Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

Suminagashi: Marbleized Painting

Suminagashi is a Japanese art where you create your art on water first and transfer it to paper. It is beautiful and very relaxing to do. My kids loved it!

3 - 9
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. baking sheet (2)
  2. water
  3. paper
  4. marbling paints
  5. skewers
  1. We found these marbling paints at our local art store. (I'm curious if liquid watercolors would work for this. The consistency is very similar. If you try it, let us know!)

  2. First we added water to two trays. I think baking sheets would work best because you want a very shallow layer of water, about 1/2 inch deep.

  3. When we started to add drops of color to the water it was very magical. The colors swirling together were beautiful.

  4. Next, we used the skewer to swirl the paint sitting on the surface of the water. Don't mix too much or it just becomes brown water. You have to work fast while the paint is sitting on top.

  5. A piece of paper pressed gently on the top of the water catches the marbleized paints.

  6. What was on the water is now on the paper! Very cool.

  7. Another dip in the clean water tray.

  8. We laid them all out to dry while we continued this for quite some time. I think my daughter would have made this until the supplies were all gone!