Marbling Lab

$45 ($40 members); $15 supply fee
Marbling experience required

Open Studio: Marbling is now called Marbling Lab

Marbling lab provides access to marbling tools and equipment in MCBA’s wet studio for practitioners to build their skills outside of classes. Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20 inch tanks of carrageenan, alum, brushes, cups and eye droppers; supply your own Golden Fluid Acrylics and paper.

*Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.

*Paint: While many different kinds of inks, paints, and watercolors may be used in the marbling process, we recommend using Golden Fluid Acrylics with our equipment.

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Introduction to Marbling (Section A)

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, January 12; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use in bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Book Art Critique Seminar

with Laura Brown
Saturdays: January 12, February 2, March 2, April 6; 1-4pm

Using the Critical Response Method developed by choreographer Liz Lerman, this group meeting is designed to give objective, supportive feedback on larger, in-progress projects. This class provides structure, accountability, and space for exchanging technical and conceptual ideas. Come prepared to share in-progress work and constructive feedback.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

Japanese Papermaking and Decoration

with Bridget O’Malley
Thursdays: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14; 6-9pm

Great for beginners

Explore the tools and techniques of Japanese papermaking and decoration. Learn fiber preparation including cooking, cleaning and hand beating; sheet formation, pressing and drying techniques and a variety of surface decoration techniques including momigami, katazome, dyeing, and suminagashi. Finished papers can range from strong yet nearly translucent sheets to papers with decorative layers and inclusions, with sizes ranging from 5×7 inches to 5×7 feet! Wear clothing that can get dirty and shoes that can get wet (i.e. rubber boots, garden clogs etc.).

Certificate: 15 hours, Category A; fulfills core papermaking requirement

$240 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, February 1; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Explore paper marbling – try your hand at “throwing” color and building patterns that you can use to decorate cards, journals or other papercrafts.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)

with Sally Power
Sunday, February 3; 9am-3pm

Marbling experience required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Extreme Marbling.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Movables and Popups in Artists’ Books

with Olli Johnson
Mondays: February 4, 11, 18, 25; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Lift, Spin, Pull and Pop! Learn techniques to create dimension and movement in your work. We’ll start with a series of exercises to understand fundamental paper engineering principles. As we explore a variety of folds, you’ll learn to make basic pop-up structures using free-hand shapes and templates that can be used to make more complicated designs. Then learn how to incorporate movables such as tabs, paper rivets, and spinners. There will be an emphasis on understanding fold theory as well as guided time to explore an independent project.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Fabric Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Sat-Sun, February 23 & 24; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! In this weekend fabric marbling workshop, learn to make the four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil) and a few advanced patterns. Class discussions include the science of marbling, critiques, and troubleshooting. Participants will take their marbled fabrics home ready to use for bookbinding and other arts. Please bring one yard of PFD cotton fabric, 1/2 yard of silk or another natural fabric, and one pair of canvas tennis shoes. Instructions for fabric preparation to be completed before class will be sent in advance.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Sunday, March 3; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use in bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Dimensional Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Thursdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4; 6-9pm

Great for beginners

Paper can be created and modified into amazing three-dimensional sculptural structures. Learn techniques for working with both Eastern and Western fibers to create three-dimensional work. Participants will have access to fibers including cotton, abaca, kozo, and flax and will learn to use a variety of plaster molds and armatures to create paper forms and volumes, as well as flexible molds which can be used to manipulate paper into a variety of shapes.

Certificate: 15 hours, Category A or B; fulfills core papermaking requirement

$240 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Suminagashi

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, March 23; 10am-4pm

Suminagashi is an 11th century Japanese art form and precursor to modern marbling. In this one-day intensive, participants learn the basics of this centuries-old monoprint technique, including the tools and materials it requires and the ideology shaping suminagashi. Participants will develop a suite of patterns on paper and fabric using the natural forces of wind, vibration, and learn how to use frisks. Paper is provided; however, participants may bring natural cotton or silk fabrics to experiment.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Introduction to Book Arts

with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, March 30 & 31; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, April 5; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Explore paper marbling – try your hand at “throwing” color and building patterns that you can use to decorate cards, journals, or other papercrafts.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Introduction to Marbling (Section C)

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Sunday, April 14; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use in bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)

with Sally Power
Saturday, April 27; 9am-3pm

Marbling experience required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Extreme Marbling.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee