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In-person classPaper Marbling - Half-day Introduction
4.9(28 reviews)
Learn how to 'paint on water' using centuries-old marbling techniques to create your own beautiful papers.
Deptford
£60 pp
3hrs 30min
Beginner
What happens in this class?

If you love playing with paint or getting creative with paper, this workshop is for you. Marbling is one of the most rewarding and fun crafts out there - plus it's virtually impossible to do it 'wrong'!

During this fast-paced three-hour workshop, you will be given a thorough introduction to the beautiful art of paper marbling, including a brief history, the technical 'do's and 'don't's, and a lot of trying it out!

Paper marbling is a centuries-old art where paint is floated upon a bath of thickened water and drawn through with various tools…

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Things to remember

Contemporary paper marbler Lucy McGrath will demonstrate various techniques and talk you through how to recreate them yourself, providing all the tools, equipment and materials you might need to get really experimental.Marbling is great fun but super messy so make sure you wear old clothes (and shoes)! You don…

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Latest Reviews
4.9(28 reviews)
Lisa steincke - November 18th
Different types of marbeling, preparation of size bath and paper. Consistency of paint and application . Teacher was well organised ,informative,welcoming and friendly. Light airy venue, warm and spacious. Very enjoyable morning!
Sally Morris - November 14th
We were taught everything from the origins of marbling, how to prepare the water and paper, how to use the paints and to get special effects. I learnt a huge amount and now have a new love in my life! I’ve become inspired to try this at home, especially the Ebru and can’t wait! Lucy and Josh were very friendly and approachable and certainly know the subject inside and out. The venue was perfect, felt very creative and spacious. Parking was available, tea and coffee provided so all good. The email then giving me extra hints and tips, websites etc is also very helpful. I am so glad I chose this beginners workshop and would love an intermediate follow up course.
Sarah Thomas - November 10th
Lucy was really lovely and taught the class so well, knowledgeable and passionate. Great bunch of people and the studio was light and spacious. I would urge anyone to give it a go, it is a fascinating technique and I also had a fun time.
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13All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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Your Teacher
Teacher

Lucy McGrath started Marmor Paperie in 2015 with the aim of breathing a new life into the dying art of paper marbling. Having discovered marbling on a holiday to Istanbul, where it is still widely practised, Lucy caught the marbling bug and began ravenously learning all she could about this fascinating craft.

Having learnt bookbinding at university, Lucy quickly realised how well the two crafts complemented each other, so Marmor Paperie was built around hand-made notebooks and sketchbooks covered with her marbled papers.

Lucy was awarded the Cockpit Arts / Arts Society grant in 2016 which funded a studio at…

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Class Location
Cockpit Arts
Deptford
18-22 Creekside
SE8 3DZ
London
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Reviews

