The Turkish marbling art of ebru is a delicate dance between paint and water, requiring both speed and skill from the artist. Today, a mix of tradition and innovation is helping to keep this centuries-old art alive.
Article By ; By Jennifer Hattam Photographs by John Wreford
Artist Bahar Kocabaş instructs a student in ebru, the traditional Turkish art of paper marbling (opposite). Gum tragacanth thickens water, allowing paint to float on the surface
“Your hand must be like a machine, with a nice, steady rhythm — not dropping the paint with too much or too little force,” sa...