Monday, April 19, 2010

Sumingashi

I love these next photos. They show Janice doing a beautiful job of laying ink on the surface of the water. One of her brushes has sumi ink on it. The other, a mixture of water and PhotoFlow, which is used to keep water spots off of photographs that are being printed in a traditional darkroom setting. In this particular use, it causes the ink to disperse, opening up a clean area of water that is ready for the next dot of sumi ink. Very interesting process to watch! Janice then laid a piece of very thin rice paper down onto the surface of the water and came up with the gorgeous sheet you see on the right. Janice had done suminagashi before, so she came prepared with a dowel rod that is used for lifting the very thin sheets of paper off of the water.



2 comments:

Lisa Holtzman said...

Very neat to see steps in doing the sumingashi, thanks for sharing the technique Julie!

WildmanDesigns said...

You're welcome, Lisa. It was so much fun!