writing deserves beautiful paper. One of the oldest and most elegant methods
of decorating paper is
. . .and you can do it yourself !
Marble-like designs are created by floating colored inks on water and transferring them to absorbent paper or fabric. Finished pieces can be framed or used in other crafts like book-binding.
PROCEDURESpread newspaper on the floor near your work table to provide a drying area. Fill the pan with water to about 1-1/2 inches deep. Put 1 tablespoon of ink in one of the wells of your palette and 1 tablespoon of water. Add 2 or 3 drops of Photo-Flo to the ink and to the water. Rinse your brushes in water until they are clean and damp. Skim the surface of the water with a strip of newspaper.
one brush in the ink and one in the "colorless ink" (a
mixture of water and wetting agent). Hold one brush in each hand. Touch
the tip of the ink brush to the surface of the water. A puddle of ink
will form. Touch the colorless brush to the center of the puddle. Repeat
until the surface is covered with rings of ink. While holding the paper
by opposite corners, lay it gently on the water.
to Kay Thomas shown in the photographs for her instructions on
Suminagashi. Kay teaches Sumi-e and Suminagashi throughout the year
at The Suburban Fine Art League and New Trier in the Chicago North Shore
Sources of supply:
P.O. Box 78
Spring Mills, PA 16875
Mail-order source for inks, brushes and wetting agent. Write for price list.
Aiko's Art Materials Import
Offers a complete selection of Japanese art supplies and papers.
All rights reserved and are not to be reproduced without written consent of Kay Thomas.