please join us on april 16th @ 6:30 and explore art of paste papers and paper marbling. the cost is $50 and the class is limited to 6 participants.
paste papers are one of the earliest methods used to decorate paper. from the late 16th century through to the 18th century they were predominately used as book covers and as endsheets. today, paste papers continue to be used in book binding, but may be used as wrapping papers and for various paper crafts.
papers decorated with paste, inks, and paints display a wide ranging amount of complexity and skill level. they may be printed with designs, decorated with freehand brush strokes, or drawn with some tool directly on the colored, paste-covered surface of the paper. click here to learn more and to see examples.
the origin and development of marbling was practiced in japan as early as the 12th century. the first forms of japanese marbling were called suminagashi, or ink floating. delicate, swirled patterns were produced on paper when colors of ink were floated on the surface of the water. the artist would drop circles of black and indigo blue ink into the water, then blow on the surface of the water to produce smoke-like patterns. participants will have the opportunity to marble greeting cards, envelopes, bookmarks, gift tags, and paper scraps. click here to see more!