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Old Feb 22, 2009, 1:39 PM   #1
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Marbled endpapers are found inside the covers of old books. Marbling is almost a lost art. The papers are prepared by placing streaks or drops of colored oils to float on top of water. The paper is laid down on top and the oil pigmants transfer to the paper. Patterns can be created by swirling or drawing a comb through the floating pigments. The patterns pictured on current Kleenex boxes were created by this process (or if modern, maybe simulated by computer?). I was trying to find a suitable endpaper for the monthly challenge (repetition) but put the Kleenex box pattern up as a place holder - I thought if monotonous in the original brown color, and converted it to B&W. Then I found a suitable endpaper, but again didn't care for the color version and converted to B&W in PSE6 with a couple of their options. First the Kleenex, then the endpaper (19th C. Government report - your ancestor's tax dollars at work). I like the last one, but I don't know that I like it enough to change the entry.

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Old Feb 22, 2009, 1:40 PM   #3
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3 the endpaper (dates from 1858 ) :
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Cool! I never knew that.

I like the fourth image with the darker parts.

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Very cool. I didn't know that, either. I think I like the first one best.

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Very very cool, I didn't know that either! :G
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Very interesting - I didn't know any of that either.

I do like the kleenex box, both versions, best. I like the last one better of the real thing - the original and the first b&w one are too busy for my taste, and they remind me of those high-contrast designs that looks like it's moving (once popular in the '60s as I recall).
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Here is one that illustrates swirls, and a couple of B&W conversions. It dates from 1830. Most of the ones I could find that illustrate undisturbed drops (the true "marbling") I find bland and uninteresting.

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