Ebru, a technique originated in Japan and arrived in Turkey via the Silk Road. It involves filling a shallow tank with purified water, which is then treated to a dense consistency known as size. Ink and paint are then applied to the water’s surface, and the artist uses needles or a straw to meld the ink into dreamy swirls and circles. Paper, canvas, or fabric can then be put onto the surface to capture the design made on the water. The patterns are then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and end-papers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.
Ebru stage Istanbul