Paper Marbling Alchemy: Using Metallics
Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Paper Marbling Alchemy: Using Metallics

Pietro Accardi offers an introduction to paper marbling with a shimmering twist! You’ll learn about the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European paper marbling as you set up your own alchemist’s lab for transforming simple sheets of paper into iridescent and shining wonders. A professional artisan formerly of Turin, Italy, Pietro will give you hands-on experience in all aspects of Western marbling techniques, from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to achieving particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. You will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from Pietro, and you will leave with a sampling of papers that you have marbled yourself. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process. Papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. If this is the case, Castle in the Air will carefully hold your papers until they are dry for pickup later.

Fee: $175; includes all materials
Instructor: Pietro Accardi — Limit: 6 students
March 23, Saturday, 11am–5pm (Studio 1)

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Textile Marbling
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Textile Marbling

This extension of Pietro’s basic marbling class allows you to take your marbling skills to the next level as you learn to marble onto fabric. Marbleized fabric can be used to make your own cloth for covering books, as well as textiles for a multitude of uses—see the sumptuous marbleized scarves made by Pietro currently for sale at Castle in the Air. This workshop is a great addition for the experienced marbler, but is also suitable for novices. You will finish the class with detailed knowledge of materials and processes, as well as a stack of marbled fabric. Please note that marbling is a wet process. Fabric marbled in class may not be dry by the end of the day. If this is the case, Castle in the Air will carefully hold your pieces until they are dry for pickup later.

Fee: $185; includes all materials

Instructor: Pietro Accardi — Limit: 6 students

March 24, Sunday, 11am–5pm (Studio 1)

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Paper Marbling Lab
Apr
6
9:30 AM09:30

Paper Marbling Lab

Instructor: Pietro Accardi

  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts

  • Workshop Status: Open

  • Workshop Start: April 6th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Workshop End: April 6th, 2019 5:30 PM

  • Sessions: 1

Paper Marbling Lab is designed to give students more time to perfect the techniques learned in Introduction to Western Paper Marbling and to explore advanced patterns. Professional marbler Pietro Accardi will be on hand to coach students as they create personalized batches of decorative paper to take home. 

The instructor will provide marbling trays; drying racks; papers from standard white to black, brown, and other colors; carrageenan; combs; and pigments including gold, silver, and other metallics. Students will be able to practice each step of marbling from prepping the water to creating patterns and applying them to papers, and will also have a chance to learn more advanced marbling patterns. This workshop is ideal for students looking to enhance their skills and also students without the space for a marbling set up at home.

Students who have taken Introduction to Fabric Marbling are also welcome in this workshop. 

*Please note that marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the end of the day. 

Materials to Bring: None.

Optional: Students can bring their own paper but it must be primed and flattened at least 2-3 days before the workshop. Students wishing to bring their own paper should contact SFCB after registration for details. Students with fabric marbling knowledge may bring their own fabric to marble. 

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Western Paper Marbling or Introduction to Fabric Marbling.

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Decorative Box Making: Box with Drawers
Apr
7
9:30 AM09:30

Decorative Box Making: Box with Drawers

Instructor: Pietro Accardi

  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts

  • Workshop Status: Open

  • Workshop Start: April 7th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Workshop End: April 7th, 2019 5:30 PM

  • Sessions: 1

Not only for housing books, hand made boxes have a variety of functions. This course will teach the basics of decorative box construction. Students will create a box with three drawers. By mastering the basic template for this box model, students will gain the necessary skills for other varieties of boxes, while also enhancing their bookbinding skills. The instructor will bring a sample collection of boxes for discussion of aesthetics and design to be used throughout the workshop. 

Materials to Bring: Optional: Marbled or decorative paper.

Workshop Fee (includes $20 materials fee): $185.00

Date & Time: Sunday, April 7, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.

