This kit has been assembled for those of us who would like to try our hand at marbling paper or cloth.
* Six ½ oz. bottles of marbling colors (red, blue, yellow, black, green, white). Each bottle is topped with a dropper, so that you can squeeze the color directly onto the size (the gelatinous substance that the colors float on top of--if you're lucky). The white color that came with this kit was grainy. I suspect it had partially dried in the bottle. The black and green wanted to sink, but this tendency could have been due to the humidity or temperature. Size (the gel that supports the colors) is very temperamental
* 5 oz. Alum Mordant--this is what you spray onto your paper to prepare it for marbling. Otherwise, the colors won't stick to the paper
* 2 oz. Methocel--Blend this ingredient with warm water to make your size. I didn't use the methocel that came with this kit. I preferred making my size with Carrageenan, which had to be bought separately
* Instructions on how to prepare your cloth or paper, and size. You are also instructed on how to make some of the most common marbling patterns such as `stone,' `get-gel,' or `rake Nonpareil.' Finally, you are taught how to pick up your pattern on your paper or fabric, rinse it, and then clean up afterwards (the hardest part!)
There are items that this Jacquard Marbling Kit does not include, which you will have to purchase or make separately:
* Paper. I have successfully marbled 140 lb. hot-pressed watercolor paper, and 110 lb. white card stock (for laser printer), after treating it with the alum mordant
* A pan in which to float your size (I used a small plastic kitty litter pan)
* A board to support your marbled paper while rinsing off the excess color
* Various jugs to mix up your alum mordant and size (I used plastic milk bottles)
* Paper drying rack (I used wire shelving, but non-rusting screens would work. You can even hang your paper to dry over a clothesline)
* A board (I used an old wooden ruler) to skim the crud off of your size. You can reuse your size if you skim it between marbling patterns
* Whisks, combs, and rakes to draw your patterns in the colors floating on the size. These can be purchased separately or constructed out of T-pins and strips of wood
* Lots and lots of old newspaper to protect your working surface, clean up splatters, and skim off your size (wrap strips of it around your skimming board)
Marbling is complicated, but fun, and you can make some seriously beautiful patterns on your cloth or paper. I use my marbled paper to fashion greeting cards.
I strongly suggest that you supplement the instructions that come with this Jacquard Marbling kit. I can recommend Diane and Paul Maurer's books: An introduction to carrageenan and watercolor marbling and Marbling: A Complete Guide to Creating Beautiful Patterned Papers and Fabrics. A couple of other, less detailed texts are: Gabriele Grünebaum's How to Marbleize Paper: Step-by-Step Instructions for 12 Traditional Patterns (Other Paper Crafts); and a 19-page guide by Christine Cox, "Paper Marbling Patterns and How-To" from [...] (where I also bought most of my marbling supplies).