Paper Marbling and Bookbinding


Sat 22 & Sun 23 June

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Sat 22 & Sun 23 June
10am – 4pm

Join us for the collaboration of the century, as Cassandra Barron and Shona Spalding join forces to bring you a combined two day workshop in paper marbling and bookbinding! Combine these two exquisite heritage crafts with a contemporary slant to create beautifully bound books using your own hand marbled papers.

On day one Shona will give us an introduction to the mediative art of marbling and teach you how to create a stunning and unique collection of papers that will become your book! We’ll start with thinner papers as we learn and learn and experiment with pattern and colour.  Shona will demonstrate various techniques and talk you through the process of mixing paints and combining colours to achieve your desired results. As the day goes on your confidence and technique will improve, and we’ll use what you’ve learned to create heavier weight papers that you will incorporate into your books. We’ll set aside your kaleidoscopic collections of paper to dry overnight, ready pressed as needed to be used to construct your books.

On day two Cass will show you how to create a satisfying book structure with a folded accordion spine and stitched signatures, incorporating your marbled papers into the covers and inside pages. She’ll also demonstrate how to weave pockets, tabs and textured pages into your book, with plenty of ideas on how you can continue adding to it after the workshop, or make the same style of book in different shapes and sizes. This is a really lovely book full of texture and movement – a great way to bring together different papers and print experiments. Cass will provide all materials but if you have any papers of your own that you would like to include alongside your marbling, please do bring along.

By the end of the workshop, you will have gained a solid understanding of two valuable heritage crafts, and will have produced your own collection of marbled papers and a stunning hand-bound book. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist looking to expand your skills, this workshop offers a playful and immersive exploration into the worlds of paper marbling and bookbinding.


  • All tools and materials for your paper marbling and bookbinding workshop are included in the course cost, but you are welcome to bring your own papers to try marbling on, or to compliment your marbled papers.
  • Tea and coffee are provided but participants should bring their own lunch and utensils
  • All of our classes are suitable for over 16s, younger crafters may be accommodated if accompanied by a participating adult but please contact us before booking
  • If the workshop you were looking at is fully booked drop us an email and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We will add extra dates to our most popular workshops too, join the mailing list to be the first to know
  • All of our workshops are held at our accessible workshop at Craft Central, High Street, Dunblane, FK15 0EE.
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your workshop we need at least three weeks notice. Please read our cancellation policy before booking

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