Introduction to Western Paper Marbling

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$ 190.00

September 23rd, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Pietro Accardi
  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: September 23rd, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: September 23rd, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

In this inroductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling. Students will get hands on experience of all aspects of Western marbling techniques from paper priming and preparatory mixing of water medium and paints, to the creation of classical patterns. Specific attention will be given to learning how to obtain particular designs using a diverse array of rakes and combs. Students will have ample time for experimentation with guidance from the instructor and will leave with a sampling of papers they've marbled themselves.  

*Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made in the workshop may not be dry at the end of class. Students may return to SFCB after the workshop to retrieve any papers left to dry at the of the day.  

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $190.00

Date & Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Pietro Accardi

Pietro Accardi owned a bookbindery in Turin (Italy) for 12 years. He worked for Turin's main public library, Municipal Archives, and University libraries restoring and binding books and he ran his own paper marbling and decorative box making business. Now he lives in Gardnerville, NV.

Past Student Reviews: 

"It was a great class, and I would recommend it to anyone.”

“He was so likable and personable and capable. He was terrific.”

“I loved the hands-on practice time and all of Pietro's explanations of how to make the different patterns using the rakes and combs.”

“This was a great introduction to paper marbling and I really enjoyed learning an entirely different aspect to the art of the book than bookbinding or letterpress printing.”


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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States