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The art of paper marbling has been around for a long time. You sometimes see the covers of books or stationery decorated using this technique. On Make: Projects, Marcia Friedman shows how to create Japanese sumi ink marbling, a particular style of marbling which produces beautiful swirling patterns of black, white, and gray.

Suminagashi images from Flickr user juni xu

In the video below, a marbling artist demonstrates a more premeditated design by painting on water and then carefully laying down paper over it.

How-to: Japanese Sumi Ink Marbling

Watch Dale Dougherty right now to learn more about marbling paper, live on Maker Camp! (12pm PST)

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


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  1. Thamalek says:

    GPO (Government Printing Office) in Washington DC still uses paper marbling and edge marbling for certain heirloom projects. they have some amazing videos in thier youtube channel. specifically http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiDPY3wprkQ&list=UUR4mVtuCP3AJWgSofFCydag&index=5&feature=plcp

    1. Laura Cochrane says:

      That is a really interesting video, thanks!

      “Marbling dates back centuries. Accountants used it to make sure nobody ripped pages out of their financial records.”

  2. tunc says:

    Thats art of EBRU. Its well known art in Turkey, and middle east i guess. If you google it (Art of Ebru) find very useful staff

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