Sunday, May 15, 2011

suminagashi - the ancient art of Japanese marbling


Saturday I was introduced to suminagashi at the Arts For All Festival.  There were four of us from the Museum sitting in the children’s art tent, and the kids were so excited about the marbling.  Much more than making a folded book with me!  Can’t blame them - it was real neat!

Here’s what we did: 
1) put a layer of shaving cream on a flat surface (plexiglass works well) and let the children squeeze drops of food coloring onto the cream.  We used four different colors.

2) use a toothpick to swirl the colors around into a nice design.  Don’t use too much coloring, or you’ll get a dark “blob.”  

3) take an 4” x 6” index card and lightly place it on the shaving cream.  When you remove the card, some of the colorful cream gets picked up off the glass. 

4) wipe the foam off the paper with a putty knife.  One clean swipe and the colors stay behind.

Here’s a video from scrapdeworld on YouTube, if you want to see how it works.



Hope you try it.  All the ingredients are readily available.

8 comments:

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

this is a very cool technique, I have used it in card making....same principle on a paper plate and lay paper in it for the swirly look.....thanks for sharing...hope your week is awesome!

enjoy *~*

randomcreative said...

That's awesome, Deb! So much fun. I'm going to link this post to my preschool painting ideas hub.

Splendid Little Stars said...

I've done that before and it's lots of fun!

Erika said...

This looks like a lot of fun with great results!

Della said...

I'm going to have to try this! It reminds me of a picture we made in 1st grade where we put paint in paper, laid a long piece of butchers twine all swirled and circular like, folded it in half, and then you pull the string out. It makes a neat "painting".

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I remember doing this as a child! Lots of fun :)

Jenny said...

Very cool! The grands will love this!

Diane Fergurson said...

Great piece Deb! There is also a similar method I use to use with kids using liquid starch and watered down acrylic paint. Your results were really nice!

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