Marbling Surfactant

Concentrated Surfactant for Marbling

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  • Add to marbling paints to increase their spreading tendency on the Marbling Gel Bath.
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Surfactant for Marbling Art


How to Marble (Western Marbling Art)

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.  


If added to paint this Concentrated Surfactant will increases the spread of acrylic paints that are dripped onto the Marbling Gel. 

This surfactant will also thin the paint (reduce viscosity) as a side effect but its main action is to increase spreading though chemical means.

Use only a very small amount. 4ml Surfactant per litre of paint will make a noticeable difference (that is only 0.4ml per 100ml paint).
We suggest that you add only one drop from the dropper bottle to your paint and then test the spread. 
The surfactant will stir into the paint very easily.
Do not use this as your primary method of thinning the paint as the paint will overspread if you do.
Adding this surfactant to paint is particularly useful for paints that tend to sink into the marbling gel. Paints sink because they don't spread on the surface. Note, however, that as the marbling gel surface gets dirty (usually with invisible chemicals) all the paints will tend to spread less and sink more. Do not add surfactant to the paints to correct for this but use absorbent paper like newspaper to clean the gel (mop up the surface chemicals). After that the gel will behave like new and the paints will spread like they did when you started. 

Optimisation suggestion:

Identify the paints that you want to to have a higher spread.
Dilute them with water but only with about half the water you would normally use because the surfactant that you are going to add wil also thin the paints. 
Add a small amount of Concentrated Surfactant (3-4ml per litre of paint). As you will not be using the paint in litre quantities just add one drop from the dropper bottle to the paint that will be used and then see if the spread rate has improved adequately. 
Add more water if required to get to the normal flow that you prefer.
Add extra surfactant if the spreading still needs to be increase further. 

One other application

If this Surfactant is added into the marbling bath Gel (instead of adding it to the paint) then it will decrease the spread of all the paints that are dripped onto the surface. In other words the effect will be opposite to the effect you will get from adding it to the paint. 
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