iBB Podcast #5.2 – Katy Savelyeva @KatyEbru – Paper Marbling Q&A

For the fifth episode of our podcast, we invited a marbler from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Katy Ebru showed us several marbling patterns right during the recording – you can see them in the first part of the video. This part is dedicated to Q&A.

Currently, I’m editing the sixth episode, where we talk to Ingeir Djuvik, an award-winning hobbyist bookbinder from Norway. I suppose it will go live later this week.

This Wednesday, we are recording another episode of the show, and my co-host Pavel Voronin decided to make me a guest. It’s a bit strange role for me, but I’m sure it should be fun!

We will talk about my more than twelve years of being a bookbinder and my story with iBookBinding. About making, designing, and 3d-printing tools for bookish people. I will show around my workshop. And we will answer some questions.

So, if you have anything to ask about 3d-printed bookbinding tools, iBookBinding, or bookbinding as a craft in general, please comment, send us a message through our social accounts, or write an email!

But, back to the episode with Katy Ebru =)

You will find the timestamps below.



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00:18 – Working with major Russian libraries
01:28 – Recreating existing patterns

03:17 – Question from Karen @indigo_craftroom: Katy’s favorite paper to work with
04:33 – On the thickness of the paper

07:35 – Question from Eva and John Baines: Do you ever do tiger eye or sunspot patterns? What recipe do you use to get it?

10:53 – Question from Eva: Do you use oil or turpentine for certain patterns? How does that work?

11:16 – Question from Shannon O’Blenes: I would like to know what type and brand of paint the professionals use to get such bright colours.
11:44 – Making tiger eye pattern with acrylics

13:26 – Some differences between Turkish and Western marbling
14:16 – Marbling objects different from paper / Marbling fabrics
15:14 – Books covered with marbled cloth

16:03 – Question from Itzmalli Coca: How to fix color once printed?

18:21 – Question from Susan Burrows @susie_kitchens: Have pretty much tried every size and type of paint and just can’t get a satisfactory result. Really wish I could get it right!

19:07 – Video tutorials and other videos from Katy

20:10 – Question from Janet Mente: Some days when I am marbling, things just do not work. I know there is a German book by a 19th-century marbler entitled in translation “My struggle with Oxgall,” so I know these things happen.
So my question is: what do you do on those days? Do you give up? Start from scratch? Or try to fix the mix and, if so, how?

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