Marvelous Marbling on Paper & Silk – April 8, 2017

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Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster  (Directions)

Instructor: Diane Maurer

Skill Level:  Beginner to Intermediate


Pale meandering lines and jagged rings of color are the hallmark of Japanese Suminagashi marbling.  A favorite of paper decorators for over 800 years, this is an easy, almost meditative type of marbling. In this class you’ll learn to float dyes on water, fan, blow or tease them into designs and apply a sheet of absorbent paper to make a contact print. We’ll concentrate on eastern techniques and add some western take-offs like multiple-image work and kitty-whisker prints to spice things up.

We’ll begin this class by exploring Suminagashi marbling on paper and then apply the techniques to marble silk. You’ll leave class with beautiful papers, a silk scarf and a new technique to use for quilting, bookbinding or making wearable art.

Supply List: Please come prepared with an apron or other dye-appropriate clothing as well as a packed lunch.

Materials Fee:  $12 payable to the instructor at the time of the class covers paper, dyes, surfactant, silk and paper towels.

Diane MaurerDiane Maurer-Mathison’s decorative papers have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the world. Numerous design commissions include work for Lenox China, Harper Collins Publishers and Godiva Chocolates. She is the author of thirteen books on paper art and has demonstrated marbling and paste paper design on several television shows. In addition to writing, teaching workshops and selling marbling supplies, Diane produces collages, handbound books and wearable art for fine crafts galleries.

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