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Simple Suminagashi – A Demonstration

March 24, 2012

The Japanese marbling technique of Suminagashi is demonstrated in this video by Blick Studios. I could spend a day doing this and have a treasure trove of collage papers, not to mention journal page backgrounds, note cards, or handmade book covers.

I hope you enjoy this and will bookmark it for future experiments.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2012 11:25 am

    What a cool technique, thank you for sharing it!

  2. March 24, 2012 10:48 pm

    It’s a lot of fun to see the design that gets transfered. I’ve tried it a few times with acrylics and had marginal success. One day I’ll get some proper inks and play again. Best of success to you!

    • March 27, 2012 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

    • March 27, 2012 10:17 pm

      Nicole, amazing that I’ve never tried marbling. It’s amazing if you knew me and all the things I’ve experimented with! 🙂

      • March 28, 2012 3:21 pm

        LOL — I love your experimenting nature. I do my own and love the unexpected things it brings. 🙂

      • March 29, 2012 9:15 am

        Nicole, I am definitely going to take a day out and just do some of these.

  3. Sue permalink
    March 25, 2012 12:25 am

    Like marbeling, this is a very meditative process. you can also do it with sumi ink and a small omount of diluted Photo-Flo or Jet-dry (for dishwashers). One brush for the ink, one brush for the surfactant, back and forth, then use a bamboo skewer to slightly move it in a pattern or japanese masters use a paper fan to blow patterns into it.

  4. March 25, 2012 4:54 am

    That’s fantastic Martha and, yes, I can well imagine you building a lovely stockpile of papers 🙂

  5. Sue permalink
    March 27, 2012 11:41 pm

    Nicole, to use acrylic paints, you have to use a thickened gel, not just water. You can use carageenan, methyl cellulose or some people use thinned down wallpaper paste. Acrylic inks might work on water, though.

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