40th-WKSP-18 Marbling Open Studio In Person

  • 27 Jul 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 28 Jul 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • University of Western Ontario, London ON
  • 0


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In-Person Open Studio Workshop: Marbling with Dan Mezza

Marbling is a method for creating patterned decorative papers by floating pigment on the surface of a thickened medium and using a variety of combs and rakes to achieve a desired pattern before transferring the pigment to a suitable prepared paper. Marbled papers are used in bookbinding, box-making, mixed media, scrapbooking, collage, etc.

In this open studio workshop we will learn how to create beautiful decorative papers using the European techniques of paper marbling using acrylic paints as the pigment. We will see a demonstration on how to prepare acrylic paints and carrageenan and how to alum paper. Hands outs will be provided with various marbling patterns for participants to try.

Please note: This is an open studio event. Although a brief demonstration of the process will be offered at the beginning, you will be working without further formal instruction for the two-day period. Dan Mezza will be on hand to answer questions.

Dan Mezza is a papermaker, bookbinder, and restorer living in London, Ontario. He studied bookbinding with Don Taylor and Betsy Palmer Eldridge, and papermaking with Helmut Becker. Dan is a graduate of the Visual Arts Programme at the University of Western Ontario and is a past president of CBBAG.


Location: IN-PERSON University of Western Ontario, London ON (see location info below)

Date: Thurs-Fri, July 27-28, 2023

Hours: 10 – 4 PM

Course fee: $0 members/$60 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

Prerequisite: None

Maximum enrollment: 9 Students

Materials: included

Registration closes: Monday, July 17, 2023, 11:59 PM



VA-106 (Drawing Studio)

Department of Visual Arts

John Labatt Visual Arts Centre

University of Western Ontario

1151 Richmond St.

London ON


Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration. Membership fees included in the non-member fee are not refundable.

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