Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling

Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling

Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling

Join artist and maker Robert Mahar in a playful introduction to suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique that creates beautifully muted patterns of color to be transferred onto paper and fabric. Learn best practices for working with these specially formulated floating inks and creative ways to manipulate them on the surface of a water bath. The resulting marbled designs will be captured on a variety of papers and silk handkerchiefs.

All materials provided. Each student will have access to marbling inks, brushes, water pan, paper and silk handkerchiefs. Please wear clothing and shoes that you won’t mind potentially getting splashed with water and (potentially, but unlikely!) stained with ink.
Instructor Bio:
Robert Mahar is a California-based artist, designer, maker and embroidery enthusiast who teaches clever do-it-yourself projects and develops imaginative craft inspired products. He’s also a proud alumni of the inaugural season of NBC’s crafting competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about Robert, explore his video tutorial archive and shop his collection of curious embroidery samplers at robert-mahar.com.