I struggled to find the required prep materials to marble like a pro with gouache and acrylic paints and had a sad start with sticky cornflour and sinking ink. I'm sure you can buy the proper kit online but I'm a bit impatient, and believe that sometimes great results come from lovingly misguided experiments. It was obviously meant to be though, as a small stationers near the studio surprised us by stocking a huge selection of marble inks - in comparison to the large London art stores who mostly had no idea what I was talking about.
Stemming from ancient Japanese techniques, marbling paper is messy, fun and therapeutic, kind of how I remembered it from school, but better. Dripping inks into the water tray, trying all sorts of different absorbing techniques, feeling hands-on artistic (a luxury in day to day business) and listening to good music, made it my favourite day in a long time. Here's some snapshots, but my hands were mostly too grubby to pick up a camera - ink gets everywhere.
The artwork is part of an exciting new range Lamplighter London is launching soon, I can't wait to share more. Keep up to date with behind the scenes goings on, including our open studio on July 3rd, modern calligraphy classes which will be held in an exclusive London location, limited edition prints and tons of other stuff, by signing up to our monthly Lamplighter Letters in the box at the bottom of every page. Happy Friday eve x