Making Traditional Marbled Papers

Kate Brett
Paper marbling is a beautiful craft with a long history that can be traced back to Japan in the twelfth century. This practical book introduces traditional patterns and explains the techniques that are used creatively today. It covers the history of marbling – from its origins in Japan to Persia, Turkey and then Europe in the seventeenth century. Details on equipment and materials are given along with what you need to get started and to set up a studio. The process from preparing the size, to adding the paints, creating the pattern and then treating the sheets is covered in detail. It introduces traditional patterns such as spot and combed patterns, as well as advanced techniques. Creative uses for marbling are given including step-by-step sequences for a range of projects. Making Traditional Marbled Papers is a visual treasure and shows how paper marbling can be practised and appreciated by all, from children to professionals.
Making Traditional Marbled Papers by Kate Brett

About the author

Kate Brett is a paper marbler, specialising in traditional patterns and techniques from the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has run her business Payhembury Marbled Papers for over forty years, and her papers are used by bookbinders, designers and makers worldwide.

Press Reviews

I bought this book as soon as I saw you mention it on here. It is truly amazing. I am self taught and have been marbling for over ten years relying on books to give me tips. This is now my favourite reference and I love the notable marbler section. Educational and anecdotal.

- Customer

Trying such a completely new craft may seem daunting, but the results are simply tremendous. The completed papers included in here are gorgeous, and maybe one day yours will be too.

- Andrew Young, reviewer Papercrafter