Marbling is an ancient offset printing process. Simply put, Paint floats on a thickened liquid base. The design is created using a variety of rakes and combs. The paint will transferred onto the fabric when it is gently placed on to of the marbling base.
How do I make Marbled Fabric?
I start with 100% Cotton PFD (Prepared for Dying) Fabric. I first Hand Dye the fabric to get the color I selected to create. My Hand Dyed Fabric is cut to the desired size for marbling, soaked in an alum solution and allowed to air dry.
A thin layer of paint is floated on the marbling base. I like to use a selection of six different colors. I find myself fiddling with the color combination until my heart sings.
A variety of Rakes and Combs are used to create the design. I currently create four designs Waved Icarus, Dragonwing, Freestyle and Stones. The Hand Dyed Fabric is gently lowered onto the floated paint and then carefully removed.
It is gently rinsed in cold water and allowed to hang dry.
Once Dry the Marbled Fabric is left to cure for fourteen days. Then Washed, dried, ironed and is ready to use in your latest creation.
You can always find my Hand Marbled Fabric on my website www.marbled-arts.com
How long does it take to make Marbled Fabric?
Starting with PFD Fabric to luscious Hand Marbled Fabric, the entire process takes a minimum of eighteen days.
Do I need to pre-wash fabrics from Marbled Arts?
Our dying process guarantees that your fabric is pre-shrunk and washable. We always recommend that you rinse any fabric in warm water until it runs clear, before you include it in a project. Why take chances?
How do I care for my Marbled Arts Fabric?
We Recommend cold water, gentle, delicate or hand wash cycle using non-detergent soap (Synthrapol, Dr. Bronner’s or Orvis Past Soap). Our fabrics may be dried in your home dryer on a medium setting and then ironed on the cotton setting.