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Painting On Water!!

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This is a very interesting way to paint wouldn’t you say? At his workstation an artist has in front of him a large tray of water which is surrounded by various jars of different colored paint/ink.

I believe the technique is called Suminagashi as is the ancient Japanese art of painting with inks onto water to create a marbled pattern in a whole manner of swirls, shapes and colors. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution, and then carefully transferred to an clean absorbent surface, such as fabric or paper.

With the right equipment anybody can have a go at this and you can be sure that every painting you do will be different from the last one.

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  1. it looks like a very similar process as swirling paint on a guitar where i believe the water has borax mixed in it and he is using some oil based paint that stays on top of the water like that. swirling a guitar is an amazing looking effect on the body and head of it.

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  2. squidink85 says:

    Why does it have to be explained to you? The design and compositions he creates speak for themselves. If you’re trying to bust out some psuedo-intellectual conversation about the significance of art, then proceed. But I warn you, it will be a waste of your time.

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  3. njaouhari76 says:

    I have the rights to give my opinion, stop this bullying…I was not insulting anyone, are you all protectors of the water painting? I do art for living and I teach in a known university. there is no point of insulting me, and what I do…I did not get personal so please lets be civilized. all I said that this is a non conceptual crafty type of art, donna disagree I’m fine with that.

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  4. would you be able to draw that line through the circles without twitching or disturbing the water? that is not only fine technique, it is art for people that s*** on people that know everything but cannot do anything. people like yourself, masters my a** 😛

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  5. Rawr Do says:

    art is a expression its not about you knowing to be a master its about really who u are and what you wanna do and this guy did painting on water its very cool technique and people who think this is bad Well…. if u like painting you shouldn’t compliment bad things to other people they tried there best and you did too. Don’t think tht your best then everyone even if you are the best :thing: at home or in class Art is a creation you can do anything with its anything is possible!

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  6. Jay71656 says:

    When did he say he knew everything about the world? And he wasn’t trying to be insulting, he left good feedback and did so in a formal, polite manner. And as for his second comment he was simply replying to extremeclay who asked, not so politely, what he was talking about. He simply gave the guy an example of him having masters in painting and stated that this is a craft not a form of fine arts. And do some research before you go commenting stupidity, craft and fine arts are 2 different things.

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  7. think that is not water, there is a technique were you paint on animal(cows) bile(did i called it the right way?) And after you are done, you put paper over it and let it dry. Its very old middle east technique. But maybe I am wrong.

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  8. No, the music is played with ‘Ney’ a Turkish musical instrument. Ppl used melodies to heal (especially patients who have mental problems) once, as it has a relieving effect. It is usually associated with religion.Moreover, in Turkish we say ‘to blow the Ney’ rather than ‘to play the Ney’ because in islam, we believe god blow (from/ a bit of) his soul into humanbeings when creating. We are not a piece of him but we are masterpieces of him.

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  9. Are you saying that its going to be this way forever? That our generation is going to end up exactly the same as the others? That you don’t really feel like being a bigger person to try and change that and to stop all this fighting with reasonable arguments? You can look back at your argument and see a hundred things you could have changed to either win or just plain end it 1000 comments ago.

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  10. Day 432- Still looking for the first comment… think im nearly thereRunning low on food and im loosing my mind, THis journal is the only thing keeping me saneDay 433-I Fell down a couple of comments… tell my family… i love them!

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  11. From my opinion, I think that man is using coloured oil to paint on the water and as you can see, his is not really using a paint brush my some sort of stick with a point on it. Please do not think this is a negative comment, this is just my point of view so CHEERS! `*^.^*`

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  12. Is that seriously your only comeback? Im on my peroid? lmao, so original. To inform you, no, I’m not on my period. And I’m glad that that is so hilarious to you, considering to start off your sentence, you put a “hahah”. It’s really not that funny.

