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Marbling on vintage page from 1947 Bozo children's book: Owl

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Owl from a children's book about the clown Bozo and birds. I have marbled this page in a dark blue feather pattern to emphasize the nocturnal nature of the owl. The close feather pattern echoes the owl's plumage, bringing life and excitement to the print. The grey mat measures 12"x 10", paper is 8" x 5.5". Ready for framing.

Great unique gift for children or bird lovers.

When I began marbling, I always used blank paper until I was recycling an old coverless book. I wondered if I could marble the illustrated pages. I could, I did and I love doing it. I only use distressed books that are about to be recycled.

Marbling on paper is an ancient art form that was made popular in the 18th century for endpapers on books. To create the designs, I float acrylic paints on a gel-like liquid made from carrageenan, an extract from Irish Moss seaweed. Carrageenan allows the colors to float on the surface where they can be manipulated with marbling rakes and combs into hundreds of patterns, both traditional and modern. The paper is carefully laid on top of the marbled design and the paint transfers to it. Fresh paint must be laid down for each piece of paper, ensuring that each design is unique. Patterns and colors may be similar, but like snowflakes, no two are exactly the same. Please visit my blog at www.NancyLangford.com for more information.

The joy of marbling lies in the beauty of the creations and the surprise every time I lift the paper and see the new sheet.

Marbling on vintage page from 1947 Bozo children's book: Owl


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  • Materials: vintage paper, acrylic paint, mat board
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