Using age-old methods, colors are floated on a liquid thickened with carrageen moss, to create wonderful patterns which are then transferred onto silks and cottons. The ancient art of marbling onto fabrics provides endless possibilities for decorative surfaces which can be used as stand-alone works of art or form the basis for further embellishment such as embroidery, quilting, beadwork and more.
This method of surface decoration produces totally unique works of art which it is impossible to repeat, giving a very personal touch to a range of fabrics which can be used for interior design, fashion, scarves and shawls as well as small gift items.
This course is for beginners as well as those who have experience in this ancient and fascinating method of decoration.
equipment and materials
the carrageenan ground
the marbling colors
fabrics with alum ready for printing
Level: This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners.
powdered carrageen moss – 1oz
alum (with instructions) – 1oz
1 gallon distilled water
range of marbling paints for use during course (for samples)
use of equipment
12 sample sized fabric pieces (cotton/ silk)
(1) silk scarf
Please bring with you:
Disposable kitchen towels
a couple of kebab sticks or knitting needles
apron (preferably fabric rather than PVC wipe clean)
12 pieces of smooth surface fabric, silks, cottons, size 11” x 15” (these will be be torn to size, not cut).
Silk Scarves- 14 x 60
Marbling can be very complicated or very easy. You just never know!
Marbling is a marriage of many components and any one can throw the entire process off, the hardest part is balancing the paints and the sizing. It is trial and error!
Even highly accomplished master marblers encounter difficulties. this class we will use the best materials and mix them per the manufacturers instructions. Weather and humidity can affect the sizing, we will learn how to adjust it. Paints need to be thinned and mixed, we will experiment with several different brands of paints and thinners. This class is alot of experimentation and finding the techniques that work for you. There is no guarantee of "perfect" prints, but you will have a great time playing with it.
Coffee is available from 9.45am. Workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 3:30 p.m