Suminagashi: The Art of Japanese Marbling
Taught by Linh My Truong

*Virtual workshop*

The Japanese art of marbling, suminigashi, translates to “floating ink.” Ink brushes dipped in water create hypnotic, swirling patters, reminiscent of natural phenomena from the grain in wood to the cosmos. Throughout this virtual workshop you will learn how to use a variety of tools and substances to manipulate the ink, creating patters that can be monoprinted on paper. By the end of this workshop you will have the confidence to continue marbling on your own.

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DATE Mon, July 26th

TIME 5:00 pm–8:00 pm EST

COST $75


Linh My Truong is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working with textiles, video, and electronics. Through her exploration of the Japanese marbling art of suminagashi and her penchant for hard geometric forms, her work finds a place between chaos theory and an ordered universe. Her application of technology uses light to create immersive art installations, bringing traditional art forms into the 21st century. She has taught textile workshops at Textile Arts Center, Japan Society, and other arts education centers.

Supply List 

Students are responsible for the following supplies 

  • Marbling vat at least ½” deep (any tray would work as long as it’s not also used for food; you can buy a disposable aluminum roasting tray)

  • Sumi brushes (At least two brushes, more for colors; any size will do)

  • Boku-Undo suminagashi kit with six colors

  • Kodak Photo-Flo or Golden Wetting Agent

  • Construction paper for practice

  • Paper for printing that is absorbent and strong enough to submerge in water (Here are ones I use: Japanese paper – Daitoshi Ex-Thick Paper, Kozo #8, Okawara, Goyu, Western paper – Rives Lightweight, Rives BFK)

  • Dish soap

  • Jars for ink or paint palette

  • Eyedropper

  • Paperclip or pin

  • Drying rack

  • Strips of newspaper 2” wide for clearing vats

  • Nearby water source

  • Aluminum sulfate or potassium aluminum sulfate for mordanting paper (optional)

  • Oil, isopropyl alcohol, varnish (optional)

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.