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Hatch-Top Box
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Hatch-Top Box

Handmade boxes are not only lovely, they are also quite useful and can be used to store a range of objects, not just books. Using hard board or masonite and marbled fabric, the instructor will walk students through the basics of creating decorative boxes. Expanding on these primary box building skills, students will learn about more complex functions by adding a hatch-top and bottom drawer. This particular structure also features rounded corners giving a pleasing twist to the standard pointed corner. Everyone will leave with a multi-purpose box that is ready to use with its rounded corners, top compartment under the hatch lid, and fabric covering.

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Introduction to Paper Marbling
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Paper Marbling

Instructor: Pietro Accardi

  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts

  • Workshop Status: Open

  • Workshop Start: April 27th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Workshop End: April 27th, 2019 5:30 PM

  • Sessions: 1

In this inroductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.  

*Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the of the day. 

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop Fee (includes $25 materials fee): $190.00

Date & Time: Saturday, April 27, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.

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Articulated Binding
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

Articulated Binding

An indestructible cover: inspired by Italy’s 1970’s solution to broken Yellow Pages bindings in public phone booths; this 360-degree flexible binding offers many advantages because it bends and does not break! This binding style offers visual and tactile delight, employing strips of articulated hard board covered with marbled fabric. In this workshop, the instructor will guide students through the art of this rare binding technique. Students will create an articulated blank journal that can beautifully withstand the ravages of time.

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Introduction to Paper Marbling
Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to Paper Marbling

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.

*Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the of the day.

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Paper Marbling Lab
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Paper Marbling Lab

aper Marbling Lab is designed to give students more time to perfect the techniques learned in Introduction to Western Paper Marbling and to explore advanced patterns. Professional marbler Pietro Accardi will be on hand to coach students as they create personalized batches of decorative paper to take home.

The instructor will provide marbling trays; drying racks; papers from standard white to black, brown, and other colors; carrageenan; combs; and pigments including gold, silver, and other metallics. Students will be able to practice each step of marbling from prepping the water to creating patterns and applying them to papers, and will also have a chance to learn more advanced marbling patterns. This workshop is ideal for students looking to enhance their skills and also students without the space for a marbling set up at home.

Students who have taken Introduction to Fabric Marbling are also welcome in this workshop.

*Please note that marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the end of the day.

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Marbling: Week-long Intensive at Feather River Art Camp
Jun
9
to Jun 16

Marbling: Week-long Intensive at Feather River Art Camp

  • 5469 Oakland Camp Road Quincy, CA, 95971 United States (map)
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During this week students will gain an in-depth understanding of European marbling.

The beginning of the week will involve hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming, preparatory mixing of water medium and paints; to the creation of classical and spontaneous patterns.

Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will create a sampling of papers they’ve marbled themselves.

In the second half of the week students will deepen their marbling skills with the introduction of marbling on fabric, as well as creating new and more complex patterns such as the Moire’ and Spanish Wave. The main focus will be marbling fabric to create book cloth, which can be used for covering decorative boxes as well.

If desired, each student can expand into the realm of utilizing their newly created book and box cloth to bind their own blank journal and/or create their own decorative 2-drawer or clamshell box.

Materials

All materials will be provided by the instructor. These include paper, fabric, a book, box, and all the materials and parafernalia for Marbling. Primer, paints,carrageenan etc….. is all included in this fee. If the students have their own special paper or fabric that they wish to marble, they are free to bring it along.

You need to bring only an apron.

A material fee of $70 will be payable to the instructor on Monday morning when the class first meets.

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Marbling on Paper & Textiles at Idyllwild
Jun
17
to Jun 19

Marbling on Paper & Textiles at Idyllwild

This three-day workshop will provide you with a comprehensive understanding into the art of marbling and the ability to create marbled patterns on paper and fabric. The first day will cover the fundamentals of paper marbling. During the lecture/discussion period, you will actively engage in the preparatory mixing of the water bath medium. Then, see a demo of the steps to execute basic, classical, and spontaneous patterns using a diverse array of rakes and combs, with ample time for Q&A. Next, embark on your own marbling practice with your own tray, sets of paints, rakes, and combs.

The second day will focus on marbling on textiles – cottons and silks. Also new, more complex patterns will be introduced. The third day is designed to give you more time to practice and perfect what you have learned thus far with the availability of the instructor on hand. In addition, you will explore the world of Over-marbling and try out the more challenging metallic paints.

