Suminagashi Art with Kids!


Suminagashi marbling is a great summertime activity for kids that takes only a few items to get started.  Suminagashi is a Japanese marbling technique that involves floating inks on water and creating a design which can be transferred to paper, fabric or any porous surface.  



Here's what you need: 

   Suminagashi inks - Boku Undo inks are formulated to float on water - order online

   pan filled with plain water (size can vary)

   two paint brushes (size 4, 5 or 6)

   paint tray or plastic or styrofoam egg cups

   paper towels


Here's what you do:

Find a willing child!  Load brushes with ink and carefully tap the surface of the water with ink. Alternate with one color then another, making concentric circles.  Continue until you have a series of circles or rings on the surface - as many as you want.



 Gently blow on the surface of the water (can use a straw) or use a toothpick to create a design.  



Lay your paper or fabric (cotton or silk) on the surface of the water, and the ink will immediately adhere to the surface.  Lay it on a paper towel to dry.


Anything porous can be marbled, even a pair of tennis shoes!  The tray would have to be deep enough to immerse the shoe (5 inches or so).


Even adults love suminagashi.  Marbled pieces make great cards, framed art or decorations for the refrigerator.  Enjoy!



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