Learn marbling basics — how to prepare your paper, what surfaces to use, how to apply and manipulate the paint and how the tools work to create a variety of patterns. Make exciting one-of-a-kind papers for collage or experimental paintings. While the marbling process is fast and exhilarating, to master it requires some time to learn the steps. But even on this first day you will be surprised how many papers you can make.
Delve into more advanced methods of manipulating marbled patterns. Rene will demonstrate how she integrates marbling with a watercolor painting without obscuring areas she wants to save. It’s easy when you know how to approach it! We’ll talk about color palette choices and how to manipulate your pattern for how opaque or transparent it is. Marble sheets of blank watercolor paper with patterns that allow paper to show through. Marble over art prints to get a feel for how much to cover. Marble over maps, sheet music or pages from a book. Try marbling cloth to cover a one-of-a-kind sketchbook.
Learn to make subtle patterns with little value change and riotous patterns full of verve. Rene will demo how she subdues a wild marbled pattern with dark watercolor paint or semi-opaque ground for watercolor, to begin integrating a painting. You may want to try this yourself — paint or marble, your choice. You could use this time to make specialty papers — extra large, using metallics or technique such as dripping paint into the pattern. Simulate water or stone. Master complex traditional patterns or simply experiment and make up your own. Now would be the time for marbling a scarf or tie, your crocs, a lazy susan or other 3-D object.