Throughout the session, you will receive helpful hands-on instruction on handling the paints on the water medium and dealing with known and unknown variables.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $495, $755 if taken with Articulated Binding and Clamshell

Lab Fee: $ $70, includes use of “Hardware” (trays, rakes, combs, drying racks); paints and consumables; paper (15 sheets 14×20), cotton fabric (20 sheets 14×20), silk (6 sheets 14×20); you will be asked to bring additional materials.

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Pietro Accardi, native to the Italian city of Turin, established “La Legatoria del Sole,” a modern bookbindery steeped in the ancient traditions of paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. After lengthy service to Turin’s Municipal Archives, Main Public Library, and University Libraries he is now enjoying his second life as a well-loved book arts teacher at the Center for the Book in San Francisco as well as teaching workshops throughout the West. His teaching style is generous and kind with an endearing Italian accent

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Articulated Binding & Clamshell at Idyllwild
Jun
20
to Jun 21

Articulated Binding & Clamshell at Idyllwild

Pietro will teach the fundamentals of functional and decorative box construction. Using hard binders’ board and marbled fabric, you will learn to construct the most elegant of archival box structures: the Clamshell. By mastering the basic template for these box models, you will gain the necessary skills for other varieties of boxes, while also enhancing your bookbinding skills. There will be many beautiful, one-of-a-kind marbled fabrics from which to choose to cover your unique box. This class will add an excellent set of skills and knowledge to any crafter’s repertoire.

On the second day of class, you will create an “indestructible cover” – inspired by Italy’s 1970’s solution to broken Yellow Pages bindings in public phone booths, this 360-degree flexible binding offers many advantages because it bends and does not break! This binding style offers visual and tactile delight, employing strips of articulated hard board covered with marbled fabric. In this workshop, the instructor will guide you through the art of this rare binding technique. You will create an articulated blank journal that can beautifully withstand the ravages of time.

Skill level: All levels

Tuition: $370, $755 if taken with Marbling on Paper and Textiles

Lab Fee: $25, includes kit of materials. (If students bring their own fabric at least 23×36”: lab fee $12

Enrollment limited to 10 students

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Intro to paper Marbling at FOBA
Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Intro to paper Marbling at FOBA

This introduction to the art of marbling will provide students with an understanding of the history, styles, tools and techniques of classical European marbling. Morning discussion will cover all the foundational elements of marbling practice, including acquisition and proper use of the supplies including carrageenan, primer, paints, trays, rakes, combs, etc. During the discussion students will also be engaged in the preparatory mixing of the water medium in their own tray. Pietro will then demonstrate to the class how marbling is done. With helpful instruction on handling paints on the water medium, dealing with known and unknown variables, he will show how to create classical and basic marbling patterns (as well as spontaneous designs) using a diverse array of rakes and combs. After a break for lunch, students will have ample time for their own practice and experimentation with personal guidance from Pietro and his wife Vanessa. Students will have their own trays, set of paints, rakes, combs and as much primed paper as they need. Students usually leave with 15-20 of their own original marbled pieces. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.

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Marbling on Fabric at FOBA
Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

Marbling on Fabric at FOBA

This workshop is for new students and for those who have prior marbling experience or have taken the introductory class. The skills learned in Paper Marbling will be applied to Marbling on Fabric, while familiarizing students with new materials. We will discuss techniques and tips needed to successfully marble on fabric, choosing the best fabric for marbling, and how to prepare it for the dyeing process. New, more complex patterns will be demonstrated and attention will be given to important nuances in the practice. The main focus will be marbling on fabric to create bookcloth, but techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed. During the afternoon of guided and personal practice, students will create their own stack of 12-15 marbled fabric pieces. Paper will also be provided for those who wish to practice. Pietro’s wife Vanessa will also be available for guidance. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and pieces made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.

