Suminagashi

When we went to the Portland Maker’s Faire a while back, both Dave and I were reminded of how cool marbling can be. We’d seen it, of course — on paper, fabric, even electric guitars — but had never experimented with it ourselves.

But the internet is a wonderful thing. It took only a little research to narrow in on a very simple form of marbling, suminagashi, which could be done by spreading ink on plain water. Many of the marbling techniques require a specific fluid layer as the base, which, while not too difficult, would make it harder to just pull the marbling project out whenever we liked.

As it turns out, the ease of use is particularly important to us, because Ryan loves doing marbling. I honestly don’t know why. He isn’t big on painting and can only rarely be induced to draw, and then only for a short time. But suminagashi? He’ll gladly fill the kitchen with marbled sheets of paper. Maybe it’s the “playing in water” aspect to it.

I love doing it too, but I have to sort of sneak the materials into the kitchen while he’s distracted. Otherwise he’ll be there at my side, bumping the table, trying to help, or simply demanding his turn.

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2 Responses to “Suminagashi”

  1. Marbling | Ilex Quilts Says:

    […] Suminagashi is still good fun, but I’ve been feeling a lack in my life. This lack can best be summed up with the phrase “marbling on fabric.” I have nothing against paper — dead useful stuff, that — but can you sew with it? Not very easily. […]

  2. The End Of Year Revels | Ilex Quilts Says:

    […] mostly centered around the younger kids, and they both got in a bunch of runs. Meanwhile I set up a suminigashi station in another area. At first business was slow, but as people got their fill of the obstacle […]


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