Combed marbled papers begin as a stone paper with an array of multicolored paint drops sprinkled over the entire surface of the marbling bath. The paints are then pulled into intricate, organized patterns by a series of passes through the bath with specially designed marbling tools. There are many known traditional combed patterns that marblers have passed on to one another. Some marblers, challenge themselves to become masters of the old styles, the paints, the colors and patterns of specific time periods to meet the needs of restoration bookbinders. Others, experiment with various types of paint, colors, patterns and innovative combs as they marble for the contemporary market, but all school themselves in these beautiful combed patterns, fundamental to the trade. Papers are 19 ½ x 25.
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