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What is suminagash? About floating inkwells of

In distant youth I watched the Japanese movie “Legend of Narayam“. Japanese are able to shoot film, but and entertaining you will not call them lightweight, so movies are naturalistic, so touch soul.

my interest in Japan was not gone over the years - opposite, there was a wish to learn about it even more. What the country is? Whatever page of its history turned, riddles disappeared less.

... Cardboard circles in a fan of a multi-colored loop, forming amazingly unique patterns are slowly turned in water. The equipment of a suminagasha is unique. It was called with an ulterior motive “floating inkwells“.

One of the most ancient types of the Japanese painting received a second wind and again wins the world. Now the fabrics painted in this equipment are very popular. And in our country are carried out the master - classes on drawing in equipment of a suminagasha.

History of marble paper, and the technician of a suminagasha was originally created for creation of marble paper, has very ancient roots. In the 12th century the drawings created by water and ink represented top of the Japanese school of painting. Members of the Japanese Royal Court used works of masters of a suminagasha.

Art of creation of marble painting on paper in the 17th century extended across all Europe. However very few people assumed that masters of this equipment will reluctantly share the knowledge. Various formulas and methods of a mramornost became the protected secret.

But demand for this paper increased, marble guilds at which there were also schools for training in this equipment were created. In England bookbinders were not familiar with methods of creation of a mramornost and were forced to import paper from Holland or Germany. The tax on paper was not small, and such sophisticated methods of leaving from a tax as record it under the guise of wrapping packing for toys were used.

In what a suminagasha secret? In patience. The artist needed really the patience of job to receive a masterpiece as only one of a set of attempts to reproduce on water the necessary plot yields desired result. It seems, at an uninitiated look of the technician it is simple, but paradox: everything that it seems simple to the Japanese, - for the European the closed door for a family the press.

a drawing Technique in equipment of a suminagasha

fall small circles from a cardboard To the container with water, then on them gradually add insoluble in in water ink. These circles detain ink drops, without allowing it to fall down by a bottom. Turns of circles carry on water multi-colored loops, forming patterns of different forms and the sizes.

Cardboard easy circles move freely as a result of the air movement, but can be also set in motion by means of the improvised tool - a brush, it is possible “to agitate them a hand“ or to blow on water that the ripples were formed.

Patterns in that case turn out more twirled, intricate plots are created. Drawing finds the unique look. But to receive this masterpiece, the artist needs to transfer it to paper or fabric in time.

For this purpose material should be dipped into water, without immersing it completely, and at once to get. Here in it is that the moment and the main skill of the artist consists: one incorrect movement - and work goes to nothing, the pattern is broken.

Skill is in that with an accuracy to print a pattern on paper. But happens that at a mistake even more interesting result turns out. And old stuff is peddled as a result of a miscalculation.

The works performed in equipment of a suminagasha in Japan can be met in interiors of apartments, in design of the well-known Japanese blades, on fabrics and gift packages, in registration of books and albums.