Introduction to Marbled Fabric

A course by Carla Qua
Textile designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 08/26/2019
, Textile designer

Learn artisanal dying techniques and draw on water to achieve unique patterns

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (120)
  • 3197 students
Introduction to Marbled Fabric

Learn artisanal dying techniques and draw on water to achieve unique patterns

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (120)
  • 3197 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (54m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Preserving and promoting an ancient technique to create unique textile pieces are a sustainable form of production. If you feel affinity for this phrase or you are curious, then you have to know the work of Carla Qua, a textile designer who specializes in marbling, a technique of handmade dyeing that can be done on fabric and paper with floating inks in water, generating patterns original and unrepeatable.

In this course you will learn to make five traditional patterns on different textile surfaces; also the basic materials and tools, as well as useful recommendations to obtain the best results.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Marbling origin, materials and tools
  • U3
    U3. Preparation of fibers, tub and acrylics
  • U4
    U4. Stopped process
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will meet Carla Qua, her studies and professional career between integral design, creative management and textile design. You will see how he discovered his passion for textiles and the design of prints, always looking for new ways to add more color or graphic elements in his creations.

You will delve into the history of marbling technique, its evolution and current applications. You will see the materials and tools you will need to start creating, the usefulness of each and the order in which you will use them.

Then you will learn to prepare different fabrics so that they absorb the pigments correctly achieving a firm dyeing. You will use natural fiber fabrics, such as cotton or silk, to see the different results you can get depending on the surface; In addition to how to dilute and mix acrylics to achieve original results.

You will define a color palette with the advice of Carla and practice the technique of marbling with five traditional patterns to get a sample. Once you are familiar with each one, you will make the stamping for a utilitarian piece. Then, you will see examples of how this technique can be used and the washing care you should have.

At the end of this course you will have the fundamental knowledge so that you can experiment with the infinite possibilities that this technique offers.

What is this course's project?

You will make a sample consisting of five traditional patterns: Turkish (base pattern), antique straight, nonpareil, placard and Italian that you can combine or modify later, and get your own style to make as a final project, a handkerchief of 30 cm x 30 cm.

Who is it for?

To students of design, graphic designers, fashion or textile beginners and people who are curious about this artisan technique of dyeing.

What you need

You do not need previous knowledge. To take advantage of the full potential of this course it is ideal to have all the basic materials, these are:

100 gr of alum, 1 neutral soap, 1 pot for 2 liters of water, blender, 5 canvases of 25x25 cm of cotton (the fibers must be 100% natural and white or raw), 1 silk scarf of 30x30 cm, 1 tray 40x30x5 cm minimum depth, iron,
100 gr of carrageenan, acrylic paint in primary colors (blue, red, yellow, white and black) of the following brands Jacquard Marbling or Golden Fluid acrylic. 5 drippers, containers for mixing paint, combs, wooden sticks, thread, combs and toothbrushes, newspaper.


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Carla Qua

A course by Carla Qua

Textile designer

Multidisciplinary and experimental textile designer who lives and works in Mexico City. He studied at the School of Fine Arts Design, where the career is called Integral Design, specializing in textile, graphic or industrial design through various workshops.

From his textile laboratory he collaborates with different design projects in various fields such as furniture, fashion, art direction, accessories, textile packaging and interior design. Working with Rococó, Sandra Weil, Avocet Jewelry, Claudia Pepper, Flaminguettes, Paraiba Beachwear, Amandina, Ayres, Allegra, among others, has greatly enriched their projects.

He teaches workshops and graduates of experimental textiles, dyed with natural dyes and marbled. She is the creative director (artisan) at Agnes Tintorería, a sustainable brand of basic garments of organic fibers and natural dyes, where she practices with ancient techniques such as immersion and marbling.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Marbling origin, materials and tools

    • What is marbling?
    • Materials and tools
    • Color selection
  • U3

    Preparation of fibers, tub and acrylics

    • Fiber preparation
    • Dye Tub Preparation
    • Acrylic Preparation
  • U4

    Stopped process

    • Base Pattern (Turkish Pattern) and how to clean the tub
    • Patterns 2 and 3: Antique Straight and Nonpareil
    • Patterns 4 and 5: Placard and Italian
    • Handkerchief dyeing
    • Drying and subsequent washing
    • Application in utility garments
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to textile marbling

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Introduction to Marbled Fabric. A Craft course by Carla Qua

Introduction to Marbled Fabric

A course by Carla Qua
Textile designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 08/26/2019
  • 97% Positive reviews (120)
  • 3197 students