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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Suminagashi – FULL

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, March 23; 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

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

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

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

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

Extreme Marbling

with Sally Power
Sunday, April 28; 9am-3pm
Marbling experience required

Focus on building marbling technique by creating patterns. Learn patterns that require manipulating the comb in a figure-eight shape as well as patterns created through use of a bouquet comb. Participants are encouraged to practice “pulling” patterns with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Developing your own patterns will also be discussed. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop builds on techniques learned in Introduction to Marbling and Marbling: Patterns I.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

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

Modern Marbling – FULL

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Sunday, May 5; 10am-4pm
Intro to Marbling and Patterns I required

Take your marbling skills to a new level! In this one-day workshop, learn to make newly-designed, contemporary patterns. Inspired by traditional marbling, these patterns bring a familiar but fresh take on a centuries-old art form. Class discussions include the science of marbling, critiques, and troubleshooting. Participants will take their marbled fabrics home ready to use for bookbinding and other arts.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

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

Paper Marbling Intensive

with Sue Bjerke, Heather RJ Fletcher, and Sally Power
Mon-Fri, June 3-7; 10am-4pm

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

$425 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $120 supply fee

Dirty Works: Paper Marbling

with Cindy Gipple
Friday, June 7; 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

Papermaking Intensive: Production Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Mon-Fri, June 10-14; 10am-3pm
All skill levels welcome

Are you interested in creating an edition of paper for a print project or a book? Many artists want to use handmade paper that is specific to their project, from a soft paper that takes an impression well to something skin-like and translucent that encourages a relationship to the human body. This workshop will help you to consider what fibers to work with and how to prepare it. Instruction will cover the basics of papermaking, such as, how to use a Hollander beater to make a variety of pulps from just one fiber, sheet-forming, and pressing and drying paper. How to harvest fiber from gardens, as well as, surface coatings and paper treatments such as dyes and gelatin sizing will also be addressed.

Certificate: 25 hours, Category B

$380 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Introduction to Marbling (Section A)

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, June 22; 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

Paper Marbling: Patterns I

with Sally Power
Sunday, 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 Extreme Marbling.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

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

The Potential of Pulp Painting

with Megan Burchett
Sat-Sun, June 29 & 30; 10am-4pm
Papermaking experience helpful

Explore the diverse potential of pulp painting! This versatile process can be used to create works ranging from abstract designs to detailed imagery. 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 wet paper collage, layering, stenciling, and free form drawing.

Certificate: 12 hours; Category B or D

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

Japanese Papermaking and Decoration

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