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Paper Studio: Marbling

Course Details

Mondays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-BOOK-0620
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


This hands-on papermaking course explores the ancient art of marbling paper, a method of suspending pigment/color in water, moving it around with a variety of techniques and tools, transferring it onto an absorbent surface and then drying. Students learn two methods: ink and water, and a more complex technique using a gel medium with pigment. They craft their own simple reusable tools such as combs, feathers and twigs that they drag through the water to create elaborate swirled patterns. They complete the process by experimenting with different types and weights of paper to test absorption, color saturation and durability. By the end of the course, students will have produced a collection of beautiful marbled paper that can be used for bookbinding, box making, wrapping and writing paper, cards and potentially wallpaper. Historical examples of marbling are shown and discussed for inspiration.

Applies to: PS-E

  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)