Marbling canvas

Our marbling exhibition last Friday at DVAA was a great little show, and I’d like to thank everyone who turned up. Today I will post six new marblings on canvas that were framed to hang on the wall. They are all a little larger than our ordinary marbling, about 12×17 inches (300x420mm). Acrylic on mordanted cotton canvas.

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“Supraintelligent manifestation of colour Blue”, as it appeared briefly in the “Restaurant at the end of the Universe” by Doug Adams.

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Another take on the same theme.


“Homa” bird comes from Persian mythology.


In marbling, when you get something you really like, you know it is a unique piece; no matter how hard you try to replicate the previous print, it will never come out quite the same. Once I was happy with my “Homa” bird, I tried a dozen of them, and they are all very different.


“Vata” was a planet-wide sentient kelp in a series of novels by Frank Herbert. I’ve been developing the”vata”  pattern for years and for some reason warm colours feel the best for it.vata2

Photos by Nat from



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  1. I have been experimenting with marbling on canvas and am hoping you can help me. Do you use unprimed or prepared (gessoed) canvas? If the canvas is prepared, do you have a problem with the alum staying on the canvas? I am working on methyl cellulose size with Golden High Flow acrylics. Right now I paint over the gessoed canvas with Golden Absorbent Medium and then apply the alum. However this method prevents me from painting background colours (for example- black backgrounds) before marbling. Thank you.

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