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  13. Excuse me? If I’m correct, I don’t have a place to be put in. I’m 14, and stil have a lot of maturing to do, but by the looks of it, so do you. My parents have done a fantastic job raising me. I haven’t died, or gotten arrested so I think thats pretty damn good. And please, come to my house and slap me, that would be just f****** fantastic. Maybe later we can paint on water, because after all, its not even hard. (:

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  14. At first I was like: “Hhhmmm, interesting.” When he made the flower, I was like: “Oh, that doesn’t seem that hard.” Then it came the part where he covered the water in paper, I was like: “Huh? What is he doing?” Then, when he lifted it and showed the final result, I was like: “WTF?! HOW DID HE DO THAT?!”I guess the blue paint that he sprinkled at the water when he started was the trick for the background. Still I must say, what he did was awesome.

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  15. what was the point of even commenting on this video and trying to look cool? youre just making yourself look like an a****** by saying ‘lmao, its not very hard.’ i would like to see you f****** try and do that good. post a video. i dare you. oh wait, you cant do it.

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  16. satualm says:

    Really, age old practice called ” Paper Marbling “. Nothing surprising, though it takes long time to master the craft and the materials being used are hard to come by such as the surfactant ‘ox gall’ and many others more… So you can only work this at an atelier.

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  17. AWAN0 says:

    in art,different media has different output textures. Each media has it own unique style, and paper cannot resulted what water have. So the artist go on with water to get what water have and, why it end up on paper? Paper eternize the art that water produced :) . IMO

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  18. LeSomeGuy says:

    Or it’s simply pastel powder in water. Pastel powder is lighter than water so it stays on surface.I haven’t seem people lay paper on top like that before, I have only seem them submerge the paper than pull up to let surface tension do its job.

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  19. Dear friends, this is traditional Turkish art ‘Ebru’. in English they call it as ‘Marbling’. The water he is using is a mixture of pure water and the liquid of gum tragacanth (tree). The paints are also natural (roots of different coloured plants). As for the paper, it is ok if it is tear resistant. (pay attention to the music as well 😉 ) enjoy (btw, he is not japanese 😉 )

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  20. You can clearly see that when he uses the tool to alter the shapes of the circles that it does not ripple and flow like regular water i have seen presentations like this in person and have been directly told by the artists that the water has a special make up with ingredients to make it more viscous! the paper also has chemicals on it to absorb the paint without leaving a drop in the water

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  21. echidnah1 says:

    OMG -_- To all you people who said “How?” or “What?” It’s obviously oil paint, since oil FLOATS ON WATER, the water is normal fresh water, could be from the tap, doesn’t matter. He may have changed it, being a pro and all, but you can do this at home, it’s NOT MAGIC.Thank you :3

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  22. 25ncd says:

    sorry…DONT READ THIS Cause It Really Works. YOU WILL GET KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OFYOUR LIFE. HOWEVER IF YOU DONT POST THIS COMMENT TO AT LEAST 3 VIDEOS YOU WILL DIE WITHIN 2 DAYS. NOW UV STARTED READIN DIS DUNT STOP THIS IS SO SCARY. SEND THIS OVER TO 5 VIDEOS IN 143 MINUTES WHEN UR DONE PRESS F6 AND UR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR ONTHE SCREEN IN BIG LETTERS. THIS IS SO SCARY Cuz IT ACTUALLY WORKS THIS reaLLY WORKS S

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  23. Dear friends, this is traditional Turkish art ‘Ebru’. in English they call it as ‘Marbling’. The water he is using is a mixture of pure water and the liquid of gum tragacanth (tree). The paints are also natural (roots of different coloured plants). As for the paper, it is ok if it is tear resistant. (pay attention to the music as well 😉 ) ENJOY!!

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  24. megarock1018 says:

    This is true, since i attended art school too, but you dont have to be so uptight about this, as an artist, I can see how, he has done it, what medium, etc, but still, if someone wants to know our methodology, they’ll ask, so enjoy the art, its his own style

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  25. SauceGhey says:

    In art school we didn’t learn about this method of painting. We were taught other methods of painting. However any artist will tell you that he is using a specific type of water resistant paper. You can tell that it is heavy duty, and probably some sort of better version of watercolor paper. A lot of people use tracing paper in collage, and draw out their paintings in colored pencil before doing them with paints, this gives the artist a better idea of how to do it without messing it up.

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