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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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

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: 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

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

Introduction to Marbling (Section B)

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Sunday, August 18; 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

MASTER CLASS: Classic Watercolor Marbling – WAITLIST AVAILABLE

with Regina and Dan St. John, Chena River Marblers
Tue-Fri, October 1-4; 9am-4pm
Marbling experience helpful but not required

Recreate authentic marbling patterns of the 1800s using historic techniques, lost over time, and rediscovered through research. Make paints from pigments, self-made binders, and beeswax glazing past which can be burnished to a polished, durable finish. Learn to manage paint additives to create and intermingle beautiful Shell, Stormont, Glouster, Italian Vein, and Tiger Eye patterns. Marvel as nineteenth century techniques meet twentieth century materials for endless possibilities!

Regina and Dan St. John are Chena River Marblers. They specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers, and teaching marbling workshops around the country. Deeply influenced by historic marbling traditions all over the world, Chena River Marblers’ work encompasses much of the past while incorporating a twenty-first century twist to pattern, color, and technique.

Discounts are not available for visiting artist master classes. Register early as availability is limited and classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment six weeks in advance.

Certificate: 28 hours, Category C

$595 + $100 supply fee

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MASTER CLASS: Acrylic Marbling – WAITLIST AVAILABLE

with Regina and Dan St. John, Chena River Marblers
Sun-Mon, October 6 & 7; 9am-4pm
Marbling experience helpful but not required

This step by step acrylic paper marbling workshop is ideal for a beginner, but includes many innovations to challenge an experienced marbler. Work on full-size professional marbling tanks and learn how to use sets of precision marbling tools as they are introduced to a wide range of traditional and contemporary marbling patterns and techniques. Participants will leave with their own edge-marbled, leather journal, and many marbled papers in a spectacular array of patterns and colors.

Regina and Dan St. John are Chena River Marblers. They specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers, and teaching marbling workshops around the country. Deeply influenced by historic marbling traditions all over the world, Chena River Marblers’ work encompasses much of the past while incorporating a twenty-first century twist to pattern, color, and technique.

Discounts are not available for visiting artist master classes. Register early as availability is limited and classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment six weeks in advance.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category C

$350 + $50 supply fee

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MASTER CLASS: Enhanced Paper Decoration

with Regina and Dan St. John, Chena River Marblers
Thu-Sun, October 10-13; 9am-4pm
Marbling experience helpful but not required

Explore several types of paper decorating techniques including under-painting, stamping, and paste patterning. Learn how to combine these varied decorative methods to the greatest effect as they create truly unique papers. In the early 1980s, renewed interest in paste papers emerged as part of a renaissance in arts of decorative paper patterning. Paste and other decorative papers are most commonly used for traditional crafts such as bookbinding as well as in calligraphy, printmaking, scrap-booking, collage, rubber stamping, and origami. Participants are invited to bring previously marbled papers to add a paste paper layer which creates outstanding results.

Please note: Enhanced Paper Decoration takes place over four days (October 10-13) as listed above. The printed newsletter lists incomplete dates.

Regina and Dan St. John are Chena River Marblers. They specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers, and teaching marbling workshops around the country. Deeply influenced by historic marbling traditions all over the world, Chena River Marblers’ work encompasses much of the past while incorporating a twenty-first century twist to pattern, color, and technique.

Discounts are not available for visiting artist master classes. Register early as availability is limited and classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment six weeks in advance.

Certificate: 28 hours, Category C

$595 + $100 supply fee