MARBLING BASICS — How to prepare your paper, what surfaces to use, how to apply and manipulate the paint with tools 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 learning the steps. But even on this first day you will be surprised how many papers you can make. If you know how, come with papers alum treated to begin marbling sooner.
BEYOND BASICS — Learn to manipulate marbled patterns. Rene will demonstrate how she integrates marbling with watercolor painting. It’s easy when you know how to approach it! We’ll talk about color palette choices and how to prepare your pattern for opacity or transparency.
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.
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.
Marble specialty papers — extra large, using metallic paints or technique such as dripping paint into the pattern. Simulate water or stone. Master complex traditional patterns or experiment and make up your own. Now would be the time for marbling a 3-D object or silk scarf or cotton cloth to cover a one-of-a-kind sketchbook.