Inventive Marbling: Exploring The Possibilities of Tools and Techniques

November 8, 2020 – November 14, 2020

Lesley Patterson-Marx

During this workshop students will explore the art form of marbling on paper, where prints are made from pigment floating on liquid. Participants will learn traditional pattern techniques, along with endless possibilities for invention, improvisation and experimentation. You will learn to prepare a marbling bath, adding mordant to paper and custom mixing colors. Students will create a variety of marbled papers exploring color and pattern while using tools that they make. Paper stencils, found papers, atomizers, rakes, combs, droppers, stylus and whisks will expand your toolbox and open a world of possibilities for this versatile medium. With finished papers, participants will have the option to create simple non adhesive book structures and collages. Open to all skill levels.


Lesley Patterson-Marx is a teaching artist in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her MFA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Patterson-Marx incorporates marbling into her artist’s books, printmaking and textile works, which have been exhibited across the U.S., Great Britain and The Netherlands. Her commercial work with marbling has included historical reproduction for a publishing company, custom designs for men’s swimwear and marbled collage illustration.

Lesley Patterson-Marx

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2020. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund of deposit.


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