Introduction to Western Paper Marbling

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$ 190.00

October 5th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Pietro Accardi
  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: October 5th, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: October 5th, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

In this introductory 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 Fee (includes $25 materials fee): $190.00

Date & Time: Friday, October 5, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


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:

The instructor was knowledgeable, personable and a natural teacher. He generously shared the wisdom he has gained from years of paper marbling and provided a handout with useful resources. Most of the class time was spent marbling paper using various techniques Pietro demonstrated. Every aspect of marbling was discussed and demonstrated, including paper selection/prep, size composition/ prep to marbling patterns. We were delighted to produce complex and beautiful marbling patterns and to have the knowledge to continue the endeavor in the future.”

“We consider ourselves fortunate indeed to have had the opportunity to learn paper marbling from Pietro. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, organized and a natural teacher. He encouraged each of us to explore marbling within our personal styles of creativity and to be adventurous with new techniques. The quality and quantity of materials he provided were most appreciated.”

“Pietro was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his marbling. His joy in marbling and helping his students produce magnificent results was obvious and infectious. He would answer detailed technical questions and give clear unambiguous answers revealing details that are often left out. I believe he imparted enough knowledge that I am confident I will be able to continue to improve my own skills and produce marble paper the show good results. Pietro was also patient with his students and always had time to answer questions and challenge us to take full advantage of the time we had.”

$ 190.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States