Papermaking & Paper Marbling

MCBA offers in-person and virtual workshops in book arts—from letterpress printing to paper marbling and everything in between! Designed for adults looking to spark their creativity and professionals aiming to hone their technique, MCBA’s workshops feature intimate class sizes and hands-on experiences using process-specific equipment, including technology designed and built in the 19th and 20th centuries, and artisan-built equipment made today. Workshops focus on building skills in a specific process, which often leads to a physical takeaway like a bound book, a letterpress printed poster, a screen printed zine, or a sheet of paper made or marbled by hand.

Teaching artists bring a wide range of education and experience along with a mission to inspire connection and creativity. Workshops are designed to balance lecture, demonstration, work time, and group sharing.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions about registration or recording policies? Check out MCBA’s Workshop & Studio Lab Policies and FAQs. If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a workshop here. Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.

Modern Marbling 2

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, August 20; 10am–4pm CT

Learn to make newly-designed, contemporary patterns in this in-person workshop, which is a continuation of Modern Marbling I. Inspired by traditional marbling, these patterns bring a familiar-but-fresh take on a centuries-old art form. A thirty-minute demonstration of advanced patterns learned in Modern Marbling I will be shown at the beginning of the workshop. The rest of the time the instructor will work with each participant one-on-one, answering questions and troubleshooting.  Continue reading “Modern Marbling 2”

Introduction to Marbling: August

with Michelle Blodgett
Saturday, August 27; 10am–4pm CT

Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with this single-day, in-person workshop! Learn the basic process of paper 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 be used in bookbinding and other arts. Continue reading “Introduction to Marbling: August”

Introduction to Marbling: September

with Michelle Blodgett
Saturday, September 10; 10am–4pm CT

Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with this single-day, in-person workshop! Learn the basic process of paper 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 be used in bookbinding and other arts. Participants will leave the workshop with the confidence to work independently at MCBA’s Marbling Labs.
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Art Practice Circle: Fall Series

with Laura Brown
Mondays: September 12, October 3, November 7, December 5; 7–8:30pm CT

Would you like to attend all four Art Practice Circle meetings this fall? Register for them all at once and receive a discount!

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress.  Recommended for those who practice some form of book arts (book/paper/print) or related process (such as calligraphy, papercutting, marbling, etc.). Continue reading “Art Practice Circle: Fall Series”

Art Practice Circle: September

with Laura Brown
Mondays: September 12; 7–8:30pm CT

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress.  Recommended for those who practice some form of book arts (book/paper/print) or related process (such as calligraphy, papercutting, marbling, etc.). Continue reading “Art Practice Circle: September”

Wearable Paper Jewelry

with Azania Tripp
Thursday, September 29; 6–8pm CT

Create your own one-of-a-kind wearable jewelry piece with paper! In this in-person workshop, learn to design pins, earrings, and pendants out of recycled magazine paper. Participants will select birchwood shapes (circles, triangles, and squares of varying sizes) to be used as a base for collage. Then, they’ll paste down paper designs cut with scissors, exacto knives, and hole punching tools. After the workshop, the teaching artist will complete the pieces with sterling silver attachments and seal the art with resin for longevity, which takes about two weeks. Participants can return to pick up their jewelry at the Shop at MCBA starting Saturday, 10/15. Continue reading “Wearable Paper Jewelry”

Japanese Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Saturday, September 17; 10–5pm CT

Explore the tools and techniques of Japanese papermaking in this in-person workshop. Learn fiber preparation techniques including cooking, cleaning and hand beating, sheet formation, pressing, and drying. Finished papers can be strong yet nearly translucent, and sheet size can range from 5 x 7 inches to 5 x 7 feet! Come away from the workshop with skills needed to make Japanese paper independently during MCBA’s Papermaking Labs. Continue reading “Japanese Papermaking”

Paper Beater Training: September 20

Tuesday, September 20; 6:30-7:30pm CT
Papermaking Experience Required

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.
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Art Practice Circle: October

with Laura Brown
Mondays: October 3; 7–8:30pm CT

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This monthly gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress.  Recommended for those who practice some form of book arts (book/paper/print) or related process (such as calligraphy, papercutting, marbling, etc.). Continue reading “Art Practice Circle: October”

European Papermaking

with Bridget O’Malley
Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20; 6–9pm CT

Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of European-style papermaking in this in-person studio workshop. Participants will be guided through fiber preparation, the process of using molds and deckles to form sheets, and techniques for pressing and drying. Our focus will be on consistent sheet formation and safe, effective beater use, thereby giving participants a solid grounding in materials and techniques for future independent papermaking in MCBA’s Papermaking Labs. Continue reading “European Papermaking”

Intentional Over-Marbling

with Sally Power
Saturday–Sunday, October 15, 16; 10am–4pm CT

Over-marbling is the process of marbling a sheet of paper that has already been marbled once. Marblers often learn to over-marble as a way of improving previously marbled paper that did not turn out as well as they had hoped. However, when done intentionally, over-marbling can create beautiful effects! This in-person workshop will cover some of the most popular over-marbling approaches including more complex and unique patterns. Participants will have the opportunity to build their over-marbling skills in terms of both pattern and color combinations with the guidance of the teaching artist.  Continue reading “Intentional Over-Marbling”

Paper Beater Training: October 18

Tuesday, October 18; 6:30-7:30pm CT
Papermaking Experience Required

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.
Continue reading “Paper Beater Training: October 18”

Paper Marbling: Patterns 1

with Michelle Blodgett
Saturday, October 22; 10am–4pm CT

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this in-person workshop will focus on classical 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 own technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Come away with marbled paper samples, a handout, and skills needed to participate in MCBA’s Marbling Labs. Continue reading “Paper Marbling: Patterns 1”