For those of you who remember the original Suminagashi brushes, which I made available on a previous website, these comprised of two brush categories; 1 Suminagashi and Distortonagashi. I have now amalgamated these into a single brush category, incorporating a few tweaks and additions to the variants. The new library is named Suminagashi 2, and is intended to replace the original Suminagashi library.
There are no restrictions on use, other than the resources are not to be offered for sale or redistributed without my prior consent.
Note that these variants will only apply media directly on the canvas, or non-transparent regions of a default layer (i.e. one previously filled with white for example). Variants with a Z prefix in their name do not apply any colour of their own, but have a distorting effect on the underlying pixels.
The Traditional Suminagashi Technique
Traditional Suminagashi is a marbling technique that originated in Japan more than 800 years ago, involving the process of marbling plain paper, transforming it into something vibrant and colourful. The term translates literally as ‘ink-floating’. In the following YouTube video, artist, print maker and teacher Rebecca Ramos demonstrates this technique.
Whilst my Corel Painter Suminagashi variants cannot replicate the fluid movement dynamics of the traditional ink media over the surface of the water (although there are several distortion variants included in the library), they can portray a ‘Suminagashi inspired style’, incorporating their own unique brush stroke properties and appearance.
Traditional Turkish Ebru
A related style of paper marbling known as ebru is also popular in Turkey, with the term appearing in the late 19th century. The above video demonstrates the ebru technique.