or Paper Marbling
Just when I thought I had enough to learn with my new airbrush “toy”, I found a YouTube video about an ancient Turkish marbling technique (Ebru). Basically it is a process of marbling paper using ink, pigment, dyes, acrylics or whatever colored medium that could be "floated" on a bath of water. Further research on the method sent me off in a search for a bottle of liquid starch which can be used to "float" the paint on the water with some remarkable results.
Once you have all the desired colors on top of the liquid starch, you can begin to "marble". Marbling can be done in several different ways. I started with a single bamboo skewer and swirled the paint around a bit to create a pattern in the paint. I was definitely not happy with that look, so I switched to a long pronged comb - you know the type of comb used to detangle very, very curly hair - and WOW! I got some really amazing patterns using that method.
I started out printing onto 8" x 10” hot press and cold press water color papers. Eventually I got so engrossed with this technique that I graduated to 18" x 24" mixed media paper, using a slightly different approach: Since I didn’t have a baking sheet or tub big enough for this size paper, I spread the liquid starch onto the paper with a paint brush; again waiting for the bubbles to dissipate before applying the paint. (You can use a good amount of starch as the base.) Once the color was applied on top of the starch layer, I swirled the colors using the same method above, until I was happy with the results.
Next, I took another piece of the 18x24” paper and laid it directly on top of the colored sheet, gently pressing them together to make sure the color was sticking to both sheets. Once I lifted the top sheet, I had a second print from a single application of paint.
I spread all of my decorated pieces out completely flat and allowed them to dry. This can take up to 24 hours, but mine were ready to play with about 12 hours later. It’s important to allow the paint to dry completely before you do anything with it. I noticed the water color paper curls quite a lot.
There are many different ways to use these newly created decorative papers. I decided to create something special using one of my 18" x 24" pieces.
First, I looked through all of my digi stamps before I decided upon the In the Neighborhood “Houses” image. Using Photoshop CS6 - I increased the size of the image to fit the width (24") of the paper. I printed the images onto regular printer paper and colored the houses using water color crayons. Next, I cut out all three images, including some of the windows, and adhered them to my decorated paper. I added Stickles to some of the windows.
To further embellish the piece, I stamped Dyan Reaveley's “Leaves” at the bottom; filling them in with Twinkling H2Os. I stamped the Aurora Borealis “Falling Snow” background with white ink and heat embossed it with blue glitter embossing powder. I added small drops of blue Stickles to simulate stars in the night sky. I also added a couple of the swirly cloud images from Aurora Borealis; embossing with blue satin EP. I “sealed” the whole piece with a layer of Ranger's Distress Crackle paint in “Rock Candy”. Now I just have to find somewhere to hang it!
A big "thank you" to Annette for sharing this fun technique.
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