Papermaking & Paper Marbling

MCBA offers virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. (Look for the icons below denoting either in-person or virtual format!) MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions about registration and withdrawal policies? This PDF contains a detailed list of policies and FAQs. If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.

Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.


Introduction to Marbling

with Michelle Blodgett
Saturday, November 13; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to our studios! Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with this single-day, in-person workshop! Learn the basic process of paper marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to be used in bookbinding and other arts. Continue reading “Introduction to Marbling”


with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, November 20; 10am–4pm CT

Suminagashi is a 12th century Japanese art form and precursor to modern marbling. In this in-person (hooray!) intensive, participants learn the basics of this centuries-old monoprint technique, including the tools and materials it requires and the ideology shaping suminagashi. Participants will develop a suite of patterns on paper and fabric using the natural forces of wind and vibration, and will learn how to use a “frisk” (a type of resist used to prevent ink from going into certain areas). Paper is provided; however, participants may bring natural cotton or silk fabrics to experiment. Continue reading “Suminagashi”

Paper Marbling: Patterns 1

with Sally Power
Saturday, December 11; 10am–4pm CT

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this in-person workshop will focus on classical patterns such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout.  Continue reading “Paper Marbling: Patterns 1”

Paper Beater 101

with Anna Haglin
Saturday, December 18; 1–3pm CT

Get acquainted (or reacquainted!) with MCBA’s wet studio and paper beaters. Learn how to safely operate MCBA’s Reina and Hollander beaters for sheet forming and sculptural paper projects. Learn the idiosyncrasies of each beater and which fibers are best for each kind of beater, along with the process of recovering the beater and wet studio.  Continue reading “Paper Beater 101”