Artisans and the Art of Marbling

December 13, 2017 by The Artisans

DSC_0020‘twas the night before Thursday, November 30th and all through the McAlpine building were young professional volunteers decking the halls and preparing for one of the most fun events to date: the Art of Marbling.

The night started off with networking to holiday tunes while enjoying snacks provided by Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse and sips provided by the Artisan Beer Sponsor, Vanessa House Beer Co. To kick the event off, event co-chairs, Colby Wedel and Cynthia Reynolds took to the stage to give a welcome address to the attendees.  Once completed they handed the event over to local Oklahoma City artist, Kerri Shadid who gave a brief history of water marbling and a great demo, demonstrating the various techniques, various tools, and characteristics. Once completed with her demo, Kerri invited everyone to come try their hand and marble their first paper; the rush to begin was slow at first, however, once it got going there wasn’t a dry paper in the house!

DSC_0094After writing a holiday message in a masking solution, attendees used marbling brushes, called plastic broomstraws, to pick up pigment and splatter it into the water.  Once all of the chosen pigments were on the water canvas, attendees used three available tools, a double rake, fine-tooth comb, or a pen tool to create designs in the water. Multiple tools could be used to create more complex patters. After each artist finalized their design, they placed a piece of paper on to the water. Upon lifting it up, their final design appeared!

DSC_0046Throughout the night loads of designs began to be set on the side table until the top was completed covered with swirls of color. It was truly a sight to see with everyone’s unique ideas brought to life.  Such excitement and cheer all on little 8.5 x 11 sheets of white cardstock!

The night ended with a few words by Opening Night 2018 Co-Chair, Justin Newton who spoke about Art Council OKC’s New Year’s Eve Party, volunteer opportunities, and the event he had just participated in, “Vanessa House, Mac & Cheese, and an art lesson!? We couldn’t have asked for a better holiday party!”

We agree with you Justin – We couldn’t have asked for a better holiday party!

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