The art of Suminagashi is a monotype technique of creating marbled surface patterns that are then printed to paper or cloth. When applied with a brush, sumi ink floats on the surface of water, rippling with any vibrations or breeze that change the surface tension of the water. This movement lends an organic quality to prints. We’ll use a surfactant to strategically concentrate our ink into patterns, but there is always an element of chance and letting go of control with this medium. Each print is unique! Feel free to attend this class as a live demonstration, or see below for a materials list and practice along.
Materials: -A watertight tray that you can fill with a depth of 1-2 inches of water. Your tray must be larger than your paper by at least 1 inch on all sides. Small trays such as take-out or kitchen storage containers work fine, just be prepared to trim your paper accordingly! -Two or more Sumi calligraphy brushes. One for surfactant, and one for each color you would like to use. Black ink is traditional. I will demonstrate with black and one other color. I use size 2 student-level brushes that cost $3-4 each. Feel free to try different sizes. They don’t all have to be the same. -Sumi ink, such as Kasen or Yasutomo, available online or in art supply stores. Please note that sumi ink is different than calligraphy ink and india ink. Start with black, but it’s also fun to incorporate color, such as with a Boku Undo or Aitoh marbling ink set. -Paper: suminagashi paper, calligraphy rice paper, washi paper or printmaking paper, absorbent and strong. We’ll discuss lightweight vs heavyweight papers in class. Regular printer paper can be used for practice, but it isn’t generally strong enough to hold up to getting wet and it doesn’t produce crisp prints. -Surfactant: Kodak photo-flo, OR make your own surfactant by mixing 2-3 drops of liquid dish soap (such as Dawn) into ¼ cup of water -Two small bowls or cups for ink and surfactant, plus water or a rinse jar nearby to clean brushes -Newspaper or other scrap paper -Optional: a fan (or paper to create some air flow), a straw, a stylus or skewer
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7. Senior 60+