After that class, I set myself up to do some marbling at home and I have done a lot and even sell some of my papers on Etsy. Alas, I did not buy myself a bouquet rake because I thought I could do it with two passes of the standard rake. That technique, however, never worked very well for me. So I gave up on it for a while. Eventually, I made myself a bouquet rake and still couldn't get it to look right.
I made a substantial effort to improve my bouquet rake technique during my last marbling session. Many papers were terrible and discarded immediately.
Many others were mediocre. I could tell they were a little better, but still wobbly and almost out of control with bouquets of all different shapes and sizes. Like this...
Then I discovered something. I discovered that my bouquet rake made small bouquets! It started working so much better! I had to nearly stand on my head to watch the pattern emerge as I used the rake, to see what was happening and then it all came together - understanding the spacing of the nails was far more important than I realized. This is probably the best example, so far.
As you can see, the bouquets are quite small; but finally, they are nearly consistent in size and shape.
Also, a rather successful Frog's foot pattern too (or thistle pattern?) using the same rake.
I will continue to practice. Also, I may try to make myself another double rake with more spacing. But after all this, I think I made it over a little hump.
If anyone reading this has any advice about making the bouquet pattern, or anything at all to say about it, I would love to hear from you!