The centuries-old art, paper marbling is a fun and creative way to decorate paper with stunning patterns. The course will take you through the history of marbling, introduce you to the tools, materials and techniques used in this craft and enable you to experiment with colours, inks and paints to create a variety of traditional and contemporary marbling designs. You will also learn how to use your marbling papers to create unique simple books and stationery.
No previous experience is required. Students should be able to follow verbal and written instructions.
Paper marbling is a centuries-old art technique that involves printing on paper using inks or paints floating on water and creating patterns similar to marble and other stones. Traditionally it was used to create beautiful endpapers and covers for books and to decorate writing material for calligraphy and stationery. In this introductory course, students will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools and styles of Paper Marbling. You will learn how to set up your marbling tank, prepare paper and card for marbling, mix and manipulate inks with a variety of tools such as brushes, combs and needles. There will be plenty of time for creative experimentation with colours, inks and paints to produce traditional designs and patterns as well as the opportunity to explore your own ideas and create unique designs. At the end of the course, you will have a large selection of marbled papers and you will be shown how to use them in a variety of creative was to make simple books and stationery. Set up and the marbling tank Mix and manipulate inks in a variety of ways using multiple colours Select and prepare appropriately paper and card Make a variety of traditional and contemporary designs and patterns Use your marbled paper to create simple books and stationery Use skills and knowledge gained in class to work independently on your own projects
Teaching and Learning Methods
This is a workshop environment with a focus on practical learning, with one-to-one, individual tutor support. There will also be group discussions and reviews. Where appropriate the tutors will offer presentations, talks and demonstrations. There will be lots of inspiration using books, Pinterest and the internet Technical handouts will be provided where needed these are available electronically. There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and reasearch. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, events or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.
There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and reasearch. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, events or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.
There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
Qualification you will achieve
There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department.
For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk.
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.