Marbling on paper, fabric and other materials with Louise Brockman

Bookbinding and paper marbling

Ref: SWE11750

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About this course

Build on your paper marbling skills to learn complicated patterns and use these to design patterns of your own. Enhance your abilities in replicating colours and patterns consistently. Experiment by marbling a variety of different materials.

Course Description

This course goes beyond the basics taught on the beginners' course 'Making marbled papers' which Louise teaches at the College. If you haven't attended this course previously, you will need some experience of paper marbling.

You will use your skills and knowledge to make more complicated patterns and to use these to enable you to design patterns of your own and to enhance the skills required to replicate colours and patterns consistently. The weekend will start with a re-cap of the set up procedures and basic patterns required to make a range of marbled papers. The second day will focus on marbling on fabrics, wood, leather, vellum, clay, books and any other materials that are available.

The course has the flexibility for students to work with guidance on materials and projects of their own. There is no compulsion to use any of the materials that you do not wish to.

Particular focus will be put upon the trouble shooting of common issues in marbling and colour and pattern matching.

Oversized A4 sized trays will be used along with other larger trays to work on, and it is intended that everyone will get as much opportunity to use a large tray (70cm x 50cm) as possible throughout the two days.

The first evening session will be used to prepare the caragheenan size ready for using the next day and to go over marbling processes to act as a reminder to participants.

The course will be taught with a mixture of demonstrations and group discussions, but will mainly involve hands on time producing a range of marbled items 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.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • All the materials required for this course will be provided by the tutor and used by the group as a whole.

What students need to bring

  • A roll of kitchen paper
  • Consider bringing a cardboard tube or portfolio to help you get your papers etc home safely.
  • Any paper, fabric or other materials you would like to try marbling on. On past courses a whole range of cottons, linens and silks have been tried. Paper, fabrics and other materials will be provided, but you may wish to try some on any materials that you bring along.
  • If you would like to try edge-marbling on a book – please bring a paperback that isn’t too precious to you.
  • Please bring an apron and wear old clothes – try to avoid wearing any clothing that is too woolly/fluffy as it can interfere with the marbling size surface.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Some basic pieces of equipment and marbling materials will be available to purchase, along with a selection of Louise’s hand marbled papers.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Louise Brockman

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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