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What Do I Need? Something to marble, paint, Alum, Carrageenan, Methocel, a large, flat, shallow tray to lay your fabric or shirt in, and combs, straws, sticks, toothpicks, etc. to swirl colors around with.

How much do I need? Well, that's a little bit more complicated, but not too much. To do fabric that's 36" x 36" you'll need a frame 38" x 38" filled about 2" deep which requires about 7 gallons of size. To do fabric that's 18" x 72" you'll need a frame 20" x 74" also using 7 Gal. of size. A roasting pan filled 2" deep uses less than a gallon. Remember you'll have to change the size periodically.

Use about 1/8 cup of Alum per quart of water to pre-soak for fabric. Estimate how many quarts you need to soak your items and this will tell you how much Alum you need. Careful! Too much or too long rots the fabric!

The paints can be thinned with water to help them float. A drop or two of dispersant also helps the paints to float better.

Scarves Bandanas & Sarongs
Scarves Bandanas & Sarongs
Huge selection of blank scarves, bandannas, sarongs and handkerchiefs in various fabrics and sizes ready to be decorated.
Paints For Marbling
Paints For Marbling
Dharma Trading Co. has lots of fabric paints for marbling on fabric!
All-Purpose Ink
All-Purpose Ink
Tsukineko has released a tiny bottle full of powerful color! This quick-drying craft ink a fast favorite among fabric artists. Works great for Marbling!
All-Purpose Ink Sets
All-Purpose Ink Sets
Tsukineko has released a tiny bottle full of powerful color! This quick-drying craft ink a fast favorite among fabric artists.
Marbling Class Kit
Marbling Class Kit
Supplies and instructions for up to 30 people to try out marbling on fabric.
Jacquard Airbrush (& Marbling) Colors
Jacquard Airbrush (& Marbling) Colors
Jacquard developed these inks specifically for airbrush applications. The colors will work on almost anything!
Marbling Starter Set
Marbling Starter Set
Everything you need to try out marbling on fabric or paper.
Mini Marbling Kit
Mini Marbling Kit
If you have ever wanted to try marbling, this mini kit with it's excellent instructions walks you through the process.
Alum
Alum
Used as a mordant in natural dyeing and for preparing fabrics for marbling.
Carageenan (blender type)
Carageenan (blender type)
For making the jelly-like solution that marbling paints float on.
Methocel (Methocellulose)
Methocel (Methocellulose)
Some books recommend that you use this instead of Carageenan in marbling - it is more of a learning curve, but less expensive and keeps better in hot humid weather.
Versatex Dispersant
Versatex Dispersant
For Marbling, adding this to a paint or ink in small quantities helps the paint or ink float better on top of the size. This is a substitute for Oxgall.
Synthrapol Detergent
Synthrapol Detergent
Synthrapol is used as both a pre-wash and as an after-wash. A "must have" for dyers! New - low foam version is also available.
Marbling Mastery DVD
Marbling Mastery DVD
Peggy Skycraft, teacher and master marbler, makes this "most complex of the easy processes" exciting and inspirational...
The Kangaroo Dyer Colorgrid
The Kangaroo Dyer Colorgrid
The Colorgrid will help you to discover color combinations that are guarranteed to work, and at the same time, to build your own color confidence.
Artist's Color Wheel & Mixing Guide
Artist's Color Wheel & Mixing Guide
Handy device for determining how to mix colors. Use this Color Wheel for more opaque pigment based products likes paints.
Ultimate 3 in 1 Color Tool (3rd Edition)
Ultimate 3 in 1 Color Tool (3rd Edition)
Create perfect color combinations with this very cool tool for quilters, textile artists and crafters.
Eye Droppers
Eye Droppers
Perfect for mixing and applying small amounts of dye in precise amounts.
Disposable Pipettes - Pack of 10
Disposable Pipettes - Pack of 10
Soft plastic pipettes are a life saver when it comes to control over fine application. Great for use when you have those tricky, hard to reach jobs, or for applying paint when marbling.
Syringes - Set of 2
Syringes - Set of 2
Multi-purpose plastic Syringes for applying resists, dyes, and paints.
Color Mixing Cups
Color Mixing Cups
18 clear plastic cups with snap-on lids for mixing.
Dye And Paint Mixing Palette
Dye And Paint Mixing Palette
A molded plastic tray with 10 individual compartments.
Mist Sprayers - set of 3 tops and 8oz. bottles
Mist Sprayers - set of 3 tops and 8oz. bottles
8 oz. bottles with pump action mist spray heads.
Giganta Sumi Brush
Giganta Sumi Brush
Everyone should have one of these even if you don't use brushes. They're just that neat.
3 Sumi Brush Set
3 Sumi Brush Set
These are great brushes for applying silk paints and dyes! Nicer than plain goat hair ones, and in a nice box.
Sumi Brushes
Sumi Brushes
The standard everyday brushes of China made of natural hair bristles.
Blue Vinyl Apron - 6 mil.
Blue Vinyl Apron - 6 mil.
This heavy duty 6 mil vinyl apron measures 35" wide by 45" long. Perfect for all those projects where a cloth apron isn't quite right.
Disposable Plastic Aprons
Disposable Plastic Aprons
Protect yourself from messy dyes and paints!
5 Kinds Of Gloves
5 Kinds Of Gloves
Inexpensive rubber gloves to protect your hands from dyes and paints.
Safety Glasses
Safety Glasses
You have beautiful eyes! Keep 'em safe!
Plastic Drop Cloths/Tarps (9' X 12')
Plastic Drop Cloths/Tarps (9' X 12')
Protecting furniture or floors is way cheaper than replacing 'em!

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