To the delight of her husband, Katja Blum likes to find creative solutions for ugly or broken things around the house. Her latest obsession is making soft stuffies and art dolls – to the delight of her toddler. The technique of paper marbling fascinates her even though it is somewhat time- and labor-intensive. And since she loves surprises, it is possible to apply the color to the water or sizing in a controlled manner, the outcome can still be a happy surprise.
On the other hand “Tie-dyeing”, or rather fold-dyeing, paper is a technique that requires few materials and no preparation. You can do it at your worktable or at the kitchen sink while making tea. The few materials include:
- Paper whereby most paper qualities will work.
- Liquid fabric or silk paints
- Bowl of water (or the sink)
- Wooden dowel and rubber bands (for the rolled technique)
- Paper clips to hold folded papers together for drying
This is how you do it
- Fold the paper into various shapes. You can also crumple it up or roll it up on the dowel and fasten it with rubber bands.
- Put on gloves, protect your work surface from paint spatters and apply random drips of fabric paint to the folded or crumpled paper and into the folds.
- Once the papers are dry, unfold them carefully and enjoy the colors and patterns you have created. Of course you can use your tie-dyed papers as backgrounds for mixed-media pieces or as collage material.