Suminagashi Marbling

suminagashi marbling
suminagashi marbling
A complete Suminagashi marbling piece. Brown, light blue, and yellow shapes swirl within each other.
suminagashi marbling
suminagashi marbling

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on February 15, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

  • Thursday, February 15, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on February 8th, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual workshop is taught by CBA instructor Sheryl Oppenheim

Suminagashi (translation: spilled or floating ink) is a style of marbling that originated in Japan by the year 1100. It is the oldest form of marbling and is just done with water and ink!

Participants will learn about the history of suminagashi marbling and look at examples of work by contemporary artists and practitioners. After learning about the necessary materials and how to prepare them, you will learn a variety of techniques as you practice suminagashi, experimenting with different paper and methods. Participants will come away with multiple sheets of their own marbled paper as well as a newfound knowledge of the suminagashi technique.

No previous experience required!


Required Materials:

This class requires a variety of specialty materials. Click here to view the complete list.

Please contact if you are having difficulty sourcing your materials for this workshop.

About Sheryl Oppenheim

Sheryl Oppenheim was born in 1983 and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is a painter, paper marbler, and maker of illegible books, an idea she first became interested in after seeing the work of Bruno Munari, and through her proximity to books, bookbinders, and marbled paper at her first job in New York, at a bookbinding supply house. She began marbling paper in 2011 and began learning Suminagashi in 2016. Her artist books and prints are included in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has participated in recent exhibitions at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Sadie Halie Projects, Deanna Evans Projects, International Print Center New York, Small Editions, and the Cranbrook Museum of Art. Oppenheim received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. She lives and works in New York City.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future. Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be viewable for up to 30 days after the class.

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