Just a quick reminder about Paper Marbling in Florence 

We hold our classes in a well established family shop and the demonstrations and lessons are provided by expert marbler Riccardo Luci or his sister Leticia.

All students initially watch a demonstration by Riccardo , creating a traditional Florentine marbled paper design using a mixture of  water based paints floating on “ colla “ – a gluey paste created from an algae found in the Black Sea

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Each student then gets an opportunity to create their own design using hand-made tools which probably haven’t changed much in structure over the past 400 years. The most popular design is the Pavone – the Peacock , as shown below.

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For obvious reasons…..

Everybody has a chance to create their own peacock display before starting a second , more freehand , design

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Some of these designs look really exciting in their raw state even before mixing and being combed.

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At this stage of learning Riccardo always helps to slide the paper out of the glue bath – one of the most difficult parts of the whole process – and puts it on a wooden board to hold it flat in his paper drier.

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And there it is – simple but satisfying – but ready for the next stage of learning, which the students who are living here in Florence have already signed up for.

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And those who are leaving get a consolatory cuddle.

Thanks everyone for another great morning’s work – A La Prossima!

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