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Paper Marbling Class – May 20th

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis.

Paper marbling has a colorful history with many origins and traditions. In Japan, it began around the twelfth century and was 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 the sixteenth century, the styles and techniques were closely held secrets.

The secrets are revealed in our Paper Marbling Class, we have a fun and 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.

Learn the basics of the marbling process, materials, set up, and color mixing to produce your own set of hand-marbled papers in this fun and colorful approach to a classic art form.
Cost: $55.00    All supplies included. Class size is limited. Email nlbco@nlbco.com to qualify for a student discount.   

Encore for an Heirloom

An email from a customer:
My grandmother used this piano book and now my daughter is using it. Some of the pages are coming loose and I have even resorted to gorilla tape on the side. Is this something that you might be able to repair so that we can keep this heirloom?
Thank you,


We have worked on several music books recently. The key is that the book should still open flat after any repair. The pages that are coming apart are mended and then sewn through fold and reattached to the textblock so they still open flat. The original cover could not be saved, especially with the tape over the spine, so we replicated it with black imitation leather spine and grey bookcloth sides. The original stamping was recreated on the spine and on the front.

The result:
Trudy was very happy that her daughter can now play her grandmother’s music for many years to come.

Before you resort to using tape, bring your heirloom book in to discuss the best methods to ensure years of continued use.

Saving Beautiful 1814 Marbled End Sheets

A favorite customer brought in a beautiful book that was over 100 years old and needed a few repairs. We were able to replace the torn cloth hinge guard and save the marbled end sheets. The book is now in great working condition and is ready for many more years of use.






If you have a book that needs repair, call us at 317 636-5606. We can bring new life to your old books so they can enjoyed for many years to come.

Traditional Craftsmanship Available Today

We recently finished binding the legislative records for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to match their distinctive and durable bookbinding standards.Center Shelf_sm2

The National Library Bindery Company has the expertise and equipment required to fulfill this demanding level of traditional craftsmanship.6 in 1-600

Call on the bookbinding experts at National Library Bindery Company for beautiful books that are bound to stand the test of time. Telephone – 317 636-5606, E-mail – nlbco@nlbco.com

A Cemetery Log is a Splendid Gift for a Family History Researcher

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.

You can order a copy by clicking on ‘The Marketplace’ tab above and scrolling down to the Cemetery Log.

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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