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Marbling Video with Golden Highflow Acrylics

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 7, 2014, 7:29 PM

I finally had the opportunity to take a short video of the marbling process, with some very cool new liquid acrylic paint I have been meaning to test out. 
I must warn you that watching this video is rather hypnotic! You may want to try these paints out for yourself.

Here are my observations about marbling with Golden Highflow Acrylics:

  • I did not have to dilute the Highflow Acrlyics at all; they were perfectly suited for sitting atop the size. 
  • I found that you can easily drop the paint straight from the bottle, though you do get quite a large drop of colour this way. 
  • I also tested out colour in a syringe, as well as a small squeeze bottle with a syringe-thick tip. A small squeeze bottle worked very well for administering small amounts of colour, as well as for mixing a session-usable amount of paint with little waste. 
  • Too little of a colour will cause breakage, if spread too thin. 
  • The colours mix nicely and retain high saturation. 
  • I think these colours would be fantastic for Japanese style marbling, though fanning may cause breakage. Requires further testing.
  • Go easy on black when you're making your base. As you add more colour, it concentrates heavily. While this makes for a gorgeous, saturated black it will smudge or jump onto other colours at two points: when you're removing the paper from the size, and when you're gently rinsing the excess size off your paper. 

A couple other photos of these acrylics on the size show that you can successfully lay down your colour without any "white space". The rakes and combs slide well through the colours:

Ready to Create - Colours on the Size by Mandor3000Highflow-2 by Mandor3000

Here is the finished marbled paper from my example video. You will see that the black did indeed smudge as I mentioned in my findings above. I tried very carefully to remove the excess carbon black where I could, but even with the most gentle hand it would remove some of the other colours. The next time I make this pattern, I will likely do so without the black. 

 Img 20140305 081002 by Mandor3000

I did my first test round with only 5 colours, which I mixed to create a fair variety. Based on this test alone, I felt it was worth investing into the line based on the ease of working with the product and the brilliance of the colours. If you have any questions, please just ask! If you've marbled with this line I'd be grateful to hear your advice as well.

Thanks for reading!

Skin by SimplySilent
Skin by SimplySilent (modified by Mandor3000)
SueCole Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
if it wwas Carbon Black, I have had the same problems with that with the regular Golden fluid acrylics in marbling, so i was going to switch to Mars Black.  Someone told me to try adding a little bit of thalo blue to it to see if that would solve it.
Mandor3000 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, Carbon Black. I found that even adding a bit of gall or water, then reducing the amount of black used fixed the problem while maintaining the quality of the colour. You really don't need to slather on this black. Interesting about the thalo blue - I haven't tried that but I would. Thanks for the comment!
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