When the Bath doesn't Cooperate

Oh, it happens even to the best of marblers (I'm not saying I'm the best marbler...just that I can take solace in the fact that this happens to the really good ones too). Sometimes your bath just gets cranky. Mine was extremely temperamental this week. One second is was working just fine and producing nice patterns like this: Octopus...kinda

And then the very next sheet, the bath completely disintegrated into NOTHING like this:

Messy bath

I'm not kidding you. It became, for all intents and purposes, worthless. So what do you do when you're fighting with your bath? Stop resisting and just go with the flow.

I decided to take a stab at a particular technique I've been wanting to try out but didn't want to mess up a fresh, good bath on. I'm not sure what I make of these but there is something appealing about them.

When Baths Go Wrong

Perhaps it's the space around the paint blob (blob being another technical term). Perhaps it's the interesting texture. Perhaps it's just the fact that they didn't turn out completely horrible (as I expected them to).

When Baths Go Wrong

Whatever it is, I'm going to sit and stare at these for a while before I figure out my next step with them. I think they would make interesting overmarbles. Or maybe just interesting pieces to hang in my studio as is.

When Baths Go Wrong