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Marbling Studio at FOBA
Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Marbling Studio at FOBA

For experienced marblers or those who have taken Introduction to Paper Marbling. This class will provide students with all they need to immerse themselves in a full day of marbling. With no lecture period, the day can be fully dedicated to practicing more complex and difficult patterns such as the Moiré, Spanish Wave, and Double Cables, or exploring the limitless possibilities in spontaneous design, combining color, or wherever the imagination might lead. Pietro will provide metallic paints and a diverse array of different colored and textured papers with which to experiment. Students are also free to bring any materials they might wish to play with. This is a full day of marbling to deepen our practice and knowledge. Though students will be set free to marble at will, Pietro and his wife Vanessa will be available at all times for consultation and help with the practice. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.

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Form and Function: the Hatch Top Box at FOBA
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Form and Function: the Hatch Top Box at FOBA

Handmade boxes are not only lovely, they are also quite useful and can be used to store a range of objects, not just books. Using hard board or masonite and marbled fabric, the instructor will walk students through the basics of creating decorative boxes. Expanding on these primary box building skills, students will learn about more complex functions by adding a hatch-top and bottom drawer. This particular structure also features rounded corners giving a pleasing twist to the standard pointed corner. Everyone will leave with a multi-purpose box that is ready to use with its rounded corners, top compartment under the hatch lid, and fabric covering.

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Articulated Binding at FOBA
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Articulated Binding at FOBA

An Indestructible Cover: Inspired by Italy’s 1970’s solution to ruptured Yellow Pages in public phone booths. This 360 degree flexible binding offers many advantages: because it bends, it will not break! It is also a visual and tactile delight. Employing strips of articulated boards and marbled fabric, Pietro will instruct students in the art of this rare binding technique. Students will create a large and a small articulated blank journal that can beautifully withstand the ravages of time.

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Intro to Paper Marbling
Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Paper Marbling

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of marbling from preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor.

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Intro to Paper Marbling
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Paper Marbling

This popular marbling workshop will introduce students marbling techniques on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes. Students will begin the day by working on basic marbling skills. With the instructor’s guidance, they will work on new patterns with an eye for nuance. The main focus will be on marbling fabric to create book cloth, and techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed. At the end of the day, the instructor will demonstrate how to prepare pieces of marbled cloth for use in bookbinding. Students will leave with their own stack of 15 marbled fabric pieces. All materials provided with registration.

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Alchemy of Marbling: Using Metallics
Mar
5
12:30 PM12:30

Alchemy of Marbling: Using Metallics

Pietro Accardi offers an introduction to paper marbling with a shimmering twist! You’ll learn about the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European paper marbling as you set up your own alchemist’s lab for transforming simple sheets of paper into iridescent and shining wonders. A professional artisan formerly of Turin, Italy, Pietro will give you hands-on experience in all aspects of Western marbling techniques, from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to achieving particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. You will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from Pietro, and you will leave with a sampling of papers that you have marbled yourself. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process. Papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. If this is the case, Castle in the Air will carefully hold your papers until they are dry for pickup later.

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Decorative Box Making: Hatch Top Box
Mar
3
7:30 AM07:30

Decorative Box Making: Hatch Top Box

Instructor: Pietro Accardi

  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts

  • Workshop Status: Open

  • Workshop Start: March 3rd, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Workshop End: March 3rd, 2019 5:30 PM

  • Sessions: 1

Handmade boxes are not only lovely, they are also quite useful and can be used to store a range of objects, not just books. Using hard board or masonite and marbled fabric, the instructor will walk students through the basics of creating decorative boxes. Expanding on these primary box building skills, students will learn about more complex functions by adding a hatch-top and bottom drawer. This particular structure also features rounded corners giving a pleasing twist to the standard pointed corner. Everyone will leave with a multi-purpose box that is ready to use. 

With it’s rounded corners, top compartment under the hatch lid, and fabric covering, students will find this workshop is a wonderful companion to Decorative Box Making :: Box with Drawers. 

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Introduction to Paper Marbling
Mar
2
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Paper Marbling

In this inroductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.  

*Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the of the day. 

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop Fee (includes $25 materials fee): $190.00

Date & Time: Saturday, March 2, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.

