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Paper Marbling

  • Writers Ink Liberty Station San Diego, CA (map)

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.

Earlier Event: January 17
Paper Marbling
Later Event: March 2
Introduction to Paper Marbling