Ink Play invites children to create their own imaginative worlds and characters using simple marbling techniques, ink, stickers and other paraphernalia.
The activity is relatively simple – kids use marbling inks suspended in water to create beautiful colourful backdrops and then overlay the pieces with more ink paintings and drawings of their own design.
The effect is just gorgeous and I think every child enjoys it. I notice that the kids all love using eye droppers to drop ink into the water, watching the colours ripple and fade. Then it is like magic watching those colours transfer onto paper, each swirling and colourful in their unique designs.
Artist Robert Lee Davis has a great rapport with the kids. I think the gentle pace and relatively quiet activity really appeals to Lady AB, who can sometimes become overwhelmed by too much noise and stimulation. She wants to keep making more and more marbled designs so I’m inspired to try this again at home. I think what I’ll do is wait till the weather’s warmer and we can do it outside.
If you want to try this activity at home Robert suggests using Japanese Boku-Undo Suminagashi Marbling Kit which you can buy at most art stores (cheapest I’ve found is eBay). The droppers and palettes you should be able to find in an craft/hobby store or even $2 store.
- Suitable for children 2-5 years;
- All children must be accompanied by an adult;
- If you are bringing more than one child, we recommend that extra adults attend.