My big marbling tank sprang a leak. Mr. Handyman has spent the last two weekends nailing and gluing the sides and bottom together, caulking the corners, priming and coating with white enamel paint and finally 2 coats of polyurethane. It’s outside filled with water to “season” (per instructions in Marbling on Paper and Fabric by Carol Taylor).
I went searching for something else I could use as a tray. I did find some plastic pans that are used for rabbit cages that are in different sizes and might work nicely for smaller projects. I also discovered a washing machine pan at Lowe’s that was perfect!
That 2 yards of silk fabric that I got? Cut it into fat quarters (a yard of 45″ fabric cut into four equal pieces 18″ by 22-1/2″), to marble.
I tried a technique called “Spanish wave” which is done with paper. I double-sided taped a piece of paper to the back of the fabric to stiffen it. The size made it a little unwieldy, but I was able to get a little “wave” pattern going on the fabric. Taking it one step further, I cut a piece of self-adhesive shelf paper to stick to the back of the fabric. This didn’t work out as well – not enough body to lay the fabric down properly and I wound up with large white air bubble holes.
Anyway, after marbling these fat quarter pieces I made little purses! I did a clutch style and a shoulder bag style and they both came out really cute!