MarbledPaperArtisan

Period Marbled Papers and Historically Inspired Design

Shelbyville, Missouri On Etsy since 2009

MarbledPaperArtisan

Period Marbled Papers and Historically Inspired Design

Shelbyville, Missouri | 290 Sales

Announcement    2020 Schedule of Itinerant Activities

Maplewood Art Studio
Maplewood, Missouri Introductory Paper Marbling
February 15

MOMCC Spring Conference
Peoria, Illinois
Selling marbled paper and related product.
March 11-14

Historic New Harmony(CANCELLED)
Paper marbling Demonstration and Sales New Harmony, Indiana
April 15, 16, 17. 8:00-3:00

Southern Illinois Art & Fiber Festival(CANCELLED)
Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois Mascoutah, Illinois
Introductory Paper Marbling
May 1. 9:00-12:00

Children’s Historic Festival
Missouri First Capital Saint Charles, Missouri
May 16-17(CANCELLED)

Felix Valle Home State Historic Site
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Paper marbling Instruction
May 19 (CANCELLED)

Felix Valle Home State Historic Site 
French Heritage Days
Paper marbling & Sales
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
June. (CANCELLED)

Science Center of Iowa
Children’s Class: paper marbling
(pending)

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair
Paper marbling Hands-on Instruction
Ripley, West Virginia
July 2-4 (CANCELLED)

Clay Center
Charleston, West Virginia
Introductory Paper Marbling Class
July 6-7 (CANCELLED)


Jane Austen Festival
Paper marbling Instruction (CANCELLED)
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Locust Grove Plantation Historic Site
Louisville, Kentucky
July 11-12 (CANCELLED)

Buffalo Museum of Science
Paper marbling Instruction
Buffalo, New York
August 8. (PENDING)
10:00-12:30
1:30-4:00

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Cobleskill, New York
August 11-16

Adirondack Folk School
Paper marbling Instruction(pending)
Lake Luzern, New York
August 21

Washington County Fair
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Greenwich, New York
August 25-30

Fonda Fair
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Fonda, New York
August 2-September 7

Stonewall Jackson Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Weston, West Virginia
Paper marbling Demonstration and Sales
September 12

Field Days of the Past
Rockville, VA
Paper marbling Demonstration and Sales
September 18-20

Harvest Celebration, Dollywood
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
September 25-October 30(pending)

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 2, 2020

2020 Schedule of Itinerant Activities

Maplewood Art Studio
Maplewood, Missouri Introductory Paper Marbling
February 15

MOMCC Spring Conference
Peoria, Illinois
Selling marbled paper and related product.
March 11-14

Historic New Harmony(CANCELLED)
Paper marbling Demonstration and Sales New Harmony, Indiana
April 15, 16, 17. 8:00-3:00

Southern Illinois Art & Fiber Festival(CANCELLED)
Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois Mascoutah, Illinois
Introductory Paper Marbling
May 1. 9:00-12:00

Children’s Historic Festival
Missouri First Capital Saint Charles, Missouri
May 16-17(CANCELLED)

Felix Valle Home State Historic Site
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Paper marbling Instruction
May 19 (CANCELLED)

Felix Valle Home State Historic Site 
French Heritage Days
Paper marbling & Sales
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
June. (CANCELLED)

Science Center of Iowa
Children’s Class: paper marbling
(pending)

Mountain State Art and Craft Fair
Paper marbling Hands-on Instruction
Ripley, West Virginia
July 2-4 (CANCELLED)

Clay Center
Charleston, West Virginia
Introductory Paper Marbling Class
July 6-7 (CANCELLED)


Jane Austen Festival
Paper marbling Instruction (CANCELLED)
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Locust Grove Plantation Historic Site
Louisville, Kentucky
July 11-12 (CANCELLED)

Buffalo Museum of Science
Paper marbling Instruction
Buffalo, New York
August 8. (PENDING)
10:00-12:30
1:30-4:00

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Cobleskill, New York
August 11-16

Adirondack Folk School
Paper marbling Instruction(pending)
Lake Luzern, New York
August 21

Washington County Fair
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Greenwich, New York
August 25-30

Fonda Fair
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Fonda, New York
August 2-September 7

Stonewall Jackson Boyhood Home State Historic Site
Weston, West Virginia
Paper marbling Demonstration and Sales
September 12

Field Days of the Past
Rockville, VA
Paper marbling Demonstration and Sales
September 18-20

Harvest Celebration, Dollywood
Paper Marbling Demonstration and Sales
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
September 25-October 30(pending)

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About MarbledPaperArtisan

Sales 290
On Etsy since 2009

Preservation through Education

I am an itinerant artisan, instructor, and historic trades interpreter. My education includes a B.F.A. from Missouri State University(Springfield) and a M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. My creative work is influenced by history and channeled through the historic trades of papermaking, bookbinding, and paper marbling. I've held classes in Conneticuit, Illinois, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. I have performed historically inspired demonstrations at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, Dollywood in Tennessee, The Boone Home in Missouri, Felix Valle Historic site in Ste. Genevive, Missouri, The Lincoln Log Cabin historic site in Illinois, New York State Fair in Syracuse, Champlain Valley Exposition in Vermont, The Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Old Sturbridge Village and the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts. My products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg, as well as other retail venues. My work as a historic artisan has earned me a position amongst the Top 100 Artisans in Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts.

