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Suminagashi–Japanese Paper and Fabric Marbling

October 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Join artist and maker Robert Mahar in a playful introduction to suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique that creates beautifully muted patterns of color to be transferred onto paper and fabric. Perfectly suited for beginners, participants will learn best practices for working with these specifically formulated floating inks and creative ways to manipulate them on the surface of a water bath. The resulting marbled designs will be captured on a variety of papers and silk handkerchiefs–and instruction will include discussion of the numerous ways you can incorporate these marbled materials into future projects.

Registration for this class is intentionally limited so that students will have ample room to work. All materials will be provided. Each student will receive, and may take home at the end of class, an individual set of marbling inks, brushes, water pan, a variety of paper and silk handkerchiefs. Please wear clothing and shoes that you won’t mind getting splashed with water and (potentially, but unlikely!) stained with ink.

This class will take place at Monster on Saturday, October 22nd starting at 5:00 PM. The address is 1716 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107.

4 people minimum, 8 maximum. Ages 18+

All attendees will receive 20% off same-day purchases at Monster. Discounts can’t be applied to original art, gift cards, or class tickets.

Robert Mahar is a California-based artist, designer, maker, and embroidery enthusiast who teaches clever do-it-yourself projects and develops imaginative craft-inspired products. He’s a proud alumni of the inaugural season of NBC’s crafting competition show, Making It, with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about Robert, explore his video tutorial archive, and shop his collection of curious embroidery samplers at robert-mahar.com.


Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts
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Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts
5000 20th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 United States
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