A recently mini obsession around here has been suminagashi, or Japanese marbling.
I originally organized to do this with some friends, but knew my kids would love it too. We had done the shaving cream and paint marbling in the past, but this is even more fun!
Basically, what you are doing is putting drops of ink onto the surface of the water and then manipulating it by pulling a toothpick through, blowing on it or gently tapping the tub.
After you have a design you like, you set your paper onto the surface of the water and like magic all the dye is transferred.
I bought the ink online(link below) and a stack of dish tubs from the dollar store. I also ordered some special rice paper but as it did not arrive in time, we used plain old computer paper and it worked perfectly (watercolor paper and card stock were NOT good paper options).
Kids are amazing at this! In fact, I think I liked my kids' designs even more than my friends' designs (shhh!). They were so unrestrained with color and really swirled the water around. My 6 year old was so good he even gave his Grandma a lessons while she babysat him.
So, what to do with all this paper? We have been making it into little books and journals, doing origami, covering the inside flap of books, making paper garlands, writing letters on it and more.
Just having a stack of it available in your art area is wonderful.
And this would be a perfect gift for any art minded kid!
Have you suminagashi-ed before?
This is the kit I used and I was very happy with it. We marbled well over a hundred sheets and I still have tons of ink left!