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New Paper Marbling Book — First of Its Kind by Minnesota Center for Book Arts Teacher

August 2019

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The art of paper marbling traces back to the 12th century. Today, the art form takes on new breath as the next generation takes it to an accelerated level. Artist Heather RJ Fletcher is helping to grow this movement.

An artist, entrepreneur, and teacher at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Textile Center Minnesota, respectively, Fletcher has seen the art of paper marbling grow in recent years, but resources, such as books, have not. “All the books written about marbling are out of print,” she says.

“Traditional crafts do not live on unless they are passed on. This is my contribution to keeping the art of marbling alive.” ~ Heather RJ Fletcher

Fletcher took it upon herself to write the next book on paper marbling. As a result, Making Marbled Paper: Paint Techniques & Patterns for Classic & Modern Marbleizing on Paper & Silk launches this October 2019 from Fox Chapel Publishing.

Fletcher’s book will teach the techniques of paper marbling while offering 30 different patterns you can create at home or in the studio. She also teaches how to float paint on water, create intricate patterns with unusual tools, and so many more marbling methods that can be re-imagined for home décor, stationery, apparel, ceramics, and accessories. 

“What I create captures the human spirit of where the culture is heading. Understanding experience creates story, connection and memory.” ~ Heather RJ Fletcher

Educational, inspiring, and thorough, Making Marbled Paper includes the following:

  • Over 30 marbling patterns to create, each design colorful and intricate, with clear how-to photos
  • 6 marbling projects show how to transfer your marbled designs on a variety of materials for home décor, stationery, textiles, and other possibilities
  • Step-by-step instructions for the four foundational patterns to encourage practice of marbling methods
  • Multiple techniques for stone, getgel, nonpareil, and chevron designs and their advanced variations
  • Expert advice on workspace, tools, equipment, mixtures, paints, papers, and other essentials
  • The history of the ancient art of marbling paint from one of 20 marbling masters in the world, author Heather Fletcher

About Heather RJ Fletcher

Heather RJ Fletcher is a surface designer, mermaid, and artist living in Minneapolis. Post-graduation she experimented with several career paths: award-winning documentary filmmaker, retail manager, interactive commercial business manager, mermaid model, and even a home shopping television producer! Then one day, she took an art licensing workshop at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). HRJ is now licensing her art work, making patterns, illustrating, and showing in galleries. She happily works from her studio in Minneapolis with her husband and one extremely cute puppy.

About Fox Chapel Publishing

Fox Chapel Publishing inspires and informs readers who enjoy a wide variety of hobbies, crafts, and lifestyle interests. The company specializes in illustrated nonfiction with a focus on artisan and high-quality craft books. Fox Chapel publishes more than 1,500 book titles as well as several craft magazines. The publisher’s imprints include CompanionHouse Book, Creative Homeowner, Design Originals, Happy Fox Books, IMM Lifestyle Books, Landauer Publishing, Old Pond Publishing, and Quiet Fox Designs. For more information, please visit

Making Marbled Paper: Paint Techniques & Patterns for Classic & Modern Marbleizing on Paper & Silk

By Heather RJ Fletcher

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing

Release: October 15, 2019

ISBN-13: 978-1497100435

US SRP: $19.99