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Day 1: Learn how to create beautiful marbled papers using sumi inks dropped from small paintbrushes into a tray of
water and printed on rice paper. Patterns and special colorful effects are achieved using a bamboo stylus and
eyedroppers. This process is meditative, mesmerizing, and creates subtle, found-in-nature patterns and rings that
are one-of-a-kind. We will create dozens of marbled rice papers, and marble on other heavier papers, sheet music,
and other ephemera.
Day 2: Liz’s slideshow will illustrate how some of her paintings started, progressed, and were brought to a
satisfying conclusion. She will demo her step by step process of turning simple marbled papers into paintings, and
the class will set to work on their own pieces. We’ll glue our rice papers to our substrates, and use acrylic paints
and collage to complement and enhance the suminagashi marbling.
Day 3: Discover several non-standard marbling techniques and ways of handling the paper in the tray to create
some surprise pieces. We’ll learn how to mask off parts of the paper to save it from marbling and how to pre-paint
areas of the paper before we marble. Students may choose to continue to marble or they may further develop their
paintings in progress.
Liz Walker, who creates award-winning marbled paintings in her studio in Portland OR, has been teaching marbling
(both acrylic and suminagashi) for nearly a decade. She received her BA in Art from Trinity University in San
Antonio, TX. Her work has been exhibited widely in regional and national shows, and her Signature memberships
include: NWS, NWWS, ISEA, and WFWS