Marbling is the centuries-old art form where paint is floated on water, special tools are used to create designs and patterns, and then the image is captured by placing paper (or fabric or wood or other porous materials!) on top of the water where it is immediately transferred and permanently affixed.
You’re probably most familiar with the marbled papers in the end pages of old books. Or maybe you’ve seen marbled patterns on boxes of Kleenex brand tissues. Or perhaps you’ve strolled the streets of Venice or Istanbul and seen shops filled with large sheets of marbled papers ready for your personal use.
Or maybe marbling is new to you all together. If so, you’re in for an amazing ride!
Who Clouds on Water is For
Who Clouds on Water is For
It is my passion “to bring marbling to the masses” so I set out to create a high-quality learning experience with the depth and breadth of knowledge that only comes with thousands of hours of marbling under one’s belt . . . and boundless enthusiasm for the art form!
Marbling is incredibly user friendly! No previous painting experience—or any other kind of art experience—is necessary to learn how to do it. All you need is a sense of adventure; a desire to explore color and pattern and design; and a willingness to let go of perfection and embrace purpose. And once you get a few basic technical skills down, there really is no way to fail at it. You’ll be WOWED by the VERY FIRST piece of paper you pull from your marbling tank!
I would absolutely love to take you on the journey so you can discover the marbler in you.
Clouds on Water is for curious souls looking to try something fresh and unique—it is truly unlike any other online class offering. It is for those who want to exercise different creative muscles and approach creative expression from a whole new angle.
Clouds on Water is for people who have always wanted to try painting but fear that because they can’t even draw a stick person, they’ll never be good at it. Marbling removes that barrier because, well, we don’t draw stick people. We don’t paint still life. What marblers do is create one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-replicated-again pieces of FLUID BEAUTY.
Clouds on Water is for those wanting to add another creative element to his or her current art practice. Marbled paper, fabric, or wood can be incorporated into collage, quilting, bookbinding, encaustic art, scrapbooking, art journaling, fiber art, and more. Or you can create individual pieces that stand on their own and can be framed. You are limited only by your imagination.
Clouds on Water allows you to go as deep and as broad as you want to. Experimentation, exploration, and celebration of chance is infused into the spirit of the course.
Introduction to Paper Marbling: Learn the fundamentals of marbling—from making the bath and your own tools to troubleshooting tips and creating traditional patterns, this course will walk you through every step of the marbling process and take you on the journey to producing beautiful creations on paper.
Advanced Marbling Techniques: For those with marbling experience, start diving in deeper and go beyond the basics, breaking rules along the way and taking your marbling adventure to the next level.
Marbling on Fabric: Fabric is a stunning medium upon which your marbled creations shine. This course teaches you the special techniques unique to marbling on fabric.
How Clouds on Water Works
How Clouds on Water Works
Clouds on Water is a self-paced eCourse you begin at any time. It consists of three robust marbling classrooms (Introduction to Paper Marbling, Advanced Marbling Techniques, and Marbling on Fabric), each with their own videos and written content. All materials, videos, and downloads are available to you upon registration and, depending on which package you choose, you will have from one-year to lifetime access to all content. In addition, each classroom has its own private Facebook group where participants can interact with one another in a supportive community. There are times I also bop in and give feedback, answer questions, and provide troubleshooting advice as needed.
What technical set up do I need in order to best participate?
You will need a computer (Mac or PC) and high-speed internet connection so you can view the videos (if you can watch the promo video, you should be fine).
What kind of supplies will I need?
Surprisingly, aside from a few materials specific to marbling (like the carrageenan to make your bath with and the alum for your mordent), you can source a lot of supplies from your existing creative practice, around your home, or even at the hardware store. For example, your marbling tank can be a shallow plastic storage box or a plastic poster frame. Or you can make a marbling tank using a cardboard box lined with a garbage bag. You don't even need a large selection of acrylic paints; you can create quite a variety of marbled papers with just four or five colors. And you can marble on just about any type of paper, fabric, wood, and other fun things (like leaves!). Visit the individual classroom pages for more details on supplies specific to the Introduction to Paper Marbling, Advanced Marbling Techniques, and Marbling on Fabric eCourses.
What kind of space do I need to marble in? How much time is required?
Head on over to the individual classroom pages or the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to these and other questions!
Investment in individual classrooms includes one-year access to all written and video content, downloadable handouts,
and the private Facebook community.
One of my great pleasures in life is introducing the joys and magic of marbling to people. I never get tired of hearing the “ooooh” and “awwwww” at demonstrations when I use special tools to create intricate patterns. Or seeing a student’s huge smile when they pull their first piece from the bath. Or listening to what people see in my art work or how it makes them feel as it hangs on a gallery wall. And that’s why I have made it my mission “to bring marbling to the masses,” and share this art form, its history, and its beauty with others. I want as many people as possible to experience this rich, dynamic art form.
I discovered marbling as a fine art in 2008 when I saw a museum exhibition of collected works by marblers from all over the world — and I’ve been practicing and studying marbling, both independently and with other professional marblers, ever since. My work has been featured in art and lifestyle magazines, juried shows, and galleries. My marbled pieces have been used in bookbinding, mixed media, fashion accessories (purses and scarves), home décor, and more.
But what makes me happiest in my marbling career is building the classrooms for Clouds on Water. I wanted to make marbling accessible to everyone, not just those who happened to have a marbling teacher in their community. So I set out to create a high-quality learning experience with the depth and breadth of knowledge that only comes with thousands of hours of marbling under one’s belt . . . and boundless passion for the art form.
I’d be honored to guide you along your marbling journey so you can discover the marbler in you.
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