Paper Marbling

Not too far from our old house is a large building with the words, “Denver Bookbinding Company” on the side. I’d always wondered what they did exactly, and I noticed that there was smaller lettering that advertised classes.  As we drove by one day, I mentioned to Eric, “Hey, if you ever wanted to get me a present, you could buy me a class there.”

Next week, I get a certificate for a paper marbling class! Good husband.

I showed up a bit early to the class, which I was so glad I did.  It is SO COOL in there. They have so many unique, vintage bookbinding machines and presses.


Big old book press



More cases of old letters. I just loved these

More cases of old letters. I just loved these

Old phone books, used for weights.  I love how small the Seattle phone book is.

Old phone books, used for weights. I love how small the Seattle phone book is.


Book stitching machine

The class itself was so fun. Paper marbling works like so:

You have a specially made bath and float pigments on topIMG_1848

Then, you swirl and comb them into cool patterns


Then, you lay a piece of prepared paper onto the surface, and when you pull it up,


You have this beautiful, gorgeous marbled paper!

Here’s a few others I made


And my personal favorite


There are so many actual patterns and techniques out there to get very specific marble designs, which take a lot of skill and talent to do. I also learned that it’s an international craft-with differences in European and Japanese designs, for example.

The class was great-I hope to take an actual bookbinding class there someday.  Maybe I can use one of these gorgeous papers for endpapers in a homemade journal-how pretty would that be?

Here’s what I ended up with at the end of the day-now I need to think of creative ways to use them!


2 thoughts on “Paper Marbling

    • sajbat says:

      that’s a great idea! wait, what?! I was going to give you a scrapbook for your wedding, complete with humorous text bubbles on the pictures.


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