Suminagashi (Paper Marbling)
Suminagashi, which translates to floating black ink, is the ancient meditative Japanese practice of gently floating pigments on the surface of water with a brush and then capturing the mono print image on an absorbent paper. This exciting 4 hour workshop will present historical background and introduce the time honored technique and several artistic possibilities. Recommended for beginners. Limit of 8 students per class. All supplies provided.
Class topics include:
- Review of Suminagashi patterns with samples of optional papers
- Historical background of Japanese paper marbling
- Review of supplies and preparation
- Suminagashi demo
- Student practice of line control with individual coaching
Each student will leave with at least 10 beautiful Suminagashi images and gain enough experience to continue their own practice.
About the Instructor
Pamela Martinez has been teaching, studying, and practicing the ancient art of marbling over ten years and is a member of the Sumi-E Society. She provides Suminagashi workshops for the Sumi-E Society and Gilda’s Club, and instruction at the Botanic Garden in Glencoe, as well as individual lessons. Ms. Martinez believes the spiritual practice of Suminagashi teaches the importance of self-expression, provides the mystery of an undetermined result, and includes the use of various techniques to challenge the imagination.