Girl with the Magic Paintbrush – Suminagashi @ home with Kitty Kat and Cup Cake

In this 13 minute YouTube style tutorial video, hosts Kitty Kat and Cup Cake show how they created suminagashi at home using simple found materials. With creative input from world famous South African suminagashi artists, mother and daughter team Larissa and Stella Don, this tutorial video is to help prepare the audience for the live show “Girl with the Magic Paintbrush” showing on the fringe, if they wish to participate and to learn more about suminagashi / marbling and making water prints. The live shows include a workshop for further real time coaching in suminagashi from Larissa and Stella.

Larissa says: “Suminagashi is an ancient printing technique where the oily ink is applied to the surface of water. The floating ink is then manipulated by using various techniques. This floating image which you have created can then be captured on paper or fabric as a once off still image. Marbling takes us a bit deeper into viscosities and the alchemy of dripping bright colours on a thickened gel solution. The process is magical yet simple!”

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration (minutes): 13mins
  • Ages: All ages
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English



Kitty Kat, Ushim Hutchinson
Cup Cake, Gilia Hutchinson
suminagashi consultant, Larissa Don
suminagashi consultant, Stella Don
director, Daniel Hutchinson


Larissa Don, master marbler and owner of The SA Marbling Company, has been practicing the art of marbling for twenty years and sees herself as a new generation water and eco surface and textile designer. She is renowned within the industry as a marbler that pushes the boundaries of the craft and is considered a master not just in marbling but also in the oldest form of water arts, Japanese suminagashi. Larissa has been referred to as the “premier fabric marbler of the world”. She is passionate about sharing the art of marbling and suminagashi with young people in particular. Her daughter Stella, who began practising in the art form at the age of 8, is now a renowned suminagashi artist in her own right at the age of 21.