Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Suminagashi Dyeing - part 1

Lorre H. demonstrates the technique of adding
ink to the tray of water
June 2017
Sue and I took advantage of a Suminagashi class (also known as Japanese Marbling) last week at the Lander Art Center. It was a lot of fun and resulted in some interesting results.

adding layers of color on top of the water
The marbling ink is placed on top of the water in layers. The layers can carefully be manipulated to create swirls or pools of color.

ink floating on top of the water
fabric placed on top of the ink-covered water
dyed fabric after rinsing and pressing
The colors were quite vivid when they were wet, but once dried and pressed, they became muted.

my collection of suminagashi dyed fabric squares
June 2017
Others in the class were more artistic with their squares.

rinsed dyed fabric squares 
completed squares
large panel of dyed fabric
Of all the fabric that was dyed that evening, this piece was by far my favorite. More photos tomorrow. . .


  1. Oh, my! How interesting to use it on fabric! I did this with acrylic paints and paper a million years ago but never thought of trying it with fabric! Can't wait to see more!

  2. Wow! What fun!! This is so interesting. I love all the different swirls (very 60's - lol). What are you going to do with your squares?

  3. You are inspiring me to take a class. ANY class. Your fabrics came out so pretty!

  4. I think my favorite is the blue/black/yellow on the bottom left. It looks SO Van Gogh!

  5. Those are really beautiful and it looked like a blast. Wish there were similar classes around here. I would sign up in a heart beat.

  6. Great marbles! Is the finished product washable? Ink, yes? Floated on water? I did paper marbling with ink in college. Never thought of doing fabric pieces the same way. Could be fun.

  7. This was so interesting, especially since I think a friend has started doing this type of thing, only on silk scarves. What kind of fabric did you use?


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