What is Ebru Art? How to Make Marbling Art?


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What is Ebru Art and what is marbling?

What is Ebru Art and what is marbling?

Ebru, known as marbling or water marble painting, is a Turkish art that has been performed since the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, this art continued in Turkey country. Imagination is the key element of this Turkish art when making marbling because it is much more difficult than the other types of painting. In the Ottoman times, there were many artists who made ebru art as a job professionally, but nowadays many people made it only as a hobby even though it is very difficult.

Where did the traditional art of ebru and calligraphy originate?

Although it is not known exactly how Turkish water marbling came into being, many historians claim that this art emerged in the 13th century. However, when the official records are examined, the first record was recorded in Topkapi Palace in 1447. Moreover, the first marbling artist was Sebek Mehmet Efendi as well.

How to make marbling art? Are there any marbling techniques?

How to make marbling art?  Are there any marbling techniques?

  • To make marbling, first of all, water should be concentrated with a specific fragment.

  • Then, it should be added to the special color palette (which is more like a box in terms of painting) and the consistency must be achieved.¬†

  • The liquids in the palette should be filtered by the help of a clean muslin.

  • Afterwards, the ocher must be crushed and turned into a paste form.

  • Then gall is added into the paint.¬†¬†PS: This mixture should be rest for 15 days.

  • After 15 days, paint is diluted and made ready for application with adding water.

  • Last but not least,¬†marbling paper¬†should put on the palette box, the shape ought to be transferred onto the paper.

What are the materials of marbling art?

What are the materials of marbling art?

Marbling is made using various paints on water, which is concentrated, and these patterns are transferred onto a special paper. Before making this special paper marbling technique, a preliminary is required.

One who wants to make Turkish marbling art must have these two ebru paint supplies:

One who wants to make Turkish marbling art must have these two ebru paint supplies:

  • A¬†Turkish paper¬†specially produced for marbling. This paper should be made by hand and it should have high absorbent quality.¬†

  • The water used in marbling should be concentrated.¬†

  • Marbling paint is different from the other paints. These paints are called ocher.

  • Gall is produced from the gall bladder of cattle and can be obtained from places selling painting and¬†arts and crafts materials.

  • Tragacanth, which helps ensure the density of marbling water, is another material used in this art.

  • Another important material for the art of marbling is the box in which the marbling water is placed.¬†

  • The box must be made of water-resistant materials.¬†

  • Last but not least, the brushes used in¬†Turkish paper marbling¬†are those made of horsehair.

These ebru art supplies are a must but marbling definition can be change from person to person by making an ebru painting.

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