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MACC holding marbling workshop

Once people start marbling — a method of creating surface designs on paper with patterns similar to marble — they often have a difficult time stopping, according to Lolly Durant, who is leading a marbling workshop at Mountain Arts Community Center Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1-3 p.m.

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Local artist Lolly Durant teaches a group of Signal Mountain High School students how to marble on paper through a Tennessee Arts Commission Mini-Grant. She is leading a marbling workshop for the community at MACC Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1-3 p.m.

“It entertains and really holds the attention of the person creating the work of art,” said Durant, adding that attendees at MACC’s community tree lighting last month kept marbling until around 9:30 p.m., when she finally shut down. “It whets your appetite for imagination, stimulates and takes you to a place you’ve never been before.”

The Signal Mountain resident and artist led a similar workshop for the community in November, and she was also awarded a Tennessee Arts Commission Mini-Grant to teach a unit of study called “Marbling: Swirls of Color” at Signal Mountain High School.

“Those teenagers just loved it,” Durant said of the marbling process, which involves water-based ink that floats in a bath of water. “They were just mesmerized.”

All supplies necessary will be provided, said Durant, who built the four wooden vats she uses for marbling. Those who are waiting their turn to use a vat are entertained simply by watching others marble, she said.

“They will create swirls of color on paper and they will explore color theory combinations of color and techniques, learning different patterns you can make in the ink,” said Durant. “It’s the dynamics of surface tension that makes it a work of art.”

Participants will have the opportunity to create multiple designs during the two-hour session, she said.

“You can make a design in three minutes, or you can work on that design for 15 minutes,” said Durant.

She said the activity can be modified to do from home, though a clothesline and large amount of space would be necessary.

“It sure does help to take the winter blahs out,” said Durant of marbling. “It revitalizes, puts a kick into your day and gives you a burst of energy.”

The cost for the workshop, which is intended for adults and older teenagers, is $35 plus a $10 supply fee.

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