Post by Saionji Shonagon on Jun 9, 2013 23:00:48 GMT -5
I stumbled across a copy of Anne Chambers' Suminagashi: The Japanese Art of Marbling : A Practical Guide in a used bookstore several weeks ago. I'd never heard of suminagashi before, but as soon as I started thumbing through the book, I realized where I'd seen it: on various late Heian manuscripts. (Wikipedia image, Two pages of the collected poems of Ōshikōchi Mitsune (859?-925?) . 20cm height, 32cm wide. Silver, Gold, Colour, and ink on ornamented paper. One of the Collection of the works of thirty six master poets in the NISHI-HONGANJI, Kyoto. about CE1100, Most luxurious illuminated manuscript books survived from ancient Japan.Page from upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/36poets_collection_MITSUNE1.JPG )
This nice little book includes some great color plates of period papers decorated with suminagashi as well as works by modern artisans, plus excellent information on how to do it yourself. So useful is the how-to information that I picked up a bunch of cheap watercolor brushes, some plastic document boxes, cheap calligraphy paper and ink and taught a class on it yesterday at our Kingdom A&S Tourney.
The cheap practice paper turned out to be a bit too delicate for the job, wanting to disintegrate upon contact with water. We managed to get some interesting results, nonetheless. and I am kicking myself that I didn't take photos of the papers my students produced.
However, I am planning on testing some other art papers I have in the house and want to offer a suminagashi class at An Tir/West War over the 4th of July holiday in Gold Beach, OR. (I'm also thinking of doing some note paper or bookmarks for the kingdom largesse baskets!)
Ei. Wa. Chi. (Honor. Harmony. Knowledge.) - Some guy I know.
Life is short. Eat dessert first. - Fujimaki Tosaburou Hidetora
What would Sei Shonagon do? Chronicle all your shortcomings for posterity.