Acrylic Marbling

Sheryl Oppenheim headshot. In black & white
Sheryl Oppenheim headshot. In black & white

Event Info

This in-person class will take place at Center for Book Arts on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 10am–4pm:

  • Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 10am–4pm.

About the Workshop

Marbling artist and CBA Instructor Sheryl Oppenheim teaches this one day workshop, where students will learn about materials and prep for size-based marbling, see examples of marbled papers, and spend most of the class working in their own tray to develop skills for marbling paper. The class will cover basic techniques and how to create the two main types of patterns (stoned patterns and combed patterns).

This workshop is called “Acrylic Marbling” to differentiate it from Turkish (ebru) marbling and traditional European marbling, which use water-based paints. Marbling originated around 1500, with some of the earliest examples found in Qurans and other Islamic religious texts from Persia. This class uses acrylic paint, a modern material, to reproduce traditional marbling patterns while embracing the potential for experimentation and playfulness.

We will learn about the history of marbling and discuss traditional recipes and techniques. Students will learn how to prepare all materials and mix paint. Most of the class will be hands-on worktime, and each student will have their own tray to work in. As the day progresses, we will learn new techniques and patterns.


Required materials

  • All materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost to the students.

About the Instructor

Sheryl Oppenheim was born in 1983 and raised in Orlando, Florida.

She is a painter, paper marbler, and maker of illegible books, an idea she first became interested in after seeing the work of Bruno Munari, and through her proximity to books, bookbinders, and marbled paper at her first job in New York, at a bookbinding supply house. She began marbling paper in 2011 and began learning Suminagashi in 2016.

Her artist books and prints are included in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

She has participated in recent exhibitions at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Sadie Halie Projects, Deanna Evans Projects, International Print Center New York, Small Editions, and the Cranbrook Museum of Art.

Oppenheim received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

She lives and works in New York City.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on June 13 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

All workshops at Center for Book Arts are subject to our cancellation policy: Fixed-rate classes: If you cancel your registration at least two weeks (or 10 business days) before the first class meeting we will refund your tuition balance, or we will credit you the full value of the class toward a future class at the Center. If you cancel less than two weeks prior to the first class meeting or drop out of a class in progress, the full tuition paid will no longer be refundable and instead will be considered a donation to the Center.

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