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I was first introduced to marbled paper through books. My father would often bring my brother and I to the Saint Louis public library. Many of these books dated from the late 1800s, when marbling had become very fashionable and, therefore, very abundant. As a young child, I understood these mysterious designs were generated by some means of water. The process of paper marbling was a mystery to me, as it had been to many generations of admirers throughout history.
While attending University, I bought marbled paper through artist’s materials retailers, but it was not until I met Curtis E. Finley(1994), that I had the opportunity to marble my first sheet of paper. At the time, I was hand bookbinding and needed the same decorative paper. I wanted to build books with traditional tools, materials and techniques, and, therefore, was not satisfied with the contemporary nature of available marbled paper. Curtis came along in just the right time. In the mid-nineteen eighties, Mr. Finley reintroduced the world to alum-free marbling. Until that time, most paper marblers forgot about the old ways to marble paper without the aid of alum as a mordant to affix the paint to the paper. History shows us that alum was never used in the marbling process. It had been found to exist naturally in some pigments, and it was used in the manufacture of certain paints, but never was alum applied as we do today. This fact made Curtis’ marbling very attractive to me. Curtis’ paint was flawless. It allowed me to begin learning the trade and to share it with thousands of people through teaching and historic trades demonstrations.
In 2001, Curtis stopped selling paint. Curtis suggested that I start marbling with alum like everyone else. This was not an option. I had to preserve one of the basic essential elements that made paper marbling a historic trade: its paint. Curtis E. Finley had reintroduced alum-free paper marbling, and I was determined to continue sharing and preserving alum-free paper marbling.
I was now forced to figure out how to make my own paint. At this point, I had known Curtis for around five and a half years. Curtis revealed many clues pertaining to paint making, but no clear directions or obvious secretes were given. On April 5, 2003, after weeks of research, I attempted to make paint. By June 9, 2003, I was successful with Prussian Blue. On October 13, 2003, one of several yellow paints were successfully made. Around this time, a red pigment was found to complete the necessary primary color group needed to marbled paper in a historically appropriate way. Paint formulation continues today. Each day at the marbling tray is a new day. It seems that everything effects marbling a piece of paper. This is especially true of how and where I work. It must be known that I rarely marbles in the protective environment of my shop. By profession, I am a historic trades interpreter and teacher, along with being an artisan. I often perform outdoors and usually in the public’s eye. I work under a tent in temperatures ranging from 30 degrees to 100 degrees, in all sorts of atmospheric pressures, levels of humidity, and wind conditions. Paper marbling demands consistencies in the working environment for predictable limits to be realized. I normally do not have this luxury. I mention this because this has been a great influence. My work reflects research and efforts to preserve alum-free paper marbling.

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Shop policies

Last updated on November 18, 2017
Thank you for purchasing my work. What is represented on my Etsy Site is a portion of what I do, and what I do is an important part of who I am; I am a historic trades artisan and preservationist.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Returns of Undamaged Items:
I will return the full cost of the item, less the shipping. i.e. Item cost $9.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling, totaling $15.00. I will refund your $9.00. Refunds will be sent upon arrival of undamaged item.
Damaged item:
I am not responsible for items damaged in transit. But I may be able to help. I may have provided postal insurance for the cost of the items sent, so contact me in the event of damaged goods. If item is damaged in transit, you will have to contact the Post Master at your post office first. I will do everything I can to replace your order
Phone- 314-378-6652, or e-mail: periodpaper [!at] yahoo.com
Payment
Methods of Payment:
I will accept money orders, but payment through Credit cards or Pay Pal may be best. The itinerant nature of my business puts me away from my shop, so mailing payments to my P.O. Box may delay your order's shipment. Credit cards or Pay Pal will allow uninterrupted reception of payment, even when I am on the road. I am PayPal Verified, but if you have any questions, check out this PayPall link to see my Verification for your self:
https://www.paypal.com/us/verified/pal=periodpaper%40yahoo%2ecom
Deadlines:
I will hold your order for as long as we are in communication. If I cannot get a response concerning your payment, I will assume you have changed your mind. At this point the item will be put back on line. Communication is key.
Shipping
Methods of Shipping:
I use the United States Postal System. If you want an upgrade for extra timely shipping, I have provided this service through Easy.
How soon:
I will send your items as soon as payment is received or established according to Etsy. This being said, I travel frequently, so I may not be able to respond immediately. Please bear with me on this issue. You may e-mail me if you have any questions.
Additional policies and FAQs
Copyright Law:
The majority of items sold on my Etsy site are one of a kind creations. Similar applications of marbled paper with similar patterns are common, but none are identical. For this reason, each piece is a work of copyright protected art. All are digitally documented. The pattern of each marbled paper is not copyright protected, but the specific work of the artist is. It may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission of the artist. The works sold on this site are for one time use, not commercial reproduction. This includes the downloading of images from this Etsy Site. Permission to reproduce a design is negotiable. Contact me on this issue.
Whole sale:
I am very open to wholesale, please contact me for more information.
Consignment:
Contact me on this issue.

Phone- 314-378-6652, or e-mail- periodpaper [!at] yahoo.com