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  • Learn How to Marble

    Rene’s step by step instructional video demonstrates
    how to set up and create intricate marbled patterns
    that can be applied to watercolor paintings

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Marbling Video Tutorial

A complete guide to marbling

Join Rene as she shows the process and techniques of marbling using simple tools to make a variety of patterns in a clear, step-by-step approach. This is an in depth tutorial that covers every step of Marbling from start to finish. The video includes a bonus demonstration of a unique approach for marbling over watercolor paintings.

Video Includes:

  • how to alum paper
  • preparing carrageenan
  • mixing paint
  • basic & advanced pattern techniques
  • applying gall
  • how to marble over paintings
  • marbling history
  • materials list
  • examples

After purchase, you will have access to stream or download the video

About Rene

rene.art@gmail.com  503-890-9668

“My current work often features ordinary creatures, like the many illustrations of birds and flowers I painted for the Homes and Gardens and other sections during the 25 years I was staff artist for The Oregonian, but now I paint them the way I imagine they might look in an alternate world.

I am always curious and find interpretation exciting, first in the creation and again when I share my vision with you. My paintings usually evolve over time to the point that even I can’t know what direction they will take in the end. It is this journey — the experimental component of my work — that is the most rewarding, as I feel my way through the imperfections and settle on what to leave and what to alter. I’ve developed a technique that includes using acrylic paint marbling with my watercolor paintings. By combining layers of marbled patterning and color I begin to achieve a feeling of movement that allows my subjects to come alive. While my paintings tell a story, I try to leave enough ambiguity for you to invent the narrative.”

In 2021

Rene’s book,  “The Art Of Paint Marbling”, published by Walter Foster, will be on the shelves in March. Previously a hundred of her paintings were published in the book, “Plant This” by NPR correspondent Ketzel Levine.

Her painting, “Metamorphosis” was her third consecutive acceptance in the American Watercolor Society’s annual show, and with that she has earned signature membership in this prestigious group.

In 2022

“State Of Wonder” is Rene’s fourth consecutive acceptance in the American Watercolor Society’s annual show in April, check out her New York blog post. 

Rene paints in her classroom studio, set in the Tualatin Mountains near Portland. Her colorful watercolor work is often woven with acrylic patterning or texture while unique marbled or stamped papers are transformed as exquisite collaged creatures. These expressive paintings, interlaced with deeper symbolic meaning, invite the viewer to construct their own narrative.

Teaching locally and leading painting workshops in exotic locations such as Tuscany, Croatia and Costa Rica, René encourages each person’s unique artistic expression, creating a safe, supportive environment for growth and experimentation.

Read more about Rene’s process on her blog.


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