Papermaking & Paper Decoration Classes

MCBA offers classes for adults on a wide variety of topics and at all skill levels, from total beginner to seasoned expert. Supply fees cover workshop materials and expendable studio supplies such as solvents, rags, waste disposal, safety supplies and small tools. Sales tax is included in the total.

Adult classes are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts; more information is available on the Certificate Programs page.

Register ONLINE using the buttons below, IN PERSON at The Shop at MCBA, or BY PHONE at 612-215-2520.

Please make every effort to register at least one week in advance of any class. Decisions about whether to cancel a class or add a section are typically made one week prior to the start of the class. If online registration for a class is not available, you may call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to inquire about availability or put your name on a waiting list in case of any cancellations. Our complete registration and cancellation policies are available here.
 
 
**This page contains a list of all adult papermaking & paper decoration classes. Alternatively, visit the following pages for other adult classes:

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Papermaking & Paper Decoration Classes

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling
with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, June 1; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 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

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $35.00

Date: June 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section A)

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section A)
with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, June 4-8; 9am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

This week-long paper marbling workshop using acrylic paints is designed for both beginning and more experienced marblers. Through instruction and demonstrations, you will learn or review the basic recipes for carrageenan, etc. and the classic patterns. Expand your marbling horizons by marbling on wooden items and a variety of formed paper masks. We will also include side-bar discussions on such things as tool and paint making, and marbling fabrics for those interested. This workshop offers time to build your technique and trouble-shoot with seasoned practitioners as well as develop your color palette and cultivate your marbling style.

Certificate: 30 hours; Category A or B

$380 ($350 members) + $120 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/4/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $315.00

Date: June 4, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Pulp Painting

Pulp Painting
with Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, June 9 & 10; 10am-4pm

Up your papermaking game with pulp painting! Start with an overview of Western-style sheet forming, then learn ways of incorporating images onto wet sheets of paper using pigmented pulp. Techniques will include stenciling and free form drawing and painting for unique results. Papermaking experience is beneficial, but not required.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$195 ($175 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 5/19/18

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Price: $175.00

Date: June 9, 2018

A Rainbow of Possibilities: Color Approaches for Handmade Paper

A Rainbow of Possibilities: Color Approaches for Handmade Paper
with Mary Hark and Maria Wood
Mon-Fri, June 11-15; 10am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

This team-taught, week-long intensive will cover innovative uses of aqueous disperse pigments, an introduction to easy-to-use natural dyes including walnut and indigo, and other ways of coloring pulp and finished dried sheets. The first days will focus on paper production with a review of appropriate fibers and pulp processing for different coloring processes. By the end of the week all participants will have produced a beautiful portfolio of papers that make use of all the processes covered and a variety of fibers, accompanied by recipes and directions for continued production. Experienced papermakers are encouraged to bring papers they have produced for dyeing.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category C or D

$380 ($350 members) + $65 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 5/21/18

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Price: $315.00

Date: June 11, 2018

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section A)
with Sally Power
Saturday, June 23; 10am-4pm
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 Patterns II.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 4/21/18

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Price: $85.00

Date: June 23, 2018

Intermediate Papermaking: Exploring the Handmade Paper-to-Print Link

Intermediate Papermaking: Exploring the Handmade Paper-to-Print Link
with Bridget O'Malley
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8; 6-9pm

The connection between paper and print is obvious. Sometimes overlooked are the many possibilities of imparting imagery into the paper as it is made and after it is dried. Investigate the paper-to-print link through the use of such techniques as: watermarking, stencil blow-outs, embossing, screen printing with paper pulp, low relief casting onto linoleum blocks, and more.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B, C, or D

$290 ($260 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $230, valid through 6/20/18

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Price: $260.00

Date: July 11, 2018

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)

Paper Marbling: Patterns I (Section B)
with Sally Power
Sunday, July 15; 10am-4pm
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 Patterns II.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 6/24/2018

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Price: $75.00

Date: July 15, 2018

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)
with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, July 21; 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 for books, gifts or decoration.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 6/30/18

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Price: $75.00

Date: July 21, 2018

Make Marbling Tools

Make Marbling Tools
with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, July 29; 9am-5pm

Learn how to make marbling tools! Build at least four combs/rakes for creating classic marbling patterns, custom-sized to your own personal tank sizes. Alternative tool-making methods will be discussed so additional custom tools may be developed to support your own pattern ideas. Please provide dimensions (length x width x height) of your marbling tank when registering for this workshop.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 ($115 members) + $15 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 7/8/18

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Price: $130.00

Date: July 29, 2018

Dirty Works: Suminagashi

Dirty Works: Suminagashi
with Erin Maurelli
Friday, August 3; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Suminagashi is a traditional form of paper marbling from Japan. The word Suminagashi literally translates to “floating ink.” Create lovely and unpredictable patterns using this ancient decorative technique.

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

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Price: $35.00

Date: August 3, 2018

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section B)

Paper Marbling Intensive (Section B)
with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, August 13-17; 9am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

This week-long paper marbling workshop using acrylic paints is designed for both beginning and more experienced marblers. Through instruction and demonstrations, you will learn or review the basic recipes for carrageenan, etc. and the classic patterns. Expand your marbling horizons by marbling on wooden items and a variety of formed paper masks. We will also include side-bar discussions on such things as tool and paint making, and marbling fabrics for those interested. This workshop offers time to build your technique and trouble-shoot with seasoned practitioners as well as develop your color palette and cultivate your marbling style.

Certificate: 30 hours; Category A or B

$380 ($350 members) + $120 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $315, valid through 7/23/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $315.00

Date: August 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Special Topics in Papermaking: Eco-Printing

Special Topics in Papermaking: Eco-Printing
with Bridget O'Malley
Sunday, August 19; 10am-4pm

Eco Printing is a form of natural dyeing where the colors from plant leaves and flowers are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling. This class will explore the many possibilities of color and textures found in the bounty of plants that the end of summer provides. Bring papers and textiles, and discover the possibilities to create unique prints and papers for use in handmade books, covers, and letterpress printing.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category C or D

$95 ($75 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $55, valid through 7/29/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: August 19, 2018

Paper Marbling: Special Effects

Paper Marbling: Special Effects
with Sally Power
Saturday, August 25; 10am-4pm
Introduction to Marbling or equivalent required

Go beyond patterns and explore a range of marbling techniques that create special effects! These techniques include: moiré and Spanish moiré, which make the marbled sheet look as if it’s folded or underwater; and over-marbling, which adds depth and complexity to the patterns. Methods for using white space and marbling on colored paper will also be explored.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $75, valid through 10/07/18

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $75.00

Date: August 25, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Dirty Works: Paste Papers

Dirty Works: Paste Papers
with Anna Shepard
Friday, September 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Paste paper was invented by bookbinders in an effort to find an affordable method for embellishing bindings in-house. Play with color and pattern while creating decorative papers using paste, acrylic paints and several unique tools.

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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: September 7, 2018

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling
with Suzanne Hughes
Friday, December 7; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 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

Register

Price: $35.00

Date: December 7, 2018