Marbling is done by floating paints on a thickened liquid solution (called a gel). Once you are happy with the floating design it is frozen in time by laying a piece of paper or fabric onto the surface of the gel and allowing it to float and absorb the pattern. The paper or fabric is lifted up off the gel to reveal a unique once off print. You can also marble odd shaped 3D objects by dipping them gently into the marbling bath allowing the paint to wrap around it e.g. wooden items and ceramic in bisque state. Only marble porous surfaces that normal acrylic paints will adhere to. You can marble other surface types by either sanding off finishes or painting on a suitable paint primer first (primers available from hardware stores).
How to Marble
Please go to the Technical Page of this website (See Main Menu on top) and download/read the document called "Beginners Guide to Marbling". Alternatively you can contact us and we will email the information that you require.
Why is Fixative Powder used?
A solution of Fixative Powder is used to pre-treat surfaces to be marbled to improve the transfer of paint from the Marbling Gel Bath to the surface that is being marbled.
How to prepare and use the Fixative Solution
- 120g (makes 2 liters of Fixative Solution)
- 1kg (makes 16 litres of Marbling Bath Gel)
Add Fixative Powder to water. Simple shaking or fast stirring may provide adequate mixing. If water is very cold you can heat it up to help dissolve the powder. If you battle to dissolve the powder then boil the water. Make sure all powder is dissolved. Only use Fixative Solution once it has cooled.
120g (makes 2 litres)
1kg (makes 16 Litres)