Join Pippa Pixley, a member of the International Marbling Network, for a creative one day workshop showing how to make your own beautiful marbled papers.
Marbling is the aqueous surface design method of creating unique and beautiful mono-prints by swirling, rippling, splashing and combining different pigments floated on the surface of a seaweed-based size and then transferring those patterns directly into prepared papers.
In this workshop you will learn how to set up your size, mix paints, mordant your paper and to create beautiful patterns using various combs. Everyone will leave with beautiful marbled paper, ideas & techniques to try at home.
Pippa’s custom-built marbling combs are now available to buy direct:
A4 (21cm) Marbling Toolkit (UK P&P included)
Each kit comprises: 4x combs: semi-fine, standard, wide, and staggered; 1x spattering brush; 1x gel-git stick; 1x lifting rod. Standard 3-5day delivery within Mainland UK & NI included.
Suminagashi is the beautiful Japanese artform of floating inks on a bath of water to create a monoprint. The process involves using an ink stick which I grind onto an inkstone with a little water, moving it in a circular motion until I reach the right consistency of ink. With the brush inked (and with minimal movement) I dip the tip of brush horizontally onto the surface of the water to create concentric circles. Various patterns and shapes, swishes and swirls reminiscent of the knots, grain and ring forms of trees, or the topography of maps and mountain ranges, are created by using an aspirator or just by blowing onto the bath. It is a really wonderful process, something quite magical and serendipitous. You never really know what kind of a print you will make, it is very dependent on the conditions, a breeze through a window, the movement of a pet or just your own breathing can affect the image, changing it in some way. It’s exciting knowing that just like every snowflake is different so, too, is every print. No matter how many I produce no two will be the same; each one will be unique and special in some way. The prints are used in a number of ways – for book covers, endpapers, framed original prints or wrapping paper – depending on the purpose and the type of paper used. If you love playing with inks and hearing the soothing sound of water you will love this aqueous surface design printing method.”
Suminagashi is the Japanese art of floating inks on the surface of the water to create a monoprint. It is a beautiful art that creates unique patterns, as the paint swishes and swirls on the bath.In this workshop, you will learn the ancient art of Suminagashi marbling as well as bookbinding skills to create your own handbound books. Pippa will share the secrets to achieve strong, hi-contrast prints by combining traditional techniques with modern materials.