Suminagashi Marbled Notebook online workshop

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$ 80.00

May 18th, 2021 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: May 18th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: May 25th, 2021 6:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2

This is a two-session online class: Tuesdays May 18 & 25, 2021.

Suminigashi is a relaxing and fun way to marble paper, with little set-up, little clean-up, and yet the results can be stunning. Many types of paper will accept the ink, and consequently it’s a great way to make use of ordinary paper, or to think of fine paper in a new way. There is some flexibility in the dimensions of the finished book, so students may make use of the paper they already have.

Join us for a couple hours in this fun and creative project as we float ink on water, observing the ripples that form, and transfer them to paper as the record of a moment. In the second session, we’ll use some of our paper to make a simple binding for a blank book you can use.

Please note: You must purchase the supplies listed below, allowing enough time before the class for the supplies to be shipped to you. If you do not use the recommended supplies, you will have a frustrating time in the class, and will not likely get too much out of the experience. Please feel free to contact the instructor if you have concerns or questions about materials you already have that you think might work.

Materials to Bring: 

• Photo tray (should have 1” deep sides, and should provide 1” of space around all sides of your largest sheet of paper, like this one for example).
It is important to use a new/clean tray for marbling. Even a "clean" baking pan will retain oils that will cause problems.
• Suminagashi ink: Boku Undo set of 6 colors from Dick Blick or from Colophon Book Arts
• Surfactant from Colophon Book Arts or substitute Eco Nuts
(If using Eco Nuts, contact the instructor for how to prepare the Eco Nuts; this must be done at least 24 hours in advance of the class.)
• Chinese calligraphy brushes (2-4) from Dick Blick or Colophon Book Arts
• Small dishes for ink and surfactant (2-4)
• Paper for marbling
Many types of paper will work for this. This is an ideal project for those who have a large paper stash. I have successfully marbled on office paper, I’ve gotten great results from sekishu and kozo washi, less so from what is marketed as “rice paper”. Heavy watercolor papers often do not work too well either, but most text weight papers and kozo washi work great.

Materials and tools for Account Ledger Binding:
• Text paper for the inside of the notebook (Again, use what’s in your stash, or use office paper. Please contact the instructor for guidance if needed)
• Wheat paste or PVA/Methylcellulose mix adhesive
• Binding thread (25/3 or 18/3 linen thread is most appropriate)(or fun colored threads available here)
• Typical bench tools: Bone folder, awl or pin vise, needle, ruler or straight edge, snap-off Olfa knife, scissors, paste brush

Recommendation: Purchase tray, Boko Undo set, and brushes at Blick; use with Eco Nuts detergent
Purchase Boko Undo set, Surfactant, and brushes from Colophon and source a tray from a photo supplier such as B&H.

Workshop Fee: $80

Date & Time: Tuesdays May 18 & 25, 2021 :: 4-6pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

SFCB online workshops are recorded; all registered students will have access to the videos for a limited time.

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About the Instructor | Juliayn Coleman

Juliayn Coleman has been a professional bookbinder since her graduation from the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program in 2003. Her private practice encompasses all levels of book repair and conservation, custom portfolio and enclosure making, teaching, and being a good ambassador for the craft of bookbinding in general. Some of her creative and professional projects can be seen at

Past Student Reviews:

“I will take any and all classes taught by Juliayn.”

“This class made me a smarter amateur bookbinder.”

 “Friendly, warm, helpful, great sense of humor, encouraging, turned mistakes into learning experiences.”

$ 80.00
Online via Zoom
United States