The Art of Marbling

This month we experimented with different marbling techniques in each of the classrooms, all providing us with awesome results.

Our tots learned some fun marbling history! “Marbling was an essential part of bookbinding with the papers being placed on the inside covers of all fine books, which is still one of the main uses of marbling today. The intricate patterns of the papers were used to cover the folds, strings, and glue marks of the bindings, and also to serve as an aesthetic transition from the dark leather covers to the white pages inside. The marblers’ guilds were separate from the bookbinders’ guilds, who were forever spying on the marblers, trying to discover the techniques of marbling to avoid the high cost of their papers. So for centuries, the marblers often had to do their work at night in secret laboratories, behind locked doors, and hardly anyone could hope to learn the art unless he was born into a marbling family. Even then, most apprentices weren’t trusted with all the marbling formulas until they were into their 30’s or 40’s.” http://marbleart.us/SomeHistory.htm

   
    
    
    
    
  

    
    

    
 

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