Solveig Stone first discovered marbling in the 1960s in the library of Stanford University, California, when her husband was working for the Stanford University Press. But it wasn’t until the couple moved back to Wiltshire in 1972 that Stone set up her own studio – in a garden shed. She’s since moved on to a 19th-century barn a mile away from her original workshop, but still produces her amazing designs using the same handmade process. First, water is thickened using boiled seaweed (which also appears on the company’s logo) before oil paints are applied to the surface of the water, creating complex and unique patterns. The paper is then carefully dipped, lifted and dried.
More than 40 years on, Compton Marbling continues to produce mesmerising marbled papers that are sold by the sheet (from £9.50) or used to make all manner of covetable products. Lampshades come in three styles and sizes (from £24.95), while the useful box files (from £29.95) and keepsake boxes (from £19.95), fastened with grosgrain ribbon ties, would make beautiful repositories for notes or archives. There are also various notebooks and sketchbooks, including an A4 version in the golden Plock design (£26.95), as well as candle boxes (from £19.95) and wooden matchbox covers (£19.95) – all of which are available to buy online or in the shop run by Stone’s daughter Clementine.