Paper Marbling Classes

This has been an ongoing passion of mine for quite a while now. I rarely get the time to marble the way I would like to because of a full-time job and seven-year-old, but I really need it and so somehow manage to fit it in. My attempts range from slap-dash to methodical depending on the circumstance. In the end though, it doesn’t really matter because they look beautiful (to me) and this is why my kitchen floor is speckled with paint.

You can marble the surface of many things: paper, wood, glass, vinyl records, leaves, shoes, clay pots, scarves… The only thing that may have to change is the type of paint and  how you would need to prep the surface. Then there is practice – lots of it.

Marbled paper fan

What can you do with all your marbled papers?

I’ll be teaching a couple of classes this summer on marbling.

The adult marbling class will be on Thursday, June 22nd at 6:15 p.m. We’ll be using acrylic paints. The first 30 minutes we talk about the process, then do a few demonstrations and then everyone gets to marbling. You will probably be able to do 3-4 marbled papers in that time that you can bring home.

There’s a Suminagashi marbling class on Tuesday, June 13th at 2:30 p.m.  Suminagashi is a cheaper/easier method of marbling that takes less setup time and is pretty straightforward. The colors are not as brilliant as with acrylic, but if used with patience and the right paper, the end result can be quite beautiful. You also need a steady hand to hold the brush and just barely touch the surface. And no sneezing. This is very important as it will cause your pattern to move (joking, but serious).

marbling001

Marbling is meditative; watching paint float on the surface and then manipulating it is wonderful fun. I think that is more satisfying than laying the paper on the surface, but that’s another surprise: seeing what you get.

Registration is required – so I know how much supplies to bring (there’s a lot of supplies) – but anyone may come in and watch! Please remember to wear your play clothes.

Suminagashi Marbling, for ages 7+

When: June 13th 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: Emily Fowler Library

Paper Marbling Class for adults, ages 16+

When: June 22, 6:15 p.m-8:30 p.m.

Where: Emily Fowler Library

~~Leslie Couture, Special Collections

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