Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Art of Suminagashi

Suminagashi (“ink floating” or “flowing ink paper”) is the earliest form of Japanese marbling that originated over a 1,000 years ago. Today I attended the 3-hour suminagashi workshop offered by Candace Thayer-Coe in partnership with CBBAG Lower mainland.

The tools are pretty simple. You need a suminagashi marbling kit, rice paper, brushes, big shallow water containers, a piece of plywood.

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The technique is pretty simple. Holding two brushes filled with two different colours, you dip the tip of the brush on the water surface, one hand after the other. The ink creates a circle that floats on water. And you keep alternating hands, in a continuous motion. It’s very meditative.

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One you’ve done enough circles and the surface is filled with ink, you can either place a piece of paper right away to lift the design.

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Or you could chose to modify the design by:

  • blowing gently on it
  • using a fan

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  • or using a piece of your hair to drag the ink.

The hair technique quickly became our favorite methods and was well worth the ‘hair sacrifice’ and the pain from pulling one’s hair.

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What surprised us the most was how quickly the design would change. We were creating circles until we were satisfied with the design.

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But by the time you came back from getting a sheet of rice paper, the design was completely different.  The circles had expanded to create marbling shapes.

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The transformation was part of the process. We just had to accept it.

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The teacher gave us a frame so we could display our artwork.

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It was a fun afternoon. Considering a marbling kit cost less than $20, I would probably do some again.

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Here are more photos from the class:

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How to make an accordion book with cover tied by a ribbon (tutorial)

Would you like to learn how to make an accordion book with a cover  like this? Then, just follow this simple tutorial. It only takes 15 minutes to make one!

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Material

  • Cardstock (for the cover): 9cm X 17cm
  • Construction paper (for the pages): 9X12 in
  • Ribbon: 1/8mm works well.
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Rulers.

Let’s get started.

 

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1. Position your construction paper like this. Measure and draw a line at 3 inches mark.

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2. Fold the page to the 3 inches mark. You made a first crease.

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3. Fold the page to the 3 inch crease. Your paper now has 2 creases.

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4. Fold the paper in half like this. This is the result.

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5. Fold the bottom to the middle crease. This is the result.

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6. Fold the top to the middle crease. This is the result.

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6. Position your paper like this. Fold the two sides to the middle.

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7. This is the result. Squeeze the paper so the middle crease does a mountain fold. The result should be a “W”.

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8. Here’s another view of the accordion fold you should have now.

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9. Position your paper like this. Draw a thin line (illustrated here by a strip of paper) over three or the four squares in opposite direction. Here, on the first row, we are cutting square 2-4 ; on the second row, we are cutting 1-3.

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10. Cut each line (do not cut the last square!!!). This is the result.

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11. Start folding the book.  If you folded correctly. The book should fold itself.  (Now can you see why they call this a maze book?)

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12. You’ll end up with a square of paper. Hold the middle of the package. If you end up with a “bird” with two flaps like this, you folded correctly. The flaps will be the end paper of your book.

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13. Take your cover (9X17cm). Measure a ribbon 3 times the lenght of the book (3X17cm).

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14. Apply a line of glue in the centr eof the book, lenghtwise. Go to the very edge. Position your book. Glue the top page (this will be your end paper).

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15. Now glue the other flap. Your book is finished!

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16. Tie the ribbon. You are now ready to decorate your book with collage or rubber stamps. For example on how to decorate your book see this blog post:

Sakura Days Japan Fair Bookmaking workshop.

Bookmaking workshop at Sakura Days Japan Fair

On April 11 and April 12, 2015, between 2-3pm, I gave a bookmaking workshop at Sakura Days Japan Fair, as part of the activities in the Leith Wheeler Haiku House. The event took place in the glasshouse of the Van Dusen Garden.


 I showed about 30 people each day how to make a maze book with a cover tied by a ribbon. Then, participants decorated their book with collage using Japanese paper and rubber stamps. It was so much fun!

Missed the class? Here’s a tutorial.

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Japanese rubber stamps

When someone offers to loan you their Japanese rubber stamps collection, you say: “Yes, ma’am. Thank you, Ma’am” and you stamp, stamp, stamp away! You can’t believe your luck.

These lovely stamps were loaned to me by haiku poet and book artist Terry Ann Carter for the upcoming haiku and bookmaking workshop at Kerrisdale community centre.

I created these lovely images we’ll be able to use a the workshop (it will be handy to have pre-decorated pieces of paper in case we are short on time).

In the process, I accidentally stamped the tip of my index. A cute little face was printed on my fingertip. Check this out:

The face belonged to the geisha stamp. This one:

I think people at the workshop will have lots of fun using these stamps.

I know I did.

At the Sunday April 26 workshop, we’ll learn about haiku, then we’ll create a small notebook to write haiku poems. The workshop is free, but you might want to reserve your seat on the VCBF website.