Marbled Paper

Collection by Dick Sheaff

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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.

Dick Sheaff