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Chicago Artist speaks about ancient Japanese art form

An artist in the ancient Japanese art of suminagashi spoke about her childhood and background as a mechanical engineer that led her to a life of painting.

Suminagashi is an art form in which the artist uses water as a canvas for ink paintings, before transferring the image onto rice paper. 

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Video: Learn to Marble Paper using the Suminagashi Technique

This is an activity for people of all ages – if working with small children, use disposable cake tins for a vat and pieces of yarn instead of paintbrushes.

Basic Steps:

Simply pour water into a tray and gently touch your inked paintbrush to the surface of the water to draw the ink out.

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SK-II is Suminagashi Inspired

Inspired by the Japanese art of marbling, known as suminagashi, SK-II’s limited edition Christmas packaging is something you’ll want to own for yourself

We love Christmas not just because of the carols, decoration and general air of joviality, but because of limited edition packaging on our favourite beauty goodies.

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The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Suminagashi Collection

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70’s Suminagashi Collection pays homage to the patterns used on psychedelic clothing and performance art during the late 60’s and 70’s. More than 2000 years ago, artisans discovered that suspending and swirling inks or paint on a still water surface creates vibrant and distinctive marble patterns on paper.

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How to Paint on Water for Paper Marbling and Ebru Art

The marble paper is a decorated paper, that is created with a special process. The sheets of Ebru paper have been created since the 18th Century in Turkey and much earlier in China and Japan, because China invented paper. Today, the marbling paper is used for decoration and for very expensive books.

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Ebru and Suminagashi techniques combine to create a unique artwork

It starts with a basin of water covered with a thin layer of motionless, liquid paint, then add one drop of paint. Watch this artist employ an interesting combination of both Ebru and Suminagashi styles to create a beautiful and colorful works of art.

Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese technique used for painting on water,

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Best Suminagashi Book Ever


Suminagashi: The Japanese Art of Marbling by Anne Chambers

Although hard to find, this is our favorite book about Suminagashi and the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates this art form. Written as an introduction to the Japanese craft of paper marbling,

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Suminagashi Starter Kit For the Holidays

IMG_9577.JPGIf you love the look of Suminagashi and are ready to create your own designs, a great way to begin is with our popular Suminagashi Starter Kit supplies. It also makes a wonderful gift this holiday season or any time of year.

Suminagashi Starter Kit
Here are some of the supplies you will need to start creating your own Suminagashi artwork:

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Suminagashi with Kids

There are a lot of great tutorials about how easy it is to create beautiful Suminagashi artwork with kids – and how much they love doing it. From Inner Child Fun, here is a great video tutorial showing the process and the joy of creating!

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Mini Suminagashis

In an Abstract Art Fun Class (K-3rd), this children’s art teacher created mini monoprints using 4X6 photo paper.

Each student had a small plastic container of water. With a small brush they floated their Sumi ink on the top of their water. When they were finished laying their colors,

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