MAKE subscriber RabLabit sent us a link to this video of an artist who "paints on water." What he's doing is actually paper marbling, a form of "aqueous surface design." You've certainly seen marbled book or journal end-papers, for instance. Those pattens are created using this process.
The video is a little... meditative, but the results are lovely and it's a process I'd never actually seen.
Basically, paint is floated on water, then lifted off with paper. Wikipedia has details of the procedure, background history, and a gallery of examples. Looks easy enough that even an artistic klutz like me might be able to do it. F... Read Post
You may have seen hand-printed marbled paper on the inside covers of books, or inside old luggage or cabinets. This pattern was achieved by floating inks and other chemicals on a liquid surface and then pressing paper against it. Va... Read Post