You probably thought I'd finally run out of things to say about marbled paper and hand-lined envelopes. Actually, I wasn't planning to do any more "marbled" posts for a while but then I opened Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style and saw these bold, sliced-agate-like endpapers.
The design's composition reminded me of the soft apricot and pink Thai paper shown here, so I decided to search for the same pattern in deeper jewel-tones. After all, lining holiday envelopes in something raspberry with gold veining would be such a Mary thing to do.
[One of my "batik paper" envelopes.]
At this point, I haven't really come across anything close enough available retail. Although, as mentioned in a past post, numerous alternatives can be found at Hollander's, Dick Blick, Paper Mojo, Binders, and Fine Art. And there is a digital library of antique samples with rich hues here.
[Detail view, 19th-century marbled paper, Gold vein Overprinted on Spanish moiré pattern.
Rizzoli New York 2010. Click to enlarge.]
But when studying Brazilian artist Renato Crepaldi's hand-marbled bookbinding papers over at Paper Mojo, my eyes gravitated to some linear patterns that made me think of the wallpaper in Mary McDonald's walk-in closet/dressing room.
[Image via Paper Mojo.]
Specifically, I thought of Melanie Acevedo's photograph that shows Mary's large collection of bead-filled Murano ashtrays juxtaposed against the modern zigzag wallpaper. The floating dots on Crepaldi's paper are a bit like the beads in the pink glass containers.
Crepaldi also does the same pattern in warm red with blue, and he has a great wine and rose waved chevron.