Learn how to produce beautiful hand marbled papers. Start with simple Suminagashi, using Chinese inks to produce delicate papers. Then progress to traditional marbling techniques, using gouache paints to produce papers in a set of standard patterns and others of your own design.
This course introduces the techniques required to produce marbled papers. The aim is for you to gain the knowledge and skills to be able to set up a marbling tank from scratch and be able to marble paper independently and proficiently.
You will begin with simple suminagashi, which uses Chinese inks floating on water to produce delicate but effective papers, using some of the same techniques as traditional marbling. Then progress onto traditional marbling techniques using gouache paints to produce a range of papers in a set of standard patterns, along with others designed by the group.
You will learn all the skills required using A4 sized trays, but it is intended that everyone will gain the confidence to marble using a large tray (70cm x 50cm) by the end of the course.
The following will all be covered:
• Setting up the marbling size in the tanks.
• Making the paints and expanding agents.
• Treating the paper with a mordant.
• Trouble shooting issues.
• Colour and pattern matching.
The course will be taught with a mixture of demonstrations and group discussions, but will mainly involve hands on time producing a range of beautiful patterned papers to take away.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
"It was the holistic nature of the entire weekend experience,
every aspect complimented and enhanced the others. Louise's relaxed
but highly professional delivery of a course steeped with content
provided a real sense of artistic advancement. West Dean as a venue
was simply perfect, it surpassed every expectation, an excitingly
stylish backdrop for good living and natural socialising.
Nothing disappointed - I'm saving up for another visit "
"The setting of West Dean itself - idyllic. The quality of the teaching. The generally agreeable nature of the other attendees. The quality of the internal spaces and the facilities available to students"
" The excellent tutor, the interest and variety of the course content and the delicious meals. Oh and the wonderful location - but I am local so visit it regularly "
Louise originally trained and worked as a Secondary School Science Teacher. After juggling full-time teaching with working for the family bookbinding business something had to give, so she left education and now works full-time with her husband Stuart. A long time admirer of marbled paper she took several courses which started an interest in this amazing and satisfying craft.