For centuries, Ebru was an art form found only inside the covers of books. The basic technique and all of its historical variations, has never changed. The process is always the same: paