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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“I found the tuition useful- you gave just enough information so that my imagination was able to flow. You didn't hinder my creative process but rather gave just enough technique to begin my relationship with water printing. You spoke about the Japanese idea of 'less is more' and this invoked in me an absorbing inquiry into mindfulness, the breath and the experience of 'flow' that can easily be achieved through Suminagashi. I enjoyed the feeling of working with water and ink, noticing the responses through movement and non-action and how each print reflects the given moment. It was fascinating and absorbing. ”
Peta Piper
“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
“What can I say about Sarah, our tutor, other than lovely, generous, patient, calm – just a fabulous teacher. ”
Jo Gadsby
“A day of discovery and delight, the Suminagashi workshop was engrossing, intoxicating and uplifting on so many levels… ”
Jane Pickett