While researching diverse traditional techniques, I came a cross the marbelling process, which is quite easy but has a unique and beautiful effect. I have been trying to use this process as well, which I think was really successful.
First of all I filled a tray with water, in which I was dropped some marbelling ink. I decided to use quite bright and colourful ones. Using a comb-like tool I spread out the colour to create some additional pattern. To get the pattern on paper there a few ways. One of them was to just put the paper gentle on the water, making sure the bottom side of the paper is fully pushed on the colour and lift it up again. The other one gets another effect which you achieve through pulling the paper through the paint. After using the tray with marbelling ink once, I used it again to get a lighter but more intense pattern.
To go a step further I also tried to get some prints on fabric. Recording to this I didn’t use fabric ink, I continued using the normal marbelling ink. The outcomes had a more blurry effect, but more intense pattern due the fact of pattern shining through.
I also found a way to get a cheaper version of the marbelling effect. I spread out some foam and dribbled some food colouring ink in it. To create a pattern I used a thin stick and just stirred around a bit. I pressed a piece of paper on it and scraped all the foam away and what was left was a beautiful pattern.
Concentrating on traditional techniques, I tried some ways out to create simple but effective pattern. For the process above I have been splashing some ink on paper and squeezed another paper on top to get all the left over ink away. What was left were nicely patterned ink splashes.
To create this pattern I filled a tray half full with water and put some washing up liquid in and stirred it. I chose colours I’d like to have and poured some ink in the tray. Then I’ve been blowing bubbles through a straw into the tray. After having a lot of ink bubbles coming out the tray I gently pressed a piece of paper on it (do not touch water!) and left in to dry after. To get more colours on one piece of paper, just change the water in the tray and repeat with one of the dried pieces you have used before.