Marbling Lab

$45 (10% discount for MCBA members) +$15 supply fee
Marbling experience required
Multiple Saturday offerings; 10am-4pm

Marbling experience required

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, rakes, alum, brushes, cups and eye droppers; supply your own Golden Fluid Acrylic paint and paper. Please note: 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.

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Mini Japanese Screens – Closed

with Sheila Asato
Saturday, July 20; 10am-4pm

Often featured as a backdrop for a flower arrangement or a display of small objects, Japanese folding screens are viewed as a work of art in and of themselves. Learn how to make a small folding screen with traditional Japanese paper hinges. Then, cover your screen with paper collage using decorative Japanese papers, your own artwork, or magazine images.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Japanese Papermaking and Decoration – Closed

with Bridget O’Malley
Sat-Sun, July 20 & 21; 10am-5pm
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: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills core papermaking requirement

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Suminagashi – Closed

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, July 20; 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

Paste Papers – FULL

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, July 27; 10am–3pm

Paste paper is a simple but sophisticated method of decorating paper dating back to the late 16th century. With a paste mixture and paint we will use combs, brushes, graining tools and found object to produce intricate designs. Go home with beautiful paper to use as book covers, endsheets, or to wrap boards for handmade boxes.

Certificate: 5 hours; Category D

$85 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 supply fee

Screen Printing on Fabric

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Saturday, July 27; 10am-4pm

Print your own t-shirt, tote bag, and tea towel. Learn the basics of screen printing on fabric using hand-drawn artwork, cut paper stencils, and darkroom techniques. Instruction will cover design, screen exposure, ink, and multi-color printing for fabric. Bring your own sketches and ideas to class!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A or D

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

Introduction to Western-Style Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Sundays: July 28, August 4; 10am-5pm
Great for beginners

Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of Western-style papermaking as we process cotton and abaca fibers in the Hollander beaters, use moulds and deckles to form sheets, and explore traditional drying techniques. Then we will up the ante by adding pigments, inclusions, and/or sizing. Focus will be on consistent sheet formation and on a solid grounding in materials and technique.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A or D, fulfills core papermaking requirement

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Dirty Works: Painting on the Press

with Kerri Mulcare
Friday, August 2; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experience letterpress printing on a Vandercook press! Print a poster using cuts and wood type. Taking an experimental approach to letterpress printing by using hand brayers to ink the forms, participants will create a unique and varied edition of prints.

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

Dirty Works: Suminagashi

with Erin Maurelli
Friday, August 2; 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

Dirty Works: Tunnel Books

with Jill Weese
Friday, August 2; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Create a simple, layered, 3-dimensional scene in this popular sculptural book. Start with one section and you will add sections to see how the book changes with each additional layer. Tunnel books are fun sculptural books easily made at home with minimal 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

Movables and Pop-Ups in Artists’ Books

with Olli Johnson
Sat-Sun, August 3 & 4; 10am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Learn how to add movement and dimension to your work. Explore a variety of techniques while learning fundamental paper engineering principles. Starting with basic pop-up structures, learn how to use free-hand shapes and templates to make more complicated designs that animate with the turn of a page or pull of a tab. No experience necessary.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

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

Spirited Journaling

with Sheila Asato
Wednesdays: August 7, 14, 21, 28; 6-9pm

The creative spirit expresses itself through image, color, shape, texture and language. Spirited journaling is a way to explore and expand our inner lives, to strengthen our creative muscles, deepen our understanding and work with dreams. In this class you will cultivate that creative spirit through a variety of practices including simple bookbinding, watercolor, collage and lettering. No artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to explore. You will leave with a unique journal filled with pages that reflect your expanding creative spirit.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Beginning Book Repair

with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, August 10 & 11; 10am-5pm
Intro to Binding (or equivalent) recommended

Where do you to start with your collection of books that need some repair? With this course we will begin with the basics. Learning about the materials and adhesives used in repair and some simple techniques such as cleaning paper and cloth, tear mends, end sheet repair and replacement, reattaching loose or torn out pages and repairs to corner and spines. Students will learn minor repairs and recognize their limits. Bring three books in need of repair to the first class (no leather).

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A or B

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 supply fee

Papermaking with Clothes

with Dana LeMoine
Sat-Sun, August 10 & 11; 10am-5pm

Learn a new way to reuse and recycle with this class that will cover the basics of papermaking and focus on how to make paper out of old clothing items you no longer wear. Students will learn fiber preparation, basic use of a Valley Beater, sheet formation and pressing and drying techniques. This weekend workshop will encourage students to practice their sheet forming to make a small collection of beautifully formed, even sheets that will be perfect for writing and other art techniques once they dry.

Certificate: 14 hours; Category B

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Paper Marbling: Special Effects

with Sally Power
Saturday, August 17; 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 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee