Creativity Through Marbling: An Introduction
Beginner | 41 min 42 sec
Join Austin-based textile artist Mercedez Rex for creative play exploring the art of water marbling. This ancient monoprinting process involves floating pigment on the surface of thickened water to create patterns which can then be transferred onto paper or fabric. This foundational class will cover the tools you will need and the basics of your set up. Learn classic historical patterns before diving into joyful experimentation using basic techniques of manipulating paints on the surface of a water bath.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Marbling solution, called "size" (make at least six hours ahead and keep refrigerated): 1 Tbsp. carrageenan well blended in 1/2-gallon warm water
  • Acrylic marbling paints in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black, white - Mercedez recommends Jacquard brand put into Boston Round squeeze bottles
  • Marbling tray - 11" x 14" is recommended
  • Newspaper strips, approximately 11” x 2”
  • Newsprint the same size as your tray
  • Richeson drawing paper 60# - should be the same size as your tray
  • Marbling brushes or plastic broom straws
  • Bamboo stylus or toothpick
  • Palette
  • Standard marbling comb approximately ⅛ in shorter than width of your tray (optional)
  • Items to protect your space, including newspaper, drop cloths, or plastic sheeting, trash can, and rags
  • Specialized supplies can be purchased at Mercedez's website
Learn how to:
  • Create traditional marble patterns, including Sumi, Stone, Gel-Git, Combed, and Freestyle
  • Make a marbling solution known as "size"
  • Use specialized marbling tools including precision combs and marbling brushes
  • Make a heart and flower shape
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Class Reviews
132 users recommended this class to a friend
Susan Lang
Very nicely presented. She gives you all the basics without overwhelming with too much info.
5 days ago
Sandra Busby
Great instructions. Likeed seeing how to make the different patterns. Thanks.
January 23
Ruth Williams
Loved this class! Mecedez is a wonderful teacher! I wish I could study more with her.
January 22