History of marbling
''Marbling began in ancient China during the Sung dynasty. In Japan, suminagashi or 'floating ink' techniques were developed in the twelfth century and the results, transferred to paper, were so revered that for a time only the royal family and the nobility used the beautiful papers. From East Asia, marbling probably travelled the silk routes to the Middle and Near East. The origins of present - day marbling can be traced back to 13th century Turkistan, as well as to areas east of Persia during the 14th century. These methods, later further developed in Europe and the Americas, use a thickened size (floater liquid) and the colours are made to float on the surface with the help of a surfactant allow more control of the colours being manipulated into patterns. By the fifteenth century the Turks controlled a large empire and great wealth, and marbling was developed by them to protect their important documents from forgery. Once a calligrapher had finished inscribing a marbled sheet, even the smallest attempt to alter the document would easily have been detected. No wonder secrecy and ritual have long been associated with marbling. During the mid - 1600's, marbled paintings incorporating Turkish and Persian motifs were produced in the Deccan region of India with marbled images in place of borders or backgrounds. Stencil and resist methods were used to do this. In the 16th centuries, travellers to Turkey brought samples of marbled papers back to Europe. Marbling there seems to have originated in Germany and by the mid-18th century, it was highly developed and flourishing throughout Europe, where marblers were recognized tradesmen. ''
Our marbling kit is simple to use, designed for most ages (adult support is required). The kit gives excellent results on all natural materials, for example; cotton, silk, satin, linen, unbleached calico, viscose, lightly tanned leather, wood, paper, unglazed ceramics and so on.
Marling 4 Fun Kit
- Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, White. 90ml each when diluted 1:1 water.
- 8 x pipettes as all colours mix into an infinite range of colours.
- 6 x Floater powder (water thickening agent which lasts up to 18 months for 6 sachet.
- Alum 30grams = 6 litres when diluted ( Mordant to treat fabric)
- Double A6 trays for printing.
- Step-by-step full colour instructions.