Suminagashi Paper Marbling & Intro to Bookbinding w/ Melanie Brauner

Date/Time: Sat-Sun / Feb 3-4, 2018 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $250 + $25 supply fee. Cash, checks made out to artist.

Registration:  Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

Learn the beautiful art of Japanese paper marbling, a technique called suminagashi. On the first day, you’ll learn to mix inks, float them on a water bath, create patterns and swirls and even simple imagery, and then transfer the ink to paper or fabric.

On the second day, after our papers are dry, we’ll make saddle-stitch notebooks using colorful Irish linen threads and our handmade marbled sheets for covers. Perfect for your own use, or for giving as a gift to a special friend or loved one.

The $25 supply fee covers all the materials for bookbinding day: paper for the inside pages of our books, additional handmade and decorated papers to decorate books with, bookcloth, bookboard, archival glue, positionable mounting adhesive, Irish linen thread for sewing, wax, glue brushes, and so on.

Come dressed to get inky and messy and have a great time!

Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

For Marbling:

  • 1 clear or white plastic tray, at least 12” x 18” and 1” or more deep Suminagashi Marbling Inks (preferred by instructor: Boku Undo Marbling set of six 12 ml bottles)
  • A few old bath towels and hand towels
  • Palette with wells, or some small cups for ink mixing
  • Several very small brushes
  • A tool with a point, like a bamboo skewer, an awl, or a sewing pin.


  • Apron & Gloves
  • White and/or light-colored papers (any weight will work).

Optional materials to experiment with: white or light-colored fabric in a natural fiber like cotton or linen, leather, pieces of wood or veneer. Any absorbent material with a light-colored surface will usually marble.

 For Bookbinding:

  • All tools and materials will be supplied by the instructor:
  • Olfa blade or Exacto knife
  • Ceramicist’s awl
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Metal ruler

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.