Marbled Paper

Marbled paper has been used for centuries in bookbinding, generally as endpapers, sometimes as decorative covers. It is made by floating pigments upon a mucilaginous “size”, arranging the colors as desired using combs and other tools, then laying on a sheet of paper to pick up the pattern. No two prints are exactly alike.This a showing of various vintage marbled papers, plus some of my own fiddling around with the process done during the process of developing a masters egree thesis.
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an abstract painting with red, blue and grey colors on it's surface is shown
Fantasy, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1908
an abstract painting with flowers and fish in the water, on a blue background that looks like waves
Flowers, modern, Peggy Skycraft
an abstract painting with blue, red and yellow colors on it's surface is shown
Flower, modern, Peggy Skycraft
pink and yellow flowers are in the middle of blue, white, and gold paint
Flowers, modern, Peggy Skycraft
an abstract painting with red, yellow and blue swirls on the bottom half of it
Swirl, modern, Peggy Skycraft
an abstract pattern made up of different colors
Paris, 1924
an abstract pattern made up of circles and dots in brown, blue, yellow and black
Paris, 1922
blue and green marbled paper with white swirls on the edges, as well as black
Paris, 1913
an abstract painting with different colors and shapes
Paris, 1874
an abstract pattern made up of many different colors
Double combed, 1861
an image of some sort of animal cell with brown and yellow patterns on it's surface
Paris, 1841
an abstract painting with swirls and colors on the ground in blue, red, yellow and orange
Swirl, Paris, 1772
an animal cell is shown in close up
Cat's Eye, Paris, 19th century
an abstract painting with wavy lines and colors
Double combed, modern, Norma Rubovitz