Friday, March 8, 2019

When is a Broom Not a Broom?

When I marble on fabric, which I love to do, it a a few solid days of committment as the set-up is quite involved.. I tried many methods for dropping the paint onto the surface of methyl cellulose...many use eyedroppers but I've always preferred to use the whisks from a broom.
When I used to teach marbling, I purchased it in bulk to accomodate lots of students...but now it is just for my use. It is not an easy item to find - actually what to do. Well I went to a large chain store and purchased a broom...a good old fashioned broom - one that brought back lots of memories of my grandmother and the way she cleaned.
Wow...are these things well strong and very difficult to take apart..but once that was accomplished...
I made them into little bundles around 6" long and wrapped with twine and rubberbands. I used the rubberbands first to hold them in place and then secured with twine. The rubber bands will eventually disintergrate so the twine is there as a back-up....Bring on the marbling!


  1. I’ve been fortunate to have you share one of your bundles with me as we spent time marbling……hey…it’s time to set a date….we haven’t done that in ages!

  2. WOW..what a clever idea!!! Will keep that in mind...yea, right! Like I'll remember if I do marbling again! But I think this would work with some dyes/paints! HMMMMMMMMMM Only time I used the bristles from a broom were for the cactus prickles on a quilt I made! HA I sewed about a 5-6" collection of broom sticks then bent them in the middle! Worked great and you know what! Someone actually bought that quilt! HA I often wonder where they hung it! HA

  3. I took your marbling class probably 15 years ago and still am in love with the process. I always use broom straw as well and it is my favorite too. Thank you for introducing me to this art. I took a class with Elin Noble later on and built on your good foundation!