Paper Marbling

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 workshop, you will learn what a marbling bath is, how to prepare paper with mordant, and a variety of ways to make patterns using combs, stencils, and tooth picks. Each student will be able to develop their own color palette in their own bath and create a small collection of marbled paper.

Please note: Papers will not be dry at the end of the class. Students can return in the week following the workshop to pick up their marbled sheets.