Introduction to Marbled Fabric

A course by Carla Qua , Textile Designer

Textile Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019

Learn artisanal dyeing techniques and draw on water to create unique patterns

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (231)
  • 5362 students

Learn artisanal dyeing techniques and draw on water to create unique patterns

A course by Carla Qua

Championing an ancient technique to create unique textile pieces as a sustainable form of production. If this phrase speaks to you or it piques your curiosity, then you'll enjoy Carla Qua's work. She is a textile designer who specializes in marbling, an artisanal dyeing technique that can be done on fabric and paper with inks that float on water, generating patterns that are original and unrepeatable.

In this course, learn to make five traditional patterns on different textile surfaces, discover the basic materials and tools to use, and pick up some useful recommendations to obtain the best results.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 11 downloads

What is marbling?
3 minutes, 43 seconds
Materials and tools
3 minutes, 34 seconds
Color selection
4 minutes, 15 seconds
Fiber preparation
5 minutes, 15 seconds
Dye Tub Preparation
2 minutes, 34 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (231)
  • 5362 students
  • 15 lessons (54m)
  • 11 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a sampler of five traditional patterns—a Turkish base pattern, a feather pattern, an unparalleled pattern, a placard pattern, and an Italian pattern—that you can later combine or modify to add your own style to the final project, a 30 cm x 30 cm scarf.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Design students; graphic, fashion, or textile designers; and people who are curious about this traditional dyeing technique.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary. To take advantage of the full potential of this course, it is ideal to have all the basic materials, which are:

100 g of alum, a bar of neutral soap, a pot for 2 liters of water, a blender, five 25x25 cm pieces of cotton cloth (the fibers must be 100% natural and white or raw), a 30x30 cm silk scarf, a tray with a minimum size of 40x30x5 cm, an iron, 100 g of carrageenan, acrylic paint in primary colors (blue, red, yellow, white, and black) from the brands Jacquard Marbling or Golden Fluid, five eyedroppers, containers to mix the paint, combs, wooden toothpicks, thread, combs and toothbrushes, and a newspaper.


5362 Students
231 Reviews
97% Positive ratings

Carla Qua

A course by Carla Qua

Teacher Plus
Textile Designer

Multidisciplinary and experimental textile designer who lives and works in Mexico City. She studied design at art school and specialized in textile, graphic, and industrial design through various workshops.

From her textile laboratory, she collaborates on 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 her work.

She teaches workshops and courses on experimental textiles, using natural dyes and marbling. She is the creative director and artisan at Agnes Tintorería, a sustainable brand that creates simple garments made from organic fibers and natural dyes using ancient techniques such as dipping 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. Craft course by Carla Qua

Introduction to Marbled Fabric

A course by Carla Qua
Textile Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
  • 97% positive reviews (231)
  • 5362 students