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Paper Marbling
Jan
18
10:00 AM10:00

Paper Marbling

This introduction to the art of marbling will provide students with an understanding of the history, styles, tools and techniques of classical European marbling. Morning discussion will cover all the foundational elements of marbling practice, including acquisition and proper use of the supplies including carrageenan, primer, paints, trays, rakes, combs, etc. During the discussion students will also be engaged in the preparatory mixing of the water medium in their own tray. Pietro will then demonstrate to the class how marbling is done. With helpful instruction on handling paints on the water medium, dealing with known and unknown variables, he will show how to create classical and basic marbling patterns (as well as spontaneous designs) using a diverse array of rakes and combs. After a break for lunch, students will have ample time for their own practice and experimentation with personal guidance from Pietro and his wife Vanessa. Students will have their own trays, set of paints, rakes, combs and as much primed paper as they need. Students usually leave with 15-25 of their own original marbled pieces. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.



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Paper Marbling
Jan
15
10:00 AM10:00

Paper Marbling

This introduction to the art of marbling will provide students with an understanding of the history, styles, tools and techniques of classical European marbling. Morning discussion will cover all the foundational elements of marbling practice, including acquisition and proper use of the supplies including carrageenan, primer, paints, trays, rakes, combs, etc. During the discussion students will also be engaged in the preparatory mixing of the water medium in their own tray. Pietro will then demonstrate to the class how marbling is done. With helpful instruction on handling paints on the water medium, dealing with known and unknown variables, he will show how to create classical and basic marbling patterns (as well as spontaneous designs) using a diverse array of rakes and combs. After a break for lunch, students will have ample time for their own practice and experimentation with personal guidance from Pietro and his wife Vanessa. Students will have their own trays, set of paints, rakes, combs and as much primed paper as they need. Students usually leave with 15-25 of their own original marbled pieces. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.

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Paper Marbling
Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

Paper Marbling

This introduction to the art of marbling will provide students with an understanding of the history, styles, tools and techniques of classical European marbling. Morning discussion will cover all the foundational elements of marbling practice, including acquisition and proper use of the supplies including carrageenan, primer, paints, trays, rakes, combs, etc. During the discussion students will also be engaged in the preparatory mixing of the water medium in their own tray. Pietro will then demonstrate to the class how marbling is done. With helpful instruction on handling paints on the water medium, dealing with known and unknown variables, he will show how to create classical and basic marbling patterns (as well as spontaneous designs) using a diverse array of rakes and combs. After a break for lunch, students will have ample time for their own practice and experimentation with personal guidance from Pietro and his wife Vanessa. Students will have their own trays, set of paints, rakes, combs and as much primed paper as they need. Students usually leave with 15-25 of their own original marbled pieces. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.

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Textile Marbling
Jan
13
9:00 AM09:00

Textile Marbling

During the morning session we will discuss techniques and tips needed to successfully marble on fabric, choosing the best fabric for Marbling, and how to prepare it for the process while preparing our water baths for the afternoon session. Classical patterns will be demonstrated and attention will be given to important nuances in the practice. The main focus will be marbling on Fabric to create patterns that suit textile projects. During the afternoon of guided and personal practice, students will create their own stack of 12-15 marbled fabric pieces. Paper will also be provided for those who wish to practice.

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Introduction to Textile Marbling
Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to Textile Marbling

During the morning session we will discuss techniques and tips needed to successfully marble on fabric, choosing the best fabric for Marbling, and how to prepare it for the process while preparing our water baths for the afternoon session. Classical patterns will be demonstrated and attention will be given to important nuances in the practice. The main focus will be marbling on Fabric to create patterns that suit textile projects. During the afternoon of guided and personal practice, students will create their own stack of 12-15 marbled fabric pieces. Paper will also be provided for those who wish to practice.

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Introduction to Fabric Marbling
Jan
6
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Fabric Marbling

Building on the skills learned in Introduction to Western Paper Marbling, this workshop will take students through the techniques needed to marble on fabric.

