suminagashi: Japanese paper marbling

suminagashi: Japanese paper marbling
Member: Sarah Amatt
Introduction to Suminagashi; Japanese paper marbling

Course Overview

The art of suminagashi, the Japanese form of paper marbling, is both compelling and intriguing. It dates back to the Heian period of Japan (794-1185) and is the precursor of all other marbling techniques. Learn to marble paper with this technique of floating ink on water. Unleash your creativity and get familiar with the process and materials involved. Take home many sheets of paper decorated with suminagashi for use in bookbinding and other paper arts. The workshop is designed to give you all the knowledge you need to carry on marbling at home. No artistic training required, just curiosity!
The cost includes all materials and refreshments provided (please bring a packed lunch).


  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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“Hi Sarah, I really enjoyed the workshop on Saturday, the process is magical, and you had done everything needed to make it run smoothly so that we could get the most out of the day. There isn't much more you could do I feel, maybe a wider range of sample papers would be interesting, but that would be a bonus not something that was missing. It was great to have the generous supply of Khadi paper. Thanks again and best wishes ”
Sophie Woodrow
“Hello Sarah Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable day, meeting up with like minded people and learning a new skill. The thing that struck me the most, was how quickly we were able to produce an intricate piece of art we could all be proud of. Personally, I found the process of creating the designs and printing the papers very therapeutic and exciting. Certainly a great stress buster. Thank you again. Best wishes ”
Janet Sheffield
“Hello Sarah, Thank you for a very pleasant and informative day yesterday. It was really nice to try something new and get a good result without any pressure. As everyone agreed, even if you made a mistake it didn't matter. Teaching was excellent and enabled the students to experiment without the worry of getting anything wrong. Materials excellent and plenty of them to use. Best wishes, ”
Ann Downey
“‘….. it was wonderful. Very informative, with a perfect balance of instruction and practical freedom.’”
Ruth Bradley
“I thought the course was well balanced. Clear instructions and plenty of practice. I suppose the most enjoyable aspect was not thinking about anything else for several hours. ”
Alan Lamb