More color splash in the mail..."marbling" from Richard in France

Look carefully at this envelope painting that Richard sent...

a splash of marbling, and with his amazing calligraphic writing,

it is an ancient eastern technique called "marbling",

often used in book binding for interior cover backing...

from google:

"Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding andstationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype...."

It is a technique that is still being done in the back streets of 

the Covered Bazaar in Istanbul! And the papers are used for Arabic calligraphy,

beautiful art works.

Inside the envelope, Richard included two notes, 

one for a mail art call, which I shall surely send to Lyon, France.

Thank you dear friend, you are a member at IUOMA...yay,

others may see the mail art call and participate, too.xxx

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