Students will begin the day by advancing upon their marbling skills with the introduction of marbling on fabric. With the instructor's guidance, they will work on new patterns with an eye for nuance. The main focus will be on marbling fabric to create book cloth, and techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed. At the end of the day, the instructor will demonstrate how to prepare dry pieces of marbled cloth for use in bookbinding. Students will leave with their own stack of 15 marbled fabric pieces.

This workshop is also open to beginners.

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Introduction to Paper Marbling
Jan
5
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Paper Marbling

  • San Francisco Center for the Book (map)
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In this inroductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.  

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Articulated Binding
Dec
2
9:30 AM09:30

Articulated Binding

An indestructible cover: inspired by Italy’s 1970’s solution to broken Yellow Pages bindings in public phone booths; this 360-degree flexible binding offers many advantages because it bends and does not break! This binding style offers visual and tactile delight, employing strips of articulated hard board covered with marbled fabric. In this workshop, the instructor will guide students through the art of this rare binding technique. Students will create an articulated blank journal that can beautifully withstand the ravages of time. 

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Paper Marbling Lab
Nov
4
9:30 AM09:30

Paper Marbling Lab

Paper Marbling Lab is designed to give students more time to perfect the techniques learned in Introduction to Western Paper Marbling and to explore advanced patterns. Professional marbler Pietro Accardi will be on hand to coach students as they create personalized batches of decorative paper to take home. 

The instructor will provide marbling trays; drying racks; papers from standard white to black, brown, and other colors; carrageenan; combs; and pigments including gold, silver, and other metallics. Students will be able to practice each step of marbling from prepping the water to creating patterns and applying them to papers, and will also have a chance to learn more advanced marbling patterns. This workshop is ideal for students looking to enhance their skills and also students without the space for a marbling set up at home.

Students who have taken Introduction to Fabric Marbling are also welcome in this workshop. 

*Please note that marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the end of the day. 

Materials to Bring: None.

Optional: Students can bring their own paper but it must be primed and flattened at least 2-3 days before the workshop. Students wishing to bring their own paper should contact SFCB after registration for details. Students with fabric marbling knowledge may bring their own fabric to marble. 

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Introduction to Western Paper Marbling
Nov
3
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Western Paper Marbling

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In this inroductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.  

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Textile Marbling
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Textile Marbling

A single space has opened up in this class. Please call to sign up: 510.204.9801.

This extension of Pietro’s basic marbling class allows you to take your marbling skills to the next level as you learn to marble onto fabric. Marbleized fabric can be used to make your own cloth for covering books, as well as textiles for a multitude of uses—see the sumptuous marbleized scarves made by Pietro currently for sale at Castle in the Air. This workshop is a great addition for the experienced marbler, but is also suitable for novices. You will finish the class with detailed knowledge of materials and processes, as well as a stack of marbled fabric. Please note that marbling is a wet process. Fabric marbled in class may not be dry by the end of the day. If this is the case, Castle in the Air will carefully hold your pieces until they are dry for pickup later.

Fee: $185; includes all materials
Instructor: Pietro Accardi — Limit: 6 students
Session B: October 20, Saturday, 11am–5pm (Studio 1)

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Introduction to Paper Marbling
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Introduction to Paper Marbling

This class is sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, please call 510.204.9801.

Pietro Accardi’s introduction to the art of marbling workshop will provide you with an understanding of the history, styles, tools, and techniques of this classical European art form. The morning discussion will cover all the foundational elements of marbling practice: acquisition and proper use of the supplies including carrageenan, primer, paints, trays, rakes, combs, and more. During the discussion, you’ll also be engaged in the preparatory mixing of the water marbling medium using your own tray and assortment of tools. Pietro will then demonstrate how marbling is done, with helpful instruction on applying paints to the water medium and dealing with known and unknown variables. You’ll learn how to create classical and basic marbling patterns, as well as spontaneous designs, using a diverse array of rakes and combs. After a break for lunch, you will have ample time for your own practice and experimentation with personal guidance from Pietro and as much primed paper as you need. You can expect to finish with 15 to 25 marbled sheets you’ve made yourself. Any pieces that aren’t dry by the end of class can be held at Castle in the Air for pickup later.

