An ancient art – Suminagashi

Suminagashi Worskshop at Lakeshore Art Supplies, Sheboygan, WI
Suminagashi Worskshop at Lakeshore Art Supplies, Sheboygan, WI

Last night I engaged in a Suminagashi Worskshop with Erika Block at Lakeshore Art Supplies in Sheboygan, WI.   Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese art. It involves floating a type of ink on the surface of water and then transferring the design to paper.  The images above are a few of the pieces I made.

Here is a wonderful example of this ancient art. 

The above image, dated circa 1100 CE, is from a copy of the Sanjurokunin Kashu or “Thirty-Six Immortal Poets” kept in the Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto. This multi-volume manuscript, which contains the oldest examples of marbled paper known today, was presented to the Emperor Shirakawa on his sixtieth birthday in 1112 C.E. (Narita, 14 and Chambers, 13–16).  This image is a Public Domain image. For more information about this image, please click on the link below.

If you’d like to know more about the process of Suminagashi, here is a great article about the process, as published in the Feb/March 2000 issue of International Artist Magazine:

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