Join us for an introduction to Suminagashi/Japanese paper marbling! Suminagashi, which translates to floating black ink, is a historical meditative Japanese practice of gently floating pigments on the surface of the water with a brush and then capturing the monoprint image on an absorbent paper.
This 2-hour workshop will present historical background and introduce the time-honored technique and several artistic possibilities. Recommended for beginners. Limit of 10 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
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.
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.