Today we tried a new Beyond the Yalla Dog programme – paper marbling – in the shop and workshop of Alberto Cozzi in central Florence.
Our teacher was Riccardo Luci , who generously opened the workshop for only two of us to enable me to have a trial for future clients – I was pleased that he was rewarded with customers, who came to see what we were up to, who bought some of the lovely goods available in his shop!
Riccardo made the process seem simple enough, but somehow the work that he could do in a matter of minutes took us novitiates considerably longer!
First step was to mix the colla (glue paste) and pour it into the mixing tray – then select our range of colours from the bright acrylic paints.
The paint then has to be gently dripped onto the glue and allowed to spread naturally – but not too far or for too long!
Next , we mixed the paint mixture – up and down – with the end of a paint brush – until it lies on the glue like multi- coloured knitting wool!