Suminagashi (Marbling Paper with Ink and Water)

I was so excited about my recycled paper factory that I decided to use is again. This time I used the tray that holds the paper pulp and water mixture to make suminagashi. I just filled the tray with water and after a little experimenting with pigments that I had on hand I was making marbled paper.suminagashi 1I had some walnut ink on hand, but the effect was too light. I found that watercolors worked perfect. India ink also works well, I just didn’t have any handy. I did experiment with several colors, I decided that I like the high contrast of the black.suminagashi 2This technique is super easy, just load one brush will water color and touch it to the surface of the water, then touch the surface of the water with a clean, wet brush in the center of the color to make the rings. The color can be swirled with a brush, blown with a straw, or left how it dropped. The paper is then laid onto the surface of the water and the print is made! I used basic printer paper, but almost any type of paper will work as long as it doesn’t have a glossy surface. Basically this is mono-printing on water. Rinse off excess pigment and hang to dry.suminagashi 3A resist can be made by painting shapes on the paper with plain water before making the print. I was able to get some interesting results, I like the effect, but the shapes aren’t perfect.

suminagashi 4

This was a fun and quick technique that gives great results without investing a lot in materials and yields some unique papers for other projects.

I also wanted to share pictures of the finished paper.paper recycling factory 6

I love how they turned out and since I stuck them on the counter to dry one side is super smooth and the other side has that traditional handmade paper texture. Expect to see more handmade paper and other crafts made with the paper recycling factory soon!


Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Ooh, I just made paper and I have yet to post about it! You've inspired me :-) I love the end products!

blueditty said...

Very nice. I love to keep up with what other marblers come up with.

Tiffany (aka: mieljolie, newbiehere) said...

You've just got me thinking. Would regular stick pen ink be too thick for marbling? We always have a stock of pens in various colors that get clogged or air bubbles and won't write anymore. The ink can be blown out of the pen and perhaps diluted. The emptied pen shaft itself could be used as a straw to blow the design around.

I'd love to try this idea. If I do, I will let you know my results. :)

Thanks for sharing.


crafterella said...

Mieljolie, I don't know if that would work, I guess if it was water based and could be thinned out...you could, I'd love to see you results :-)

shawna said...

Do you think this marbling effect would work on large feathers? I have been trying to figure out how to make the paint or ink deposit on feathers/quills for a while now to no avail with a washed out look.

Any pointer?

Crafterella said...

Shawna, I'm not sure if it would work. I think you could test both the watercolor and ink on any feather and see if it sticks. I believe that feathers are coated with oil so that they are waterproof, if you remove that oil paints and inks might stick, but it could change the appearance of the feathers.