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Marbling on Paper & Textiles at Idyllwild


  • Idylwild Arts 52500 Temecula Road Idyllwild, CA 92549 (map)

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