Suminagashi Marbling Workshop 2021. Artwork © Solange Roberdeau
Artwork © Solange Roberdeau

Suminagashi Marbling Workshop

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Learn the subtle art of Suminagashi Japanese Marbling in this two-day online art workshop.
with Solange Roberdeau

This 2-day online art workshop has been designed for you to access over Zoom to learn how to do paper marbling at home!

Learn how to do marbling art with your photography in this online suminagashi workshop. Use your own photographs, or traditional fine art papers to experiment with adding this visual texture to your photographic imagery.

The Japanese technique of water marbling or “floating ink” first originated in China, and was then adopted and developed further in Japan. The suminagashi marbling technique is an ancient meditative process that emphasizes mindfulness, slowing down, and the value of imperfection known as wabi sabi.

Visual artist Solange Roberdeau will introduce the main materials such as suminagashi ink and suitable papers such as Japanese Kozo. Next, you’ll learn how to use marbling inks and learn a variety of approaches for creating your own unique suminagashi art prints during each Zoom session. Afterward, you can dive right in and experiment with the process.

Solange will provide a suminagashi materials list of the materials necessary for how to do water marbling, which can be purchased online before the start of the workshop. Basic materials include: Aitoh-Boku-Undo Suminagashi Marbling Ink (the best ink for suminagashi), a bottle of wetting agent, a calligraphy brush, some Kozo paper, and basic mark-making tools such as sticks, feathers, toothpicks, etc.

At the end of the online art workshop, you’ll have experience in wabi sabi for artists, made samples that show each step of the suminagashi paper marbling technique, and of course your own suminagashi art!

Please login to each Zoom each day with your own paper, photographs, and/or artwork ready to experiment with using the suminagashi marbling technique. Your marbling artwork can then be overprinted with photographic imagery with your home printer or used in assemblage, digitally or through alternative photographic processes. This workshop does not include photographic printing.


Instructor Bio


Solange RoberdeauSolange Roberdeau


Solange Roberdeau is a visual artist and art educator whose own work explores perception and seeking out the creative potential in our immediate environments through materials, gesture and response to place. She works primarily in paper, sumi ink and with contemporary gilding in her own studio practice. She received a BFA in Printmaking from RISD and an MFA in Studio Art from MICA. From 2006 to 2012 Solange worked in the studio of the painter Robert Kushner where she specialized in his version of gilding. She has since gone on to give lessons in this technique at venues including Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Center for the Book, Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. She has been the recipient of several artists grants including from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos NM.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and fine art reproduction.



About Zoom


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Saturday, Sunday

November 6 & 7, 2021


Online: Live via Zoom

Who Should Take This Workshop

Anyone ages 18 or older, interested in how to do marbling art with the Suminagashi marbling technique

Pertinent Details

  • Two, 2-hour Video Sessions via Zoom (4 hours total)
  • Maximum fifteen (15) students
  • Ages 18 and older
  • Zoom meeting links will be sent by email

Workshop Fee Includes

  • Material list provided by instructor. Students must order their own materials

Required Materials

  • Your own paper, photographs, and/or artwork for marbling (required)
  • Students must order their own materials (approximately $50 plus shipping if ordered online)
  • A computer with video camera and microphone access (like an iMac or Macbook)
  • Zoom installed on the same computer
  • Working knowledge of Zoom

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