Fee: $175; includes all materials
Instructor: Pietro Accardi — Limit: 6 students
Session B: October 19, Friday, 11am–5pm (Studio 1)

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Marbled Clamshell Box
Oct
18
11:00 AM11:00

Marbled Clamshell Box

Handmade boxes are not only lovely objects, but can also house and protect a vast array of objects. Pietro Accardi—a master artisan in the making of books and boxes, as well as the marbling of paper and cloth—will take you through the steps necessary for crafting your own clamshell box covered in marbleized book cloth. The clamshell is considered perhaps the most elegant of box structures, and learning to construct it provides you with a strong foundation for future box-making and bookbinding projects. Pietro will supply you with materials for your project, including pre-cut hard binders’ board and an array of one-of-a-kind covering papers he has marbled by hand. This class will add an excellent set of skills and knowledge to any crafter’s repertoire.

Fee: $175; includes all materials
Instructor: Pietro Accardi — Limit: 8 students
October 18, Thursday, 11am–5pm (Studio 1)

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Introduction to Textile Marbling
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Textile Marbling

NOTE: This class is now sold out. Please email claire.munoz@nevadaart.org to be placed on the wait list.

This popular marbling workshop will introduce students marbling techniques on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes. Students will begin the day by working on basic marbling skills. With the instructor's guidance, they will work on new patterns with an eye for nuance. The main focus will be on marbling fabric to create book cloth, and techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed. At the end of the day, the instructor will demonstrate how to prepare pieces of marbled cloth for use in bookbinding. Students will leave with their own stack of 15 marbled fabric pieces. All materials provided with registration.

Instructor: Pietro Accardi
Ages: Adults (15+) / All levels

$100 General /  $95 Museum members

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Introduction to Fabric Marbling
Oct
7
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Fabric Marbling

Building on the skills learned in Introduction to Western Paper Marbling, this workshop will take students through the techniques needed to marble on fabric.

Students will begin the day by advancing upon their marbling skills with the introduction of marbling on fabric. With the instructor's guidance, they will work on new patterns with an eye for nuance. The main focus will be on marbling fabric to create book cloth, and techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed. At the end of the day, the instructor will demonstrate how to prepare dry pieces of marbled cloth for use in bookbinding. Students will leave with their own stack of 15 marbled fabric pieces.

This workshop is also open to beginners

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     Introduction to Western Paper Marbling
Oct
6
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Western Paper Marbling

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In this inroductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.  

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Decorative Box Making :: Box with Drawers
Aug
19
9:30 AM09:30

Decorative Box Making :: Box with Drawers

Not only for housing books, hand made boxes have a variety of functions. This course will teach the basics of decorative box construction. Students will create a box with three drawers. By mastering the basic template for this box model, students will gain the necessary skills for other varieties of boxes, while also enhancing their bookbinding skills. The instructor will bring a sample collection of boxes for discussion of aesthetics and design to be used throughout the workshop.

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Introduction to Western Paper Marbling
Aug
18
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Western Paper Marbling

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In this inroductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.  

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Paper Marbling Lab
Jul
22
9:30 AM09:30

Paper Marbling Lab

Paper Marbling Lab is designed to give students more time to perfect the techniques learned in Introduction to Western Paper Marbling and to explore advanced patterns. Professional marbler Pietro Accardi will be on hand to coach students as they create personalized batches of decorative paper to take home. 

The instructor will provide marbling trays; drying racks; papers from standard white to black, brown, and other colors; carrageenan; combs; and pigments including gold, silver, and other metallics. Students will be able to practice each step of marbling from prepping the water to creating patterns and applying them to papers, and will also have a chance to learn more advanced marbling patterns. This workshop is ideal for students looking to enhance their skills and also students without the space for a marbling set up at home.

Students who have taken Introduction to Fabric Marbling are also welcome in this workshop.

