Ebru Art, or Paper Marbling, is a method of surface design that resembles the look of a marble stone. The colors are floated on the surface of a liquid thickened by a material called size, and the patterns are formed on the surface using assistive tools, such as sticks and combs. The results are variety of patterns, from a marble look to flowers, floating waves and more. These are then transferred onto a surface such as paper, ceramic, or fabric. Due to the fluid nature of the making-process, it is impossible to replicate an exact same result again, which usually is considered as one of the interesting aspects of this art form.
The history of Ebru Art form goes back to the 15th century Central Asia, it was further developed by the well known Ebru artists during the Ottoman Empire era. Starting in the 17th century, this art form started becoming popular in Europe as well when it grabbed the attention of European travellers to Middle East, and has been widely used for book covers and as a background for calligraphy pieces.
It was a great experience! We really enjoyed our time spent with Mehmet and Nur at their gallery. The whole processing of paper marbling is so interesting and fun, and the results are very rewarding. Mehmet and Nur are very easy-going and kind. In addition to the workshop, they provided lots of useful information about this old, precious practice. They also invited us to try out their homemade sweets : ) Thanks so much, Mehmet and Nur! I would recommend this experience to just everyone who come to Rotterdam.
I’ve came to Mehmet’s gallery on my birthday with my family, because I wanted to learn something new and special on that day. It’s been a really amazing experience! Mehmet and his daughter Nur were outstanding hosts. Their gallery is a special place where you can learn a lot about the art of paper marbling and experience it first hand. We’ve left with gifts, works that we’ve created and great memories. I’m definitely coming back (may be even with my colleagues for a team building experience). Thank you very much Mehmet and Nur!
What a fun experience! Mehmet and his daughter Nur gave us a warm welcome at the Institute. The Paper Marbling workshop was truly unique: after a brief introduction, Nur and Mehmet showed us a few techniques and within minutes we were trying our own creations. Mehmet and Nur were very friendly and supportive. Finally, Mehmet drew our names in calligraphy, which was a nice personal touch to end on. We left with all our creations, a belly full of coffee and biscuits, and a big smile on our faces!
Relaxing and entertaining: Mehmet and Nur gave us a warm welcome and allowed us to dive into the fascinating art of paper marbling, explaining some techniques and letting us create our first artworks. We enjoyed the experience and would recommend the short trip to the institute in a typical residential area of Rotterdam. Thanks!
Very calming and relaxing experience! Nur gave us information and a demonstration of this unique art form. After that, we got to make a lot of paintings ourselves and got to take them home with us. Nur is a sweet, knowledgeable and friendly woman; we felt very welcome! All in all, a recommendable experience!
Het was een super leuke en leerzame ervaring die ik heb mogen delen met mijn moeder onder het genot van koffie en thee, koekjes, rustige muziek en een plezierige omgeving! Bedankt en zeker tot de volgende keer!!
I tried paper marbling for the first time in my life and it was such a great and unique experience. Mehmet and Nur were very kind and informative hosts. They guided me very well throughout the process. They explained the whole process step by step by thoroughly demonstrating it which made it very easy to experiment with the art form as a beginner. I also took all the artwork I created with me as a memory. Thank you Mehmet for writing out my name in Arabic calligraphy as a gift as well, that was very nice! I'd highly recommend this experience to everyone.
This is my first stop in Netherlands. I had got a perfect day and unforgettable experience about joining this workshop. Everything is well explained, great printing tools. Instructor Mehmet and his daughter Nur are kind, helpful and professional. They make all the things wonderful. Finally, it is surprising and exciting that I can bring all of my printings back to home. I hope all of you can join when you saw this comment.