bouquet peacock digital marbling


The Bouquet pattern is one of the most well-known of all the traditional marbling patterns. It is made from a Nonpareil pattern by two offset top-to-bottom waves. These waves are arranged in such a way that they bundle the nonpareil elements like flowers in a bouquet.

Many marblers seem to use the names Peacock and Bouquet interchangeably. However, Miura makes the distinction, and I think the patterns are different enough to warrant it.

The Amicis Librorum  books are three very nice examples of the Bouquet pattern.

digital marbling peacock bouquet

In some examples of the Bouquet/Peacock you find the flowers/feathers pointing upwards in parallel, like in the following image. In other cases, they spread out, as in the image above. Personally, I find the spread out version more attractive.

digital marbling bouquet blue

This unusual variant of the Bouquet pattern was obtained by using a very coarse Nonpareil as a base pattern.

digital marbling peacock

For this close-up image, I started with parallell bands of colour like this. That’s easy enough to do on the computer, of course; However, I’m not sure if it’s possible in real life.

digital marbling peacock bouquet

How to make the Bouquet pattern 

The first stage to make the Bouquet pattern is a narrow left-right Gelgit.

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The second stage is to make a downward Nonpareil with another narrow comb:

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The third step is a downward wavy line with a wide rake: The result looks like the Serpentine pattern.

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The fourth and final step is a second downward wave with the wide rake, but with a phase difference of π/2 compared to the first wave:

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(In real life, these last two steps are made at the same time using a rake with two offset rows of tines.)


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