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Learn suminagashi

2024 Workshops

Monday, April 22nd in Ludlow

Sunday May 12th in Hay-on-Wye

Sunday June 23rd in Hay-on-Wye - held outside!

Sunday, August 18th near Kington - FULL

Saturday, September 7th near Kington (2 spaces left)

The art of suminagashi, the Japanese form of paper marbling, is both compelling and intriguing. It dates back to the Heian period of Japan (794-1185) and is the precursor of all other marbling techniques.

The workshop starts at 10 a.m. with coffee and a look at

the history of suminagashi and what you need to get started. There will be demonstrations

and plenty of opportunities to unleash your creativity and to ask questions! The aim is to help you acquire the necessary skills to create your own designs at home with an understanding of the materials, tools and process. Take home many sheets of paper covered in suminagashi for use in bookbinding

and other paper arts. No previous art training is needed, just bring your curiosity!

Each course runs from 10am till 3pm. Maximum of 6 participants.

The cost is £95 to include all materials and tuition plus refreshments.

To book a place,  please email me;


The venues:

In Ludlow, appleTeme is a lovely old maltings close to the centre of the town.

At Hay-on-Wye, we are at the lovely converted chapel that is The Globe.

Birches Farm is a heavenly nature reserve where we will marble in the small barn, a couple of miles from Kington.

This is a short video about a workshop I ran in Bristol in 2022.


Some kind words from workshop attendees.

Hello Sarah, Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable day, meeting up with like minded people and learning a new skill. The thing that struck me the most, was how quickly we were able to produce an intricate piece of art we could all be proud of. Personally, I found the process of creating the designs and printing the papers very therapeutic and exciting. Certainly a great stress buster. Thank you again. Best wishes   


'What can I say about Sarah, our tutor, other than lovely, generous, patient, calm – just a fabulous teacher.'     Jo

'... it was wonderful. Very informative, with a perfect balance

of instruction and practical freedom'

Ruth (Rugby)

'A day of discovery and delight'

Jane  (Bishops Castle)

I found the tuition useful- you gave just enough information so that my imagination was able to flow. You didn't hinder my creative process but rather gave just enough technique to begin my relationship with water printing. You spoke about the Japanese idea of 'less is more' and this invoked in me an absorbing inquiry into mindfulness, the breath and the experience of 'flow' that can easily be achieved through Suminagashi.

Peta (Bishops Castle)


Sarah has thought of everything to enable you to learn and enjoy this magical process, a brilliant workshop!

Sophie (Bristol)

 If you are interested in coming along to one of my future

courses, do contact me and I will add you to my mailing list.

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