Lisa steincke - November 18th
Different types of marbeling, preparation of size bath and paper. Consistency of paint and application . Teacher was well organised ,informative,welcoming and friendly. Light airy venue, warm and spacious. Very enjoyable morning!
Sally Morris - November 14th
We were taught everything from the origins of marbling, how to prepare the water and paper, how to use the paints and to get special effects. I learnt a huge amount and now have a new love in my life! I’ve become inspired to try this at home, especially the Ebru and can’t wait! Lucy and Josh were very friendly and approachable and certainly know the subject inside and out. The venue was perfect, felt very creative and spacious. Parking was available, tea and coffee provided so all good. The email then giving me extra hints and tips, websites etc is also very helpful. I am so glad I chose this beginners workshop and would love an intermediate follow up course.
Sarah Thomas - November 10th
Lucy was really lovely and taught the class so well, knowledgeable and passionate. Great bunch of people and the studio was light and spacious. I would urge anyone to give it a go, it is a fascinating technique and I also had a fun time.
Jess Daw - October 26th
Venue - fantastic at Cockpit Arts in Deptford. Light and spacious with all the facilities we needed Lucy is knowledgeable, calm but able to demonstrate her passion for this unusual art We learnt a little of the history of marbling and then some basic skills including how to set up your materials, some basic and some more complex patterns. I was hooked!
Jane Dalton - October 26th
we seemed to learn EVERYTHING....it was an incredible half day, packed with well presented information and a lot of fun. I created some beautiful patterns almost immediately. Lucy could not have been more friendly. Totally hands on. Want to go again! Best of all she was generous with all the information one needs to continue this at home. The setting was great.
Nila - October 23rd
We learnt the basics and more with Lucy and I feel really excited to try it at home. Lucy was welcoming and enthusiastic the room was spacious with tea and biscuits. I feel Lucy packed in a lot in a short time which was great and whet my appetite for more. Also appreciate the follow up email with video recommendations :) thanks very much x
Lucy V - October 23rd
The best fun I’ve had - completely fascinating and wonderful. Lucy is a fantastic tutor and I will go again and happily recommend this workshop to all
Michelle - October 2nd
I had a great time at my marbling session on 29th September. It was rewarding to immediately see the results of my work and to experiment different designs. Lucy was very lovely and made everyone feel at ease. It would be helpful if each person had their own marbling bath.
Sophie - October 2nd
Lucy's class was brilliant. She was very thorough and patient, and we learnt a lot in the space of a couple of hours, with some gorgeous pieces to take home. I've left feeling confident and inspired. Thank you!
Ellie - October 2nd
Lucy was a fantastic and engaging teacher, bursting with a knowledge and passion for marbling. My partner and I learnt some great marbling tips and skills and feel more confident trying them out at home. The venue was perfect too, well set up and really easy to find. Josh - Lucy's assistant was also very helpful. We would definitely recommend - thanks again for a really fun and insightful morning!
Filipe - October 2nd
Best workshop I have done this year the place was great and the time flew so fast we wanted more
Jorge Mendes - August 31st
I absolutely loved it, it starts with a basic introduction of the whole process and goes from simple basic exercises to more complex styles, perfect for beginners and people that already have some knowledge and wants to step it up.
Meredith - August 29th
I'd been looking forward to this workshop for months and it absolutely delivered! The venue, Cockpit Arts, was a cool space with plenty of room for storing bags and to even make a bit of a mess while learning how to marble, with good natural light. The workshop size was just right, with about 10-12 of us, and Lucy is a friendly and helpful teacher. It's exciting to get stuck into a new art form and, as was explained in the historical opener, there are only about 6-7 professional traditional marblers in the UK, so Lucy's great instruction style and enthusiasm really encourages any students who might consider taking up the craft outside of the workshop. (I think most of us would!) I hope she can host a 'follow-up' workshop for anyone who wants to keep going on what we've already learned -- I'd sign up in a heartbeat!
Meredith - August 28th
This was a wonderful intro to the art of paper marbling, and Lucy was a patient and encouraging instructor. I had such a good time and learned a lot!
Meredith - August 28th
This was a wonderful intro to the art of paper marbling, and Lucy was a patient and encouraging instructor. I had such a good time and learned a lot!
Roz - August 8th
I was made very welcome at the paper marbling workshop. Lucy is very creative, knowledgeable and skilled and is an excellent teacher. There was a good balance with an introduction to marbling and step by step demonstrations as well as lots of time to get on and try marbling for ourselves. Lucy was always on hand to give tips and advice. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I learnt a lot more than I thought I would. Any papers that weren’t dry on the day were sent to me by post. The facilities were very good and the venue was spacious and ideal. Thank you Lucy!
Pat - August 1st
The basic techniques of paper marbling. The teacher was clear, generous with knowledge and equipments and had done a large amount of prepartion to facilitate the speed of the workdhop. the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. The venue was clean and comfortable with plenty of refreshment . I would welcome the opportunity to repeat the course, perhaps starting where we left off.
Anonymous - June 5th
I enjoyed this workshop. The tutor was informative and open to questions. She started with the basics and gradually introduced the class to various techniques and colours to produce a range of works. The atmosphere in the workshop was friendly and it was interesting to see the variety of pages produced by participants. The room was large enough to work comfortably and refreshments were available.
Charlotte - May 28th
A fabulous few hours of marbling! What a fun way to start your Saturday (the early start is worth it)! Lucy was a great teacher, happy to answer my many questions, and clearly demonstrated each of the different techniques before we had the chance to give it a go ourselves. By the end of the workshop, we had all produced a great selection of beautifully patterned papers, all of which, once dry, are mailed free of charge to our addresses. A highly recommended workshop!
Anonymous - April 19th
The teaching was excellent. Lucy explained the techniques really well. I and my sister and my granddaughter had a thoroughly good time. The venue was good and I could park!
Anonymous - April 18th
Really great fun! I went to the class on my own and found a lovely bunch of people to hang out with and had a fab time learning about paper marbling. I've picked up enough skills in the day to feel relatively confident about trying it out on my own. Lucy was really welcoming to all learners and very open with sharing her skills and top tips of the trade. Kanli
Lozza - April 16th
A very enjoyable class with Lucy at her studio in Deptford. Marbling offers so many ways to produce beautiful, intricate designs without any artistic skill or experience. The technique really brought out the creativity in the group and everyone produced around 10 marbled designs and also a ceramic bauble.
Emma - April 14th
Very enjoyable and very useful session. Lucy was very tolerant of me asking about techniques I'll need a few years practice before I try out; the handout/ follow up content has all the details I'd need to try the basics again at home. The venue was practical and as comfortable as you want when you are spattering paint around.
Clodagh - March 25th
This was a really good introduction to paper marbling. All the tools and equipment needed were provided along with instructions for how to continue marbling at home. Lucy also gave an interesting history of paper marbling and showed some examples of how it was used in bookbinding. I had fun getting a messy with acrylic paints, trying out different colours and techniques. I made lots of sheets of paper, which Lucy posted to me a few days later once they dried. Now they can be used for cards, wrapping paper or bookbinding. It was also interesting getting to do a workshop in a working studio. Highly recommend it!
Anonymous - March 21st
Very welcoming. Great bright studio space. All materials laid on. Clear instruction from a passionate teacher and came away with loads of tips tricks and techniques to continue this hobby if you wanted to.
Joshua - March 5th
Really enjoyed this hands-on workshop, and amazed (as a newcomer to marbling) by the array of colourful designs produced in a well-paced, but relaxed, session. Lucy is an excellent tutor, clearly explaining and demonstrating the various stages in the marbling process, starting with the basics (no prior knowledge is assumed) and gradually building up to more complex techniques and paint effects. She is very friendly, encouraging and happy to share her vast knowledge and experience of this craft with us. All in all, great fun and highly recommended.
Anonymous - March 4th
I really enjoyed this - it was really interesting to learn how to marble, Lucy was lovely and it was so great to take home my own marbled papers :)
georgia - February 21st
This was a great morning. Learnt about history of marbling -but the practical aspect of the course was amazing. Made lots of wonderful marble paper. I would definitely recommend and indeed I would like to go again!