Suminagashi; Japanese paper marbling

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

Course Overview

Starting at 10 a.m. with coffee and a look at the history of suminagashi and what you need to get started. There will be demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to unleash your creativity and to ask questions! The aim is to help you acquire the necessary skills to create your own designs at home with an understanding of the materials, tools and process. Take home many sheets of paper covered in suminagashi for use in bookbinding and other paper arts.


  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced






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“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. ”
Janet Sheffield
“The venue for the workshop was excellent - everything was nicely to hand. All the materials that could possibly be needed for the workshop were provided by Sarah, whose teaching was brilliant. All the instructions were clear and easily understood. The workshop would be ideal for children as well as adults wishing to learn a new skill. The joy of this workshop was that as a result of the practical skills learnt during the day it will now be possible to carry on producing suminagashi designs at home without going to a major expense. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, with plenty of completed designs to take home for future use with calligraphy, making cards or little books, or just framing by themselves as a unique piece of art - the refreshments provided were very tasty too! Thank you, Sarah. ”
Felicity Burchnall
“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. Teaching was excellent and enabled the students to experiment without the worry of getting anything wrong.”
Ann Downey
“Sarah’s teaching was wonderfully calm and intuitive. Her quiet enthusiasm and wisdom about Suminagashi was very inspiring, showing us that each and every print we made was completely unique, which was enlightening to realise. We learnt a number of techniques quite early on in the workshop, and this gave us the confidence to experiment with different ideas and to embrace our ‘mistakes’ and trust the creative flow.” ”
Liz Pyman
“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