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AN INTRODUCTION TO PAPER MARBLING
Tutor: Victoria Hall

Thursday 16th & Friday 17th November 2017
10am - 4pm

Places may still be available. Please email for current update: sheila@burlinghamhall.co.uk

Course Fee for the two day workshop: £190
Including lunch and refreshments both days.
There will be an additional fee for materials.

NOTE FROM SHEILA: We have been running this workshop with Victoria Hall as our Tutor for many years now and the results are always astonishing. Victoria is a fantastic teacher who demonstrates a range of techniques in a sequential way to allow participants to build a stunning portfolio of quite amazing papers. The gasps that come from the Studio each time she reveals a new design are so infectious that I am always compelled to investigate. What I find each time is a wonderful new effect. Trust me, this course is infectious and you won't want to stop - even for our fabulous home-made lunch.

A few examples of work produced by students on our previous workshops are shown here (above and right).

Marbled papers appeal to all ages & can be made in many different ways using more or less complex methods. This course will provide an easy introduction to traditional style marbling using gouache & watercolour paints floated on carragheenan (which Victoria will prepare in advance). Participants will be able to make many familiar marbled paper patterns on the first day including stone, curl & comb designs, with further possibilities & the opportunity to explore their own ideas on the second day. You will have a large selection of papers to take away ready for use in bookbinding, card making, etc.

Marbled papers have been used for centuries to cover books & objects. The course will include a comprehensive introduction to the history of marbling & will be well illustrated with original handling material.


Victoria Hall began making decorated papers professionally in 1989 from a studio based in Norwich, Norfolk having attained a degree in the History of Art & Architecture at the University of East Anglia. She has particular expertise in replicating historic marbled & paste papers used for restoration work, although she also loves creating new designs, including unique, richly-coloured contemporary paste papers. She enjoys making papers to commission for specific projects whether old or new & recently completed 700 matching marbled papers for ‘The Highgrove Florilegium’. From suminagashi papers to marbled flowers, her range is particularly extensive & continually developing.

Her individual pieces can be found in private & public collections including The Royal Library, Den Haag; Newberry Library, Chicago; and the Schmoller Collection at Manchester Metropolitan University, although much of her work now resides appropriately anonymously on library shelves. Victoria has run many courses for the Society of Bookbinders & Designer Bookbinders, tutored short courses for many years at West Dean College & led events at major museums & galleries in the UK. She attended International Marblers Gatherings in San Francisco, Istanbul & Tennessee and has written published articles in her field. She was thrilled to have been invited to be a presenter at the 2013 ‘Art of the Book’ conference in Calgary, organised by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

Some of Victoria Hall's work is shown here (left) but detailed information and more of her work can be found at: www.norfolkcraft.co.uk

Lunch on both days is included within the price and will be home-made & served in our family kitchen (or in fine weather on the terrace) with views over the gardens.

Marbled papers by Victoria Hall
Marbled papers by Victoria Hall
Marbled papers by Victoria Hall
Our paper line
Paper from our first workshop