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Hand-Marbled Valentines and Zines

February 5 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, February 5, 11am-3pm

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About this Workshop:

Turn hand-marbled paper into Valentines and zines in this brand-new workshop! Students will spend the first half of the class learning  how to create beautiful marbled patterns on paper using just shaving cream and food coloring. Then, with our marbled papers in hand, the Valentine extravaganza begins! The folding technique for mini zines will be demonstrated, as well as a 3-dimensional element for your zines. A variety of blank folding cards, pens and papers will also be provided so everyone can design a few traditional cards embellished with marbled paper. Students will leave with up to two zines and two traditional cards, time permitting. 

Level: All levels welcome.

Registration extended to January 30, 2022. Material fees are included with your registration to cover items provided in class, including paper, blank greeting cards, and other items to add decorative embellishments. Students will need to gather/purchase some supplemental supplies for class (see list below).

Sample images by Bel Mills.


Registration includes a $5 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including paper, blank greeting cards, and other items to add decorative embellishments. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • 1 – 9×13 Foil Pan (to mix your marbling ingredients)
  • 1 Plastic Ruler
  • 1 Large Plastic Spoon 
  • 1 Red Food Coloring, liquid or gel (Optional: blue, purple, etc)
  • (Optional) Rubber Stamps and Ink pads to further embellish your creations
  • (Optional) Washi Tape to add additional decorative elements – examples


Bel Mills is a collage artist and book designer inspired by second-hand, vintage and commonplace paper. In her Northern Virginia studio, Scrap Paper Circus, she uses old books, magazines, maps, and office supplies—among other materials—to create one-of-a-kind journals and collaged artist books. She believes in reusing old paper not only as a method, but also as a muse. As she tells her students, second-hand paper frees an artist from worrying excessively about waste and allows her to experiment and take risks without agonizing about mistakes or about ruining precious materials. She embraces accidents and rejects persnickety bookbinding dogma except when absolutely necessary; infusing her work (and her classes) with a sense of possibility, whimsy and delight. You can find more of Bel’s work on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy. Visit her website to learn more: www.scrappapercircus.com.

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