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Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Melissa Allen
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Suminagashi is a Japanese art where you create your art on water first and transfer it to paper. It is beautiful and very relaxing to do. My kids loved it!

How We Did It

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

We found these marbling paints at our local art store. (I'm curious if liquid watercolors would work for this. The consistency is very similar. If you try it, let us know!)

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

First we added water to two trays. I think baking sheets would work best because you want a very shallow layer of water, about 1/2 inch deep.

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

When we started to add drops of color to the water it was very magical. The colors swirling together were beautiful.

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

Next, we used the skewer to swirl the paint sitting on the surface of the water. Don't mix too much or it just becomes brown water. You have to work fast while the paint is sitting on top.

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting
A piece of paper pressed gently on the top of the water catches the marbleized paints.
Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

What was on the water is now on the paper! Very cool.

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting
Another dip in the clean water tray.
Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting
We laid them all out to dry while we continued this for quite some time. I think my daughter would have made this until the supplies were all gone!

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Would this also work with fabrics?

posted by: Jamie on 7.17.2013

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Hi Jamie, I'm not sure how permanent the ink would be. I tried to look on the paints to see if they said anything about fabric, but the instructions are in Japanese. I guess you could try and use fabric dyes in a similar way to marble fabric. Let me know what you try. Sounds like you have something cool in mind!

posted by: Melissa on 7.18.2013

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