The wonder of marbling @ Wilton Historical Society

In the 17th century European travelers to the Middle East collected examples of marbled paper and bound them into alba amicorum, which means “books of friendship” in Latin, and is a forerunner of the modern autograph album. Eventually the technique for making the papers reached Europe, where they became a popular covering material not only for book covers and end-papers, but also for lining chests, drawers, and bookshelves. The marbling of the edges of books was also a European adaptation of the art.

Marbled paper

This fall, the Wilton Historical Society is offering a marbling workshop for children ages 6 – 12 on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 – 12:30. While swirling inks, and dipping paper into solution, they will learn about the history of marbling, which has been practiced for hundreds of years. Putting their freshly marbled paper to good use, kids can make a book cover, either for a book they bring, such as a journal, or for a book provided by the Society. And for a snack – marble cake!

Wilton Historical Society Members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: or call 203-762-7257. Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

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