This one of a kind painting is produced in the traditional methods of Turkish Water Marbling.
Traditional Turkish Water Marbling involves the sprinkling of water-based paints onto a size or thickened water bath usually made of carrageenan or Irish Moss. The colours spread without mixing and designs are created by moving the layered paint on the water with handmade traditional tools such as a hand rake. A piece of treated paper is carefully put down on the water to absorb the paint and the paper is removed and rinsed to remove the size. It leaves behind the exact painting that was on the water. The papers are then dried and ironed for framing or for use in bookbinding or other arts.
Although an artist can try to produce a similar painting by using the exact same colours, in the exact same order, thinned to the exact same consistency and using the exact same manipulation techniques, it is impossible to replicate an Ebru painting exactly. The artist has no way of controlling where the droplets land or how they will react with the size. This means that there is no other copy of this painting – each one is unique.
This decorative art is known for its calming effects on both the artist and the viewer. I hope that you enjoy viewing this piece as much as I enjoyed creating it.
November 14th, 2016
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