Marbled Paste Boxes in three sizes
This is hand marbled paper boxes that were used in the 18th century. They were used to hold an assortment of items such as sewing, buttons, and gifts. If there is more than one option in a size, note the size on the heading,ie: the small is on the left as you look, the med is in the middle and the large is on the right.
First we take the paper and sponge on alum water then allow it to dry. Then we add the paint to the water that has been thickened with carrageenan. The carrageenan allows the paint to float on the surface of the water and the alum water allows the paint to stick to the surface of the paper. once you have put the desired amount of paint onto the water you can then create your patterns. These marbled boxes were marbled right onto to box.
pebbles, are the first step where you drop dots of color onto the water. Then by using different types of combs you can get the feather like patterns swirls, and designs seen on books and boxes.