Marbling Lab

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

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, 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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Introduction to Book Arts – FULL

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 – FULL

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

Dirty Works: Screen Printing – FULL

with John Babcock and Kirsten Olson
Friday, April 5; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing while creating your own unique print on a t-shirt and paper!

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: Simple Sewn and Folded Books – FULL

with Laura Brown
Friday, April 5; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn basic materials, tools, and skills involved in the bookbinding process while exploring simple folded and sewn bindings. Experiment with a variety of materials to create soft-cover blank books.

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

Letterpress II

with CB Sherlock
Thursday, April 4; 6-8pm
Sat-Sun, April 6 & 7; 9am-5pm

This class is designed to develop skill and confidence for working independently on a Vandercook press. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing several single sheet books.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Introduction to Coptic Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, April 13; 9am-5pm

Learn the classic Coptic stitch in two variations: the two-needle and the four-needle technique. Learn to cover boards with decorative papers to make a small blank journal that opens flat for ease in use. The coptic binding was developed during the second to third century in Egypt and was used throughout the Islamic world and Eastern Christendom (Europe), and is still used in some parts of Ethiopia today. This style was adapted from the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making, creating a chain or link stitch to bind the sections together.

***On Thursday, April 18 from 7-9pm, MCBA is honored to be partnering with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library for a special free lecture hosted by Melissa Morton exploring The Book Technologies of the Early ‘People of the Book’: Coptic and Ethiopic Christian Codices and Their Late Antique and Medieval Relatives. Learn more HERE.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category A

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 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

Origami: Mini Books and Bookcase

with Kathleen Sheridan
Thursday, April 18; 6-9pm

Get in on the mini craze with mini origami books. Learn to fold a ten page book from a single piece of paper – no cuts, no glue! We will fold a few books and a bookcase to store them. You’ll go home with the knowledge to fold more books on your own.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 supply fee

Edge Decoration for Bindings

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, April 20, 10am-5pm

All of the surface on a book can be decorated. In this workshop we will learn several decorative technique for coloring the page edges of a book. Painting, sprinkling and sponging color, graphite, and gauffering will be covered and samples of other methods will be shown and discussed. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with a combination of these techniques and should bring a text block with no covers and a couple of paperback books for practice.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Intermediate Screen Printing: Fun with Layers

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Thursdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-9pm
Screen printing experience required

This project-driven course will focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures employed in screen printing an edition of prints with multiple layers. Gain fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to confidently explore and experiment within the medium of screen printing, including registration methods and techniques, creating analog and digital color separations and artwork for films, mixing inks, printing effectively, and planning for successful screen prints with all of the above. Each participant will create at least one edition of prints over the course of the class and will have the opportunity to participate in a group print exchange. Participants will also have the option to make simple prints on apparel.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category C

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 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

Clamshell Box – FULL

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, April 27; 10am-5pm
Boxmaking experience required

Also known as a drop spine box, the clamshell box is the basic all-purpose box to preserve and store valuable books, photographs and other works on paper. Make a single wall drop spine box using precut materials, and learn measuring and cutting techniques to continue making boxes on your own, custom made to fit your own books or objects.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category B or D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Introduction to Design: Color and Composition

with Laura Brown
Sat-Sun, April 27 & 28; 9am-4pm

Developing a visual language is essential for any artist. This two-day workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating images through exercises that emphasize experimentation and play. With a focus on color relationships and their effect on composition, methods will include collage, drawing, watercolor painting, and rubber stamp carving and printing.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills core design requirement

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Typesetting Off The Grid

with Jason Yoh
Sat-Sun, April 27 & 28; 10am-4pm
Letterpress I or equivalent required

In weekend intensive, focus on typesetting and printing techniques that move beyond straight lines and right angles to set type that curves, angles, and bounces. Explore historic and innovative methods and tools for handset typographic composition in order to manipulate type and create dynamic lock-ups on MCBA’s Vandercook cylinder presses.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee