Suminagashi Workshop Results

Despite the poor weather, four club members came out to Saturday’s suminagashi workshop and enjoyed an afternoon experimenting with different ink patterns, paper, and even a piece of silk brought along. Here are some pictures of their results:

Suminagashi_Susan

Blue and black marbling on a type of thin rice paper, as done by Susan O’Riordan.

Suminagashi_Elaine

Elaine Nyman with a pink (red ink), blue, and black pattern on the same type of rice paper.

Suminagashi_Maggie_Sheets

Several marbled cards and papers done by Maggie Jasaitis. The cards are Strathmore Printmaking cards, and the paper was an almost tissue-paper-thin calligraphy paper from Japan.

Suminagashi_Susan_Silk

Susan O’Riordan experiments with a piece of raw silk she had from a past weaving project.

Suminagashi_Ornaments

After the workshop, Karina Douglas-Takayesu took some of her very thin marbled papers and decoupaged them with Mod Podge on to a Styrofoam ball Christmas ornament. The top ball is the unfinished ornament, the ball on the lower left had a wrap-around template used to make the design (somewhat) continuous, and the ball on the lower right is decorated with various scraps cut out and overlapping on another.

Materials Used:

  • Aitoh Boku-Undo Suminagashi Marbling Kit
  • Hahnemuhle Copperplate 300gsm-weigh paper (22 X 30″ sheets cut into small pieces)
  • Various small Japanese calligraphy brushes (inexpensive round synthetic #5 to #10 size watercolour brushes can also be used); 1 for each colour + 1 for soap/water dispersant, if used
  • Miscellaneous unsized or rough papers
  • A small container of water with a drop of dish soap for separating monochromatic rings
  • Various trays, approximately 1-inch deep for water and ink
  • Unmarked newsprint for drying/transporting marbled papers

*Note: Suminagashi does not use any thickening agents in the water*

The marbling kit, copperplate etching paper, and watercolour brushes can purchased from Above Ground Art Supplies in Toronto: https://www.abovegroundartsupplies.com/; (Japanese calligraphy brushes may be found at speciality stores, but are generally quite costly in North America – the ones used in the workshop were purchased at a ¥100 (roughly $1.00) store in Shinjuku.

A tutorial similar to Saturday’s workshop can be viewed on Blick Art Materials’ YouTube Channel here. (Dick Blick is a large chain art supplier in the United Sates.)

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2 Responses to Suminagashi Workshop Results

  1. Very, very wonderful…

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  2. Penny says:

    Beautiful results ladies!

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