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

Waitlist:

Dirty Works: Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Friday, October 4; 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

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

Waitlist:

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

Dirty Works: Suminagashi

with Erin Maurelli
Friday, November 1; 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

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, ice cube trays (for paints), 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.

DateRegistration
11/2Click to register
12/7Click to register

Make Marbling Tools

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, November 2; 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 email adulted@mnbookarts.org with dimensions of your tank (length x width x height) after registering for this workshop.

Certificate: Category D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Paper Marbling: Patterns I

with Sally Power
Saturday, November 16; 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 Extreme Marbling.

Certificate: Category B or D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Luminaria

with Bridget O’Malley
Wednesdays: December 4 & 11; 6-9pm

Create some light! As the days grow shorter, the warm glow of a festive luminaria can cut through the darkness that surrounds us. Make handmade paper luminarias with watermarks and paper cut designs. Perfect for decorating your home or giving as holiday gifts. Please bring boots or shoes that can get wet as well as sketches of inspiration for your designs.

Certificate: Category D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Introduction to Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, December 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: Category A

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee