Everybody does! Usually it’s the first thing someone will comment on when I show them some of my bindings. They’ll open the cover and run their hands over the paper and make a comment about how amazing it is.
So, I’ve gotten a tentative order for 30-35 pieces for the lovely iPad cases that I wrote about in my first post. But it is tentative, and I’m waiting for a confirmation before I order more supplies….except for the marbled paper, I went and ordered that first thing.
So what’s the allure? It’s a lot to look at, it’s also nothing to look at, it’s pure ornament, but it’s not a pattern. You get it, it’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle. Pretty too.
It’s a good way of making a surface look interesting, and however busy a marble may be, it’s never cluttered or crowded. In fact it’s the opposite. If you want to clear your mind sometime, just do a google image search of marbled paper. I especially like vintage marbled paper.
One of the best uses for marbled paper– hiding mistakes! It’s a magic trick, you’re so busy looking at the marble that you don’t notice that a corner is not square, it’s not a true pattern so a smudgy fingerprint looks like it’s part of the image. It occupies that same space in our aesthetic cannon as say, a distorted guitar sound (also very good at hiding mistakes), it brings some very controlled chaos into a creation that seems just a wee bit to orderly, and in the process, it makes everything a little more human. So now if you’ll exuse me, I’m gonna go listen to Wolfmother and work on some case bindings.