Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Book Arts class at my alma mater, Clark University where I was a guest artist and taught the class Suminagashi marbling. The class went really well – twelve participants marbled over a hundred sheets of paper!
Check out the gallery to see some lovely suminagashi in progress – I had a great time and hopefully so did everyone else.
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Those papers look amazing!
Can this be done with neck ties?
I WANT TO LEARN THIS.
Mike D! I bet it can be done with silk neck ties – next time you swing around the cod I’ll show you!
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Hello, Im confused. Basically I want to do paper marbling but im getting confused between products used to make the water thicker, dispersants, sufactants, which paints? Do some paints or inks have the ability to stay on the surface and not mix? Or does anything need help when being applied? When do I mix them in also. I heard I can make the water thicker but using cornstartch or laundry startch. Im on a very tight budget. Would inks be ok to use without anything added? Or do they need help also?
Please can you help
There are several types of marbled paper – one called Turkish Marbling uses the thickened water you’re describing. However, Suminagashi marbling uses just plain water, but you do need a special type of ink to make sure it will float – You might try this Boko Undo Suminagashi Marbling Kit because then you won’t need to buy any dispersant.