Introduction to Paper Marbling

This class meets for two consecutive days: Tuesday, November 5th and Wednesday, November 6th

Paper Marbling is a design technique that has been used by paper artists since the 12th century. Pigments are floated on a viscous water-based solution and carefully transferred to paper to produce mesmerizing patterning, similar to smooth marble. Marbled paper is art on its own, but it can also be used as book covers, end papers, and as a base for handmade prints.

In this two-day workshop, students learn the complete process, from preparing marbling baths to creating a range of patterns on paper. On the first day, students prepare paper for the marbling process by applying mordant to paper, setting up baths, and creating marbling combs. On the second day, students return to prepare pigments and pull their own paper. Every student will create five original pieces of marbled paper, each featuring a method of marbling, such as stone patterns, combed patterns, free hand, and the application of stencils as a resist.