Turkish Art “EBRU” (Water Marbling) Workshop
February 23, 2013
For all ages
Turkish Cultural Center Staten Island
Water marbling or Ebru one of the most unique and beautiful forms of Turkish art. Ebru is formed by drawing designs with dye on top of water, and then carefully placing paper on the surface of the water in order to absorb the dye. The earliest examples of Ebru are found in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and are dated 1539, Ebru has traditionally been rarely signed, and therefore many great artists remain unnamed. Modern day students may study for more than 10 years before being considered master marblers, learning how to make the perfect dye, water bath, and design. Since each dye bath can only be transferred to paper once, every original piece of Ebru is unique.