Suminagashi Marbling Workshop

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May 15 & 16, 2021

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.


Online Photography Class Schedule

Day 1: Introduction to paper tearing, set-up, suminagashi marbling supplies, and technique in one and two colors. After Zoom session you can dive into the process on your own.

Day 2: Experimentation with mark-making and over-printing. After Zoom session you can dive into the process on your own.


About Zoom

Zoom is video conferencing software that allows us to video chat and share our screens all using our computer’s built-in video camera and microphone.

Setting up a Zoom account is easy and free. Just got to the Zoom website to create a username and download the software onto your computer (not your phone). 

Never used Zoom? Check out their support page for How to Join a Zoom Meeting.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.


Instructor Bio

Solange RoberdeauSolange Roberdeau (b. 1982, Albion, CA) lives and works in Northern California. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2012, and holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Her solo exhibition, “Beyond Latitude” is on view at Municipal Bonds Gallery, San Francisco, CA and he is included in the current exhibition, “Contemporary Art Taos/2020,” at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM. She has shown at Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY; the International Print Center, Manhattan, NY; Revolt Gallery, Taos, NM; Arcade Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; the Institute Library, New Haven, CT; Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and Cobalt Gallery, Mendocino, CA. She has received Artist in Residence fellowships from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT, and Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain.

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Saturday, Sunday
May 15 & 16, 2021


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Who Should Take This Course

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

Course Tuition 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 photographs, and/or artwork (printed on Kozo) for marbling (required)
  • Traditional Japanese fine art papers for experimentation (optional)
  • 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