Workshop at Little Paper Planes

I recently taught a marbling workshop at Little Paper Planes, a shop in the Mission district of SF that just transformed half of their retail space into an amazing space devoted entirely to art workshops.  I'm so honored to be one of their visiting instructors and can't wait for what's next with LPP!

I've taught paper marbling in the past at spaces such as Case for Making, Artist & Craftsman Supply Berkeley, and Pottery Barn, however, this was the first in which we focused specifically on marbling folded stationery cards.  All attendees received 10 pre-folded cards, already prepped with alum and ready for marbling, and a special extra sheet of 12 circle stickers.

And everyone did such a great job!  With each workshop, I'm seriously blown away by the work people create.  One of the beautiful things about marbling is that it requires a lot of letting go and embracing color.  It's so interesting to see how people's color combinations evolve as they become more comfortable with the process during a workshop.

Here are some photos of all the goodness!

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Mural at Artist & Craftsman Berkeley!

I'm so excited to share the front window murals I recently completed at the Artist & Craftsman Supply in Berkeley!  It was an amazing experience and challenge.  It really put me out of my comfort zone working with paint markers and acrylic paint on glass.  I'm so grateful for it and inspired to push myself further with different materials.

Going from my initial sketch to the actual execution, I had to reconceptualize a good amount of the design after understanding my materials and the scope of the windows better.  It was really a learning experience in planning, leaving room and time for changes and adapting to what can actually be done effectively.

My goal was to use different marbling patterns as inspiration.  One window is a kind of enlarged portion of a Suminagashi pattern.  Suminagashi is Japanese marbling; the process of floating ink on water and creating expanding circles within circles that can be lightly fanned out to form incredibly intricate ripples and movement.  Traditionally brushes are used alternatingly to transfer the ink to the water bath, however, special bamboo tools have also been created to do the job.  The other window is an enlarged stone-like pattern.  The stone pattern is a classic pattern created in western marbling, or Turkish marbling.  This marbling process differs in many ways from Suminagashi in that paints rather than inks are used, a sizing (often a carrageenan and water mix) rather than just water is used in a tray, and tools like combs and rakes are used to form more orderly patterns.  The stone pattern can be marbled alone and, like the name suggests, resembles stones.  Or it can also serve as the base on which even more detailed patterns evolve.  It is achieved by splattering the sizing with layers of paint using different tools like whisks of broom bristles and pipettes.

It was actually unintentional, but I love how the colors match the store's signage so well.  Plus their front door is a light pink, almost exactly like the one used on the windows!

The mural is up through September.  Check it out and do some shopping!  This place and its staff are amazing.  Thank you Artist & Craftsman!