This workshop was part of an arts and wellness series offered for free to the community during mental health awareness month. The objective was to introduce participants to the use of art as a means of coping with stress and anxiety. We worked with paper marbling, a process that is accessible, playful and relaxing.
- suminagashi ink
- tray of water, about 2 inches deep
- copy paper
- small paint brushes
- paper towels
- Fill tray with 2-3 inches of water
- Put ink onto palette
- Use a small paint brush to apply ink to the surface of water. Touch the surface of the water as gently as possible. The goal is to have ink rest on the surface of the water, not sink below it.
- Apply ink in concentric circles, dots, patterns, etc. Tap the try to move ink. Colors will not mix on the surface.
- Apply paper to the surface
- Peel paper from the surface and lay face down on paper towels to absorb excess water