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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


A Thai Paper Chase (and New Art for Atlanta)

From time to time I mention the decorative papers I pick up at Binders in Atlanta, but I think I've neglected to highlight some of the Thai Marbled's specific characteristics.

The hand-marbled Thai papers available at art supply and bookbinding shops such as Hollander's, Dick Blick, Paper Mojo, Binders, and Fine Art are distinguished by bold, large-scale swirls often shot through with metallics (think Tony Duquette or Kelly Wearstler), and they are soft and pliable, almost like fabric. This floppy quality is a little unnerving at first; it's the antithesis of the crisp paper most of us are used to and makes the paper seem quite delicate, but the marbleds are actually very durable. Momi marbleds, shown at top and below, have a crinkled texture.

[Thai marbled momi, gold on white, from Fine Art.]

Last June we talked about creative ways to use these. French and Italian marbleds have long been popular for bookbinding and box making, and Mrs. Blandings just posted a riff on the classic craft.

[A stack of marbled-momi-covered books in Providence's window.]

[Photo above by Mark Edward Harris from Kelly Wearstler's Hue published by AMMO 2009. Photo below by John Huba from Town & Country, January 2010.]

Since New Year's Day, I've been spending more time looking at all of the stone, marble and endless swirling colors in Kelly Wearstler's Hue. The designer's collection of boxes fascinates me too, so I'm curious to see if I can use decoupage with the Thai paper-- or put my own twist on a readily available box making kit -- and create something with a luxe edge.

Game to do your own marbling? Hollander's offers a range of supplies.

The High is trying something new and creative: Collectors' Evening 2010 on Saturday, January 30. Seven Museum curators have proposed a work of art to be purchased by the High, and during the event guests will be able to cast a vote for their favorite piece. The work with the most votes will become part of the High's permanent collection.

Even if you have no plans to attend, be sure to check out the candidates. Click here to see each curator make his or her case.


P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

love the marbled papers. GT

Mrs. Blandings said...

Trying to do the math on buying here or paying shipping. Someday I'll come up with a truly inexpensive hobby or craft. Can't wait to see your next project.


Made the marbling attempt long ago.
A baking pan filled with water, oil, and food coloring, and then dip and plunge in a good strong paper.

Reminding me to do it again. ;P

Karena said...

Love the marbled papers. I am very excited to watch the videos.

columnist said...

The Thai paper is "sar" paper - or mulberry. There are some very creative designers here, which I'm sure you'd enjoy.

Emile de Bruijn said...

I didn't know Kelly Wearstler's work - her sense of colour is extraordinary: Eighties meets Fifties meets Regency

beachbungalow8 said...

I'm loving the marbled papers here and in the post above. They remind me of those slices of minerals worn around the neck, on a cord that seem to be everywhere these days.