Marblers Apprentice

"Our primary area of interest is the study of the pigments, materials and techniques that were used in the fabrication of marbled paper from its earliest introduction into Europe in the 16th century, through the 19th century. During much of this time, the watercolor paints were prepared in the marbling workshops by the marblers or their assistants. As part of our investigations, we began, and have continued to make paints using the pigments that would have been available to these marblers. These paints are prepared as they would have been in the 18th and 19th centuries; the techniques are taken from the classic marbling texts and other texts of those times."

Madeleine Durham

"Rich colors and lively shapes are my inspiration, as are the sounds and spaces between the mountains and skies that are evident in New Mexico's meandering and vibrant horizons. In recent years I've gained a following, and even some notoriety, for my paste papers, which are all created on archival Arches Text Wove and Japanese Kozo papers. I use a special brush technique and a variety of pastes, which I've formulated over the years. Transparent layering and blending are two of my favorite techniques."


Chena Rivers

"At Chena River Marblers, we are practitioners of the art of marbling. This wondrous process involves the capturing of an intricate pattern from the surface of a liquid. The marbler creates these patterns by applying and manipulating colors on the liquid’s surface until the desired pattern is established. The pattern is then caught permanently when paper or fabric is briefly laid onto the surface of the patterned liquid. Each marbled piece is one-of-a-kind as the marbler must start afresh for each new print."