Historic Reproduction Marbling

Miki Lovett | Nantucket, MA

Miki Lovett | Historic Reproduction Marbled Paper | Nantucket, MAHistoric reproduction 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.

Stormont
Stormont pattern is made by adding gum turpentine to the last color thrown. The turpentine causes the color to break up into cells.

Gloster Pattern

Gloster is a variant of the Stormont pattern which is made by adding gum turpentine to the last color thrown. The turpentine causes the color to break up into cells. When Stormont is done over bands of color, it is called Gloster.

Shell
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.

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

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