Sunday, October 20, 2013

Modeling Paste Resist & Marbling with STENCILGIRL (TM) Products' "Waterways" Stencil by Wendy Aikin

Ever so slowly, I am still in the process of posting results from my "marbling play date" at the home of my friend Mary Ann Russo.

Above is a paper that I will eventually use either as part of a large, multi-image mixed-media collage, or as a greeting card background.

I started with a sheet of glossy cardstock and did a monoprint with Golden Phalto liquid acrylic paint, slightly water-diluted and spread on a sheet of Plexiglas (TM).*  After brayering the paint-water mix across the Plexi, I placed the cardstock -- glossy side down -- atop the paint and used a rocking motion as I lifted the print off the Plexi.  This rocking motion created the horizontal ridged pattern that you can see if you click on the above image to enlarge it.

After the monoprint had dried, I created a central area of vertical ripples, using Wendy Aikin's stencil Waterways --

-- and white modeling paste.  This created a subtle resist on the cardstock.  (I placed the stencil in a basin of water immediately after using it, to keep the modeling paste from becoming part of the stencil forever!)

The modeling paste dried within an hour, becoming ready for the next step, marbling.  I used the blue Boku-Undo marbling ink (available at Dick Blick and perhaps at other venues) along with Yasutomo Black Sumi Ink, swirled together on my marbling base of plain tapwater in a shallow basin.  It was the black ink that created the dark gray areas in the image above.  The effects of the blue ink are more subtle.  I can see them when looking "in person" at the cardstock, altho they may not be easy to find in the above JPG.

*The same results would have come from using a Gelli Plate.  I created this background paper long ago, before buying my Gelli Plate.


  1. Absolutely stunning, Cecilia! Wow!
    Thank you for sharing your process.
    I really love this color palette, too.

  2. This marbling process rocks. I LOVE that paper!