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Introduction to Paper Marbling

  • North Park Community Adult Center 2719 Howard Avenue San Diego, CA, 92104 (map)

One-Day Workshop by Pietro Accardi

Member-Early Enrollment: $92
Member Fee: $115
Non-Member Fee: $190
Materials Fee: $20

Early Enrollment is closed.
This class is full. A waitlist is available.


This introduction to the art of marbling will provide students with an understanding of the history, styles, tools and techniques of classical European marbling. Morning discussion will cover all the foundational elements of marbling practice, including acquisition and proper use of the supplies including carrageenan, primer, paints, trays, rakes, combs, etc. During the discussion students will also be engaged in the preparatory mixing of the water medium in their own tray. Pietro will then demonstrate to the class how marbling is done. With helpful instruction on handling paints on the water medium, dealing with known and unknown variables, he will show how to create classical and basic marbling patterns (as well as spontaneous designs) using a diverse array of rakes and combs. After a break for lunch, students will have ample time for their own practice and experimentation with personal guidance from Pietro and his wife Vanessa. Students will have their own trays, set of paints, rakes, combs and as much primed paper as they need. Students usually leave with 15-25 of their own original marbled pieces. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.

Pietro Accardi is native to the northwestern Italian city of Turin where his father Gaetano founded and operated “Tipografia Accardi.” In 1950s Italy, it was a state of the art printing press. His youth spent in the press lead him to paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. Pietro moved on from his father’s press to establish “La Legatoria del Sole,” an artisanal and production-oriented bookbindery in Turin. It served Turin's Municipal Archives, public and university libraries. He now teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Nevada Museum of Art, and Castle in the Air in Berkeley, CA. Together with his wife Vanessa he has founded Accardi Book Arts, a book arts studio and bindery.

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