Introduction to Marbling Workshop

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Cockpit Deptford SE8 3DZ

Date Sun 10 March

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10am-1pm | Cockpit Deptford SE8 3DZ

Learn how to ‘paint on water’ using centuries-old marbling techniques to create 7-9 of your own beautiful papers.

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’!


What to Expect

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 to create striking, fluid patterns. In this marbling workshop, you will learn:

  • how to make the thickened water
  • how to prepare paper for marbling
  • techniques for controlling the behaviour of the paints
  • how to create all kinds of beautiful patterns.

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’t need to bring anything except a healthy dose of creativity.

You can opt to get your favourite paper made into a beautiful hand-bound sketchbook, notebook or diary at 30% off the RRP, an exclusive offer for marbling workshop attendees. Perfect for a special gift or memento.


If you can no longer attend the workshop, please contact us to let us know at least 7 days before the event for a full refund or rebooking onto a suitable date. Please note that we can only rebook your place once.


Cockpit Deptford SE8 3DZ


Designed to match your skill level

Never tried marbling before? Haven't even picked up a paintbrush since school? Don't worry - this workshop is designed for complete beginners and Marmor Paperie's founder, Lucy, will guide you through each new technique. Marbling is impossible to do 'wrong', so you will quickly find yourself warming to it!

Get a book made from your paper

Sometimes you pull a paper from your marbling tray and it's an absolute beauty! Make the most of your favourite papers by opting to have them transformed into a notebook, from just £20.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
A perfect way to spend an afternoon!

Lucy's passion for marbling is catching. In her introduction we learnt about the history of marbling and how it has become an endangered craft - Lucy is one of the people keeping it alive in the uk. It was a well planned workshop that packed a lot into the three hours. Lucy explained every stage of the process to us, finding the right balance between making it fun and challenging us to try different techniques. The group was really friendly and supportive, everyone swapping notes and admiring the growing display of everybody's work throughout the session - a totally absorbing afternoon. I left wanting to try out what I'd learnt at home and maybe go on to do an intermediate workshop.


An absolutely brilliant workshop. Lucy has really thought about how to make the classes run smoothly so that you cram as much as possible in to the time available and Louise is on hand to help with getting all your papers prepped, rinsed and dried. I was delighted with the papers I made and the option to have some of them made into a notebook (for a small charge) is a bonus. Would highly recommend to anyone - if you can splatter paint about with a brush then with Lucy's guidance you can make some brilliant papers too.


Excellent day will more than likely take the advanced course later in the year.


What a splendidly immersive and satisfying experience. Lucy begins by giving a potted history of marbling which gets you fired up and raring to go. She then explains how to prepare your paper for marbling and everyone does their sheets and they’re left to dry. Then you go to the work table and use some ready-prepped sheets to do firstly one colour, then one colour with dispersal pattern, then two colours, then several colours with pattern swirls. In each case Lucy shows a technique and then you have a go at it before moving up to the next step. It’s all very exciting with lots of Oohs and Aahs as each person reveals their latest pattern. Lucy sends your pieces on when they’re fully dry and flattened.
I have bought all the kit and will be doing some at home. It is simple but so effective. The best kind of craft!

Kate Penning
Marvellous marbling workshop

This workshop was recommended to me by someone else and it turned out to be a delightful, quite thrilling intro to marbling. Lucy gave us some background history and the right amount of technical info to help us. We had plenty of tips to and resources to have a good try at everything, including using combs and skewers. The workshop was put together with care and I am sure we all had a really good time creating some lovely marbled effects. Anybody would be excited to try this workshop.