A Trayside Handbook of Marbling
Monday, 23 March 2009
This weekend was filled with great projects. First, the Greater Cincinnati Calligraphy Guild meeting presentation was on flipping our perceptions of background, foreground, and mid-ground. Calligrapher Karen McMannon was the presenter. As always, she did a great job of combining instruction with hands-on activities.
Toward the end of the meeting, Ann Woods showed off copies of her book, A Trayside Handbook of Marbling. Ann is a book maker, calligrapher, and marble, and I can honestly say that her love of the arts is infectious (a little Web research turns up that she’s been one of Columbus Ohio’s Artists-in-Schools for over 23 years). Her book is no less impressive. Everything about the book has been designed to make it useful. From the spiral binding (to allow it to lay flat) to tipped-in samples of marbling (shown above) to an additional reference sheet to be mounted above your workstation. There’s a copious suppliers list, bibliography, and she even includes directions on making your own equipment. In the book’s preface, she refers to it as being “a working manual for the serious beginner.” I love that. Serious beginner. Unlike so many art instructions, she doesn’t assume the reader is there to dabble. She assumes that the reader is there to go from beginner to master. It really sets the tone for the book and turns it into a piece that will travel with the student throughout their learning process.
Alas, I looked to see if Ann was selling copies on her Web site, but I couldn’t find them. She did say she was setting up an online store soon. Her e-mail address is aimiaart at yahoo dot com.