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ERIC Number: EJ711862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Marvelous Marbled Underwater Scenes
Walkup, Nancy
School Arts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v104 n8 p19 Apr 2005
In an effort to intrigue her fifth graders with a novel and spontaneous approach to line and movement, Nancy Walkup introduced paper marbling as a means to create remarkable decorative surface designs. To marble paper, some kind of pigment, usually oil or acrylic paint, is floated upon the surface of a liquid such as water or liquid starch. In the method historically used in Europe, water and carrageenan, a gel made from seaweed, are combined to make a thickened liquid, or size, upon which oil paints are floated and moved with tools to make flowing patterns. She first tried a number of different methods, including some commercial kits, but had the most success with the simplest ingredients--colored chalk and water. The procedures and objectives for making marble paper are described in this article. For this lesson, students used different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A