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Suminagashi, the Japanese art of “floating ink”, is one of many methods historically used for paper marbling. In it, a shallow layer of water or other viscous fluid serve as a medium for drops of ink that diffuse across the fluid surface and are manipulated with straws, brushes, or other tools. Once a design is complete, an absorbent surface like paper or fabric is carefully placed on top to preserve the art. Among other applications, the technique has historically been used for calligraphy and book bindings.