Paper Marbling online workshop

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March 6th, 2022 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Pietro Accardi
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: March 6th, 2022 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: March 27th, 2022 12:00 PM
  • Sessions: 4
  • In-person or Online?: Online

This is a four session ONLINE workshop:
Sundays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2022 :: 10-12pm Pacific time. 

This online class will provide an extensive knowledge of the marbling universe. You will learn many secrets and how to execute all the most famous patterns.

Each of the four sessions will explore a different theme, focusing on two patterns and their variations. Discussion will include color theory and harmony in combining colors for marbling. The instructor will explain how to prepare the carrageenan bath and how to alum paper. Students will watch the live demonstrations with time to work and ask questions of the instructor. Students will also learn what materials and paint to buy to continue marbling on their own.

Pietro has designed a mini marbling kit that allows everyone to practice marbling at home with quality materials. Each student will receive a mailed kit containing: 15 sheets of prepared paper (enough for the first session), carrageenan, alum, 4 paint colors, 4 rakes, surfactant, pipettes, and a 9”x11” tray. 

Because of complications with international shipping, this class is only open to US students.

Materials to Bring: 

For the first session:

  • Mailed kit of marbling supplies
  • Apron
  • Protected work surface and floor (i.e. use a dropcloth)
  • Hanging clothesline with pins or drying rack for wet paper
  • Regular 60 or 70lb white copy paper, 8.5 x 11", preferably not acid free. Recommended: Cougar Digital 70lb (preferred), Finch Fine 70lb, or Hammermill 60lb. No glossy papers.

For the later sessions/homework:

  • Rubber or nitrile gloves 
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
  • Jar with a lid to store alum solution

Workshop Fee: $200

Date & Time: 4 Sundays :: March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2022 :: 10-12pm Pacific Time

Location: Online over Zoom. Registered students will have access to the class recordings for a month after the final class session.

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 Library, Municipal Archives, and University Libraries restoring and binding documents and books. He also runs his own paper marbling and decorative box making business. Now he lives near Lake Tahoe with wife, cats and a studio.

Past Student Reviews:

“I'm delighted to learn how to do marbling at home; adjusted for size. And Pietro is always a delight!”

“Pietro reminds us that art is a process and there is great fun in experimenting.  He teaches us the “rules” and then we can do what we want.”

“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.”

Online via Zoom
United States