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Decorative Box Making :: Hatch-Top Box
Jul
21
9:30 AM09:30

Decorative Box Making :: Hatch-Top Box

Handmade boxes are not only lovely, they are also quite useful and can be used to store a range of objects, not just books. Using hard board or masonite and marbled fabric, the instructor will walk students through the basics of creating decorative boxes. Expanding on these primary box building skills, students will learn about more complex functions by adding a hatch-top and bottom drawer. This particular structure also features rounded corners giving a pleasing twist to the standard pointed corner. Everyone will leave with a multi-purpose box that is ready to use. 

With it’s rounded corners, top compartment under the hatch lid, and fabric covering, students will find this workshop is a wonderful companion to Decorative Box Making :: Box with Drawers. 

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Textile Marbling
Jul
15
11:00 AM11:00

Textile Marbling

This extension of Pietro’s basic marbling class allows you to take your marbling skills to the next level as you learn to marble onto fabric. Marbleized fabric can be used to make your own cloth for covering books, as well as textiles for a multitude of uses—see the sumptuous marbleized scarves made by Pietro currently for sale at Castle in the Air. This workshop is a great addition for the experienced marbler, but is also suitable for novices. You will finish the class with detailed knowledge of materials and processes, as well as a stack of marbled fabric. Please note that marbling is a wet process. Fabric marbled in class may not be dry by the end of the day. If this is the case, Castle in the Air will carefully hold your pieces until they are dry for pickup later.

Fee: $180; includes all materials
Instructor: Pietro Accardi — Limit: 6 students
July 15, Sunday, 11am–6pm (Studio 1)

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Introduction to Western Paper Marbling
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Introduction to Western Paper Marbling

A single space has opened up in this class. Please call to sign up: 510.204.9801.

In this introductory class, you’ll gain an understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European paper marbling. A professional artisan formerly of Turin, Italy, Pietro will give you hands-on experience in all aspects of Western marbling techniques, from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to achieving particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. You will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from Pietro, and you will leave with a sampling of papers that you have marbled yourself. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process. Papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. If this is the case, Castle in the Air will carefully hold your papers until they are dry for pickup later.

Fee: $165; includes all materials
Instructor: Pietro Accardi — Limit: 6 students
July 14, Saturday, 11am–6pm (Studio 1)

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Hatch-Top Marbled Box
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Hatch-Top Marbled Box

A handmade box isn’t only useful for storage, but is also a beautiful object in and of itself. In this day-long workshop, master marbler and box-maker Pietro Accardi will teach you to construct a single-drawer box with a hatch-top lid. You will learn to cover your boards with book-cloth that Pietro has marbleized for you, as well as how to construct a box with a smoothly functioning drawer. You’ll be provided with all of the box boards, pre-cut by Pietro, as well as the hand-colored book cloth. Some experience in book- and box-making will be helpful in this class, but is not required

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Feather River Art Camp
Jun
10
to Jun 17

Feather River Art Camp

… the OPPORTUNITY to do what you love for a solid week without interruption

http://www.featherriverartcamp.com/

 

Marbling Paper and Fabric   ~  with Pietro Accardi

Experience the magic of marbling!

During this week students will gain an in-depth understanding of European marbling.
The beginning of the week will involve hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming, preparatory mixing of water medium and paints; to the creation of classical and spontaneous patterns.

Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will create a sampling of papers they’ve marbled themselves.

In the second half of the week students will deepen their marbling skills with the introduction of marbling on fabric, as well as creating new and more complex patterns such as the Moire’ and Spanish Wave. The main focus will be marbling fabric to create book cloth, which can be used for covering decorative boxes as well.

If desired, each student can expand into the realm of utilizing their newly created book and box cloth to bind their own blank journal and/or create their own decorative 2-drawer or clamshell box.

Materials

All materials will be provided by the instructor. These include paper, fabric, a book, box, and all the materials and parafernalia for Marbling. Primer, paints,carrageenan etc….. is all included in this fee. If the students have their own special paper or fabric that they wish to marble, they are free to bring it along.

They need to bring only an apron.

A material fee of $70 will be payable on Monday morning when the class first meets.

 

The camp is located approx. 225 miles north-east of Oakland in the Sierra foothills at an elevation of 3400’ off of Highway 70. The town of Quincy on Highway 89 is 5 miles away.

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