Ebru / Paper Marbling

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.

What will you get in this course?

  • Briefly go through the historical and theoretical background of Paper Marbling
  • Getting to know the materials, first demonstrations, different Ebru types, preparing the liquid using Carrageenan, how to use the oxgall to adjust the spread of the colors, and many more topics will be covered to help you master the art of Ebru
  • You don’t need to have any prior experience
  • You will be able to take all the artwork you have created during the lessons with you
  • If you wish, we can take pictures of you while experimenting so you can share it with your friends
  • Classes are once a week and each lesson lasts two hours. See below currently available courses for exact time and duration details.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and snacks are included

Sylvia & Maxi sharing their impressions


Close-up video, Ebru making


Ebru Art workshop as a company activity

Frequently asked questions

How do VIP sessions work?

We started offering these sessions after the Covid-19 pandemic. You will be the only student in this 4-hours long intense course. We will go through all the major topics to teach you ebru / marbling in an intensive course. The price includes €55 worth of paints & marbling water set that you will take with you after the course. We will also provide protective face mask.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

We will be providing all the art material, as well as protective clothing against the paints, so you don’t need to bring anything.

Can I take the artwork I create during the program with me?

Sure, all the artwork you will be creating will belong to you.

What is the group size for courses?

Courses are limited to a maximum of 14 people.

Can workshops and courses be organized at a different location?

Yes, we can organize both workshops and courses at your preferred location as long as there are sufficient number of participants.

Do I need to have any prior experience?

No experience is needed at all, anyone can join our programs and we will ensure you have an enjoyable experience.
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Van Hogendorplaan 45A, 3135 BC Vlaardingen
Westhavenkade 39A, 3131AD Vlaardingen

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From Rotterdam Central Station, take the train and get off at Station Schiedam Centrum. Then, take the metro line B in the direction of Hoek van Holland Haven, get off at Station Vlaardingen Centrum, which is 5 minutes walking distance from our studio.
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