Suminagashi Workshop at Make Santa Fe

Suminagashi Workshop:
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

A meditative practice that translates to “floating ink,” suminagashi is the oldest form of paper marbling and can be traced back to the 12th century in Japan where families guarded its secrets for many generations.

Despite the ancient beginnings, suminagashi is becoming en vogue with a variety of artists including tattooists in recent years. Other applications include stationary, craft works, components for artist books and so much more. Part of the allure of the practice is the connection between the creator, the environment and the finished piece itself. The focus of the artist, the water, and even the air in the room will influence the organic pattern the ink takes on the surface of the water. It is truly a timeless art that is simple to understand but can take years to master.

This workshop is sponsored by Yasutomo, who is providing brushes, paper, and sumi ink as a starting point for a suminagashi practice. Additionally the process needs a tray to hold water and surfactant which will be provided for the workshop. It will be held outside in our courtyard, dress accordingly.

What you’ll learn:

  • Applying the ink to float properly on water
  • Strategies for different patterns
  • Successfully pulling a print
  • Drying techniques

Please Note:
No previous experience is necessary and no special clothing is needed. Details on the Yasutomo supplies provided are: SW2 All-purpose brushes, KF2 Sumi Ink, and HYP500 Shiki-shi Hosho rice paper.

About the Instructor:
Kent Riggs has been actively practicing suminagashi for over a year and is a Yasutomo sponsored artist. You can see more of his work on his website at or at