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 weekend workshop via Zoom.
with Solange Roberdeau

This 2-day online photography class has been designed for you to access from the comfort of your own home over Zoom!


Learn how to do marbling art with your photography in this online suminagashi marbling workshop. Use your own photographs (printed on Kozo), or experiment with traditional Japanese fine art papers to add 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.


Visual artist Solange Roberdeau will introduce the main materials such as suminagashi marbling inks 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 marbling art prints during each Zoom session. Afterward, you can dive right in and experiment with the process.


Solange will provide a material list of the materials necessary for how to do suminagashi marbling, which can be purchased online before the start of the workshop. Basic materials include: Aitoh-Boku-Undo Suminagashi Marbling Ink, 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 workshop, you’ll have made samples of your own for future use that show each step of the technique. And of course your own suminagashi marbling art!


Please have your own photographs and/or artwork printed on Kozo paper ready for marbling.


The Image Flow will offer a student discount of 50% for two (2) 11×14 or smaller prints on Kozo paper for use in this workshop if desired (shipping not included or discounted).


Image files need to be sent to The Image Flow no later than May 5 (hard deadline) to guarantee prints will be ready for the workshop.


Instructor Bio


Solange RoberdeauSolange Roberdeau


Solange 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 studio rentals.



About Zoom


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Saturday & Sunday

May 15 & 16, 2021


Online / Zoom

Who Should Take This Workshop

Anyone interested in the Suminagashi marbling technique

Pertinent Details

  • Two, 2-hour Video Sessions via Zoom (4 hours total)
  • Maximum fifteen (15) students
  • Ages 18 and older
  • Students must order their own materials (approximately $50 plus shipping if ordered online)
  • Material list provided by instructor
  • Zoom meeting links will be sent by email

Workshop Fee Includes

  • 50% discount on two (2) 11×14 prints or smaller for use in this workshop if desired. Hard deadline of May 5. Shipping not included or discounted

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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