Suminagashi Japanese Marble Paper - These are traditional-style Japanese hand-marbled papers. Suminagashi literally means ink-floating. It refers to the technique of decorating the paper by floating inks in a viscous water solution. The designs are first made by blowing the ink, with the mouth or a straw, across the liquid surface to create a pattern. Once the artist is satisfied with the design, a sheet of paper is carefully placed on top of the ink-covered water and gently removed. In the past only sumi (charcoal-painting) inks were used, but nowadays acrylic inks are used.