Paper Marbling Workshop

The Ladder on 136, Cape Town | Saturday 22 May

COST: R600 per person – Includes coffee/tea and pastry or savory snack

Learn how to ‘paint on water’ using centuries-old marbling techniques to create 8-12 of your own beautiful papers. It is the art where paint floats upon a bath of thickened water and drawn through with various tools to create forms and patterns. If you love experimenting with paint, colour or getting creative with paper, this workshop is for you! Marbling is an age-old technique rooted in history, is one of the most rewarding, and fun art forms to experiment with.


During this four-hour workshop, you will be given a thorough introduction to the beautiful art of western paper marbling, including a brief history, the technical ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s,  followed with time to just play and experiment.

Workshop breakdown:

  • History of paper marbling and its applications
  • how to make the thickened water
  • how to prepare the paper for marbling
  • techniques for controlling the behaviour of the paints
  • how to create all kinds of beautiful patterns.
  • Free time to marbled paper and a Terracotta Pot
  • Coffee/tea and pastry or savoury snack will also be served!

During the workshop I will demonstrate various techniques and talk you through how to recreate them yourself, providing all the tools, equipment and materials you might need to get experimental. Marbling is great fun but can get messy, so make sure you wear old clothes. Please, can you bring your own apron due to covid regulations.


For any questions and to make bookings please email You will then be sent an invoice, your proof of payment will secure your booking.

You will be able to take your marbled creations home with you. They will be transported in plastic sleeves and will need to laid out to dry when you get home so that they don’t stick together. You can also opt to get your favourite marbled papers made into a beautiful hand-bound notebook 20% off the standard price, an exclusive offer for marbling workshop attendees. Perfect for a special gift or memento. These can be collected from The Ladder or ship at an extra R100 two weeks later. 

If you are interested in carrying on with your newfound paper marbling skills and require tools and equipment. You are welcome to get in touch with me after the workshop to order kits.


If you can no longer attend the workshop, please contact us to let us know at least 48 hours before the event for a full refund.


We take the safety of our guests very seriously and have completed a full risk assessment for our marbling workshops to ensure the lowest risk of COVID-19 infection.

  • Wearing of facemasks or visors is mandatory for all participants and staff.
  • If possible, please bring your own apron.
  • The maximum lesson size is 10 participants to make social distancing easier.
  • All surfaces, door handles and fixtures cleaned before and after the workshop.
  • Hand sanitiser available at the entrance to the building.