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Question #89684 posted on 05/12/2017 5:23 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a story behind the inside cover of the LDS Hymn Book? The one with all the swirly white patterns on the green back ground? I was fascinated by this page as a child and have always wondered what is was for and who designed it.

-The Manchester Hymnal


Dear Diamond Church Street Choir,

Actually, that kind of pattern isn't exclusive to the hymnbook; it's made through a process called marbling. I first read about the process in my brother's copy of The Dangerous Book For Boys a long time ago. If you're interested in learning how to make some marbled paper of your own, it looks like there are a few places online that can teach you how.

I looked at some hymnbooks to see if they were each individually marbled, and at first thought they might be because the patterns looked different, but upon further investigation I found that it's the same pattern for each book, just flipped upside down or horizontally or some combination of the two. Try it out for yourself and see!

-Frère Rubik

posted on 05/12/2017 11:09 p.m.
Fun fact: The choice to used marbled paper is a tribute to the marbled paper in Emma Smith's 1835 hymnal. http://mormoninsights.byu.edu/emma-smiths-hymnbook/ (use the in the article to see the original.)