Try Your Hand at an Ancient Art Form

Paper Marbling Class

Date: Saturday, February 27 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, R116, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN  46227

Cost: $55.00, student discounts available (email for more info), all materials included, class size is limited

Paper marbling has a colorful history with many origins and traditions. In Japan, it began around the twelfth century and is called ‘suminagashi’ or ‘ink floating’. In fifteenth century Turkey it was called ‘Ebru’ or ‘cloud art’. As the art of marbling paper slowly spread to Europe in Ink in Panthe sixteenth century, the styles and techniques were closely held secrets. That is until Englishman Charles Woolnough revealed everything in a book titled ‘The Whole Art of Marbling’ (first published in 1853).

From the Introduction: “The Art of Marbling is by no means a novel invention, although it has been kept in the dark and involved in a kind of mystery by those who practised it. When the author was young, it was almost an impossibility for anyone, especially if they were at all connected with the bookbinding or stationery trades, to get a sight of the inside of the apartment where the process was performed, every hole and crevice through which you might get a peep was carefully stopped up, and ‘No Admission’ put upon the door.”

Books tend to spread knowledge!

In our Paper Marbling Class, we will spread the fun with a colorful approach to this classic art form. In this class you will learn the basics to produce your own set of hand-marbled papers with results that may be as surprising and creative as any ‘cloud art’ from ancient times.

If you would like more information on this class, or the other classes we offer, please send a request to:

Leather Bound Hard Cover Book Class,  Friday, April 8th – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturday, April 9th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: National Library Bindery Co., 55 South State Ave., Suite 100, Indianapolis
Cost – $290.00

Book Restoration Class, Friday, April 29th – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturday, April 30th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: National Library Bindery Co., 55 South State Ave., Suite 100, Indianapolis
Cost – $175.00

See Our Work at the Show

Visit us at the annual Beech Grove Book, Postcard, Political and Paper Show on Sunday, February 28th from 9am to 4pm!

Location – Beech Grove High School Gym, 5330 Hornet Ave., Beech Grove, Indiana.

BG peopleThis show will feature first edition books, autographed books, general reading books as well as postcards, movie posters, and vintage political items.

Be sure to stop by our table to see examples of fine bookbinding and restoration. This is your chance to discuss book binding, book repair, self publishing and the classes we offer. We would love to see that great old book you just bought. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Beech Grove High School Student Incentive Program.

Available Now: Cemetery Log

Standard2Our exclusive cemetery log was released last October at the Indiana State Library’s annual Genealogy Show. The log features 34 pages including log sheets to record the genealogical findings during cemetery visits. The log also contains a symbols guide to aid in decoding tombstone symbols you may find as well as a reference to the common tombstone styles you’ll encounter out in the field.

We are excited to announce that National Library Bindery Company Brand Cemetery Logs are now available for purchase at the Indiana Historical Bureau’s Gift Shop located at 140 North Senate Avenue.

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