I love marbled paper. I've even been known to buy beat up old books just to harvest marblized covers or end papers. So I was excited to find out that Rachel was going to do a class in paper marbling at Handmade U.
Rachel showed us two different methods, one using shaving cream as a base and one using water and special inks.
(Check out everyone's very comfy Handmade U barn t-shirt. We got them the night before in this cute personalized tote bag made by Rachel's mom who has her own quilting shop Acorn Ridge Quilting)
I was a complete wash out with the water and the inks- no pun intended.
The process involves filling a pan with water, adding some little circles of special paper, dropping ink on the circles and using a skewer to guide the ink to float out. You dip your paper in the water and when you pull it out the ink will leave patterns on your paper.
A lot of people had results that were "ohh and ahh" worthy, but I just had wet slightly tinted paper.
(I don't have pictures of this because my hands were so inky the only thing they could touch was paper towels.)
I had much better luck and a lot of fun with the shaving cream method. The method is pretty simple. Fill up a pan with shaving cream, drop in food coloring, use a skewer to draw out a pattern in the shaving cream. Dip your paper in, and when you pull it out, use an extra large putty knife to wipe the shaving cream off. What's left is the food color pattern on your paper.
Then you use paper towels to wipe large amounts of colored shaving cream off your putty knife and hands; and, if you're me, shirt and face.
These are some quick examples that Rachel did during her demonstration. Different papers pick up the colors in different ways. I liked using the tags the best because the string worked like a "handle".
Michelle was marbling everything she could slide into the tray- sheet music, cabinet cards, tags, a vintage picture mat and envelopes.
Mollie drew a starburst pattern in her shaving cream and got this fun pattern.
I got a little carried away with the idea of slapping of shaving cream around and didn't always concentrate on trying to get a marble look pattern.
I'd start to wipe off my putty knife and think "I don't want to waste these pretty colors on a paper towel" and I slap the leftovers onto a piece of paper or a tag- so I ended up with a mix of marble look paper and just randomly colored paper.
Even though a lot of my papers look like a hot mess, someone pointed out that you don't have to USE the whole paper. You can use part of a paper, or use a paper punch to make tags with the parts you like.
Paper marbling with shaving cream was a fun- like playing. I definitely want to try it again, but I'll probably wait until paper towels go on sale.