Ebru is a marbling technique coming from the 13th century and still amazing with the eternity of possible images, which can be created.
The Turkish word ebru means, who would have thought, paper marbling, which is known to be the art of creating colorful patterns on papers. Nowadays, ebru can take part in coloring complex objects like mugs, t-shirts, plastic cups and whatever your mind can come up with. Let’s take a closer look to the technique.
Before starting marbling experiments, one must have a pan or container, where the whole process will take place. It should be of a certain size and space to fit different kinds of objects. Water is a crucial element, serving as a base and working together with tragacanth — a special liquid thickener, which makes the water look oily and resistible to acrylic paints, used for ebru artworks. The final touch — sticks, brushes, ropes and anything you can find. This variety of objects is a tool for interacting with the surface of the painted water and bringing changes to its structure.
At this stage, inventiveness comes to the first plan. You can play around with numerous lines, shapes and dots — abstract art allows being aesthetically vague.
When the time comes to transfer the masterpiece to paper, magic happens. The whole liquid-looking composition sticks to the object without any deformations, easily and smoothly.
Check out the video, where we’ve tried to create our own astounding ebru masterpieces!