Marbled Paper – Historic Tiger Eye on Shell – T84

Miki Lovett | Historic Reproduction Marbled Paper | Nantucket, MA
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This marbled paper is made using techniques from the 18th & 19th Centuries that have been largely lost since the Industrial Revolution.

All paints used are hand made in the studio and include a pure beeswax glazing medium, also hand made. When polished, the beeswax is forced into the paper itself making it anti-microbial, resistant to oils from handling,and resistant to moisture in the atmosphere. Papers made in the 1800s using this method are still pristine.

Tiger Eye
Tiger Eye is one of the most difficult patterns to make in marbling. The chemicals in the solution require proper balance of oil and acid to create the ‘iris’ radiation pattern.

Shell pattern is made by adding walnut oil to the last colors thrown. As the color is layered, the latter colors produce a lovely halo at the edges with darker centers reminiscent of abalone shells.

Tiger Eye – Furnace Black
Shell – Green made of Pure Indigo with Yellow Oxide
Background – Red Brown, Yellow Oxide
Tiger Eye Pattern: Fichtenberg Technique using potassium hydroxide and gall.
Shell Dispersant: Walnut Oil
Paper: Hahnemühle NaturText 120gsm
Size: 19.25″ x 25.25″

This paper is excellent for all book arts as decorative covers or end papers. It can also be used in book restoration. Not limited to book arts, this paper is also excellent for origami, collage, lampshades, mixed media or even framing.

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