Warm Up

 
 

Like an athlete, I do warm-up (or practice) sheets in the marbling tank, stretching memory muscle and calibrating hand-eye coordination, before diving into "real" tank work.

 
 

I'm also testing my bath and paints to see how they are behaving. Like us, a new day means a new personality for both of them and things that worked well yesterday may not today. Warming up is about getting into the groove.

 
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Many times, these practice pieces turn out to be some of my favorite pieces, partly because I have no expectations of them and partly because I don't think too hard about things and just let my creative instinct (and eight years of marbling experience!) take the lead.

Hand-marbled Papers in the Shop!

 
 

Over the past month, I've been adding an affordable line of select hand-marbled paper to my online shop. These are papers I have a particular liking for...they catch my eye in some way: a perfectly executed traditional pattern, a lovely color palette, a stunning unique design. The inventory is always changing and I'm adding new papers once-a-week.

The best part: hand-marbled papers SHIP FREE (in the US)!

I'm excited to be shipping this one out to a sweet customer (who said kind words about my work) today:

 
 

Marbling Class at BookArtsLA

 
 

I'm so excited to be teaching again at BookArtsLA next weekend (March 5-6). The facility is such a lovely place with lots of room and natural light to work in. And I have had such fun students in these classes ~ full of energy and enthusiasm with a fearless attitude toward playing in the marbling tank! I don't know how I keep getting so lucky!

I'll once again be teaching the popular 2-day Introduction to Marbling class. In this marbling immersion class, students will learn the nuts and bolts of the art form, dive into traditional pattern making (foundation and advanced patterns) using the large marbling tank, and have time for creative exploration. You'll leave with a robust understanding of the art form, dozens of marbled papers, and the confidence to start marbling at home.

Everything is provided. Just show up and have fun! To register, head on over to BookArtsLA's website.

Introduction to Marbling
Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
BookArtsLA
11720 Washington Place, Los Angeles

Practice Piece

 
 

I always start a marbling session with a couple of practice pieces. I'm testing the bath to see what it's doing and how the paints behave on it. But I'm also stretching my marbling muscles ~ like a singer who does vocal warm ups. Marbling is more physically demanding than most people realize and there are certain techniques that require superb hand-eye coordination so I want my body and my mind to be at the same place when I start working on the real stuff.

The thing is...usually these practice pieces end up being something really good. Something that actually makes me pause and go, "Oh, wow! That turned out great!" even though I'm not trying to do something good. I don't even think that hard about what colors I use, just grabbing the four of five closest to me and running with it.

Today's practice piece is no exception. I love it. I love the colors and how the design turned out. I guess I'm more conscious about my practice pieces than I realize...and that perhaps eight years of marbling experience coupled with not having any expectations from these first few pieces really frees up the creative mojo. And that's when magic slips in.

Available in the store.

Scenes from the Studio

 
 

It was a weekend full of private lessons. I love teaching in my studio where the energy and enthusiasm of students fill every nook and cranny and I can feel the vibes long after they are gone.

 
 Studio preparations.

Studio preparations.

 
 
 Never gets old ~ the joy of the first marbled piece!

Never gets old ~ the joy of the first marbled piece!

 
 
 Working the tanks.

Working the tanks.

 
 
 Marbled pages from old photobooks where the pages are actual frames/thick mats. We took apart the binding and marbled each frame. They turned out beautiful.

Marbled pages from old photobooks where the pages are actual frames/thick mats. We took apart the binding and marbled each frame. They turned out beautiful.

 
 
 Marbled pages from a very, very old ledger/journal.

Marbled pages from a very, very old ledger/journal.

 
 Marbled leather strap.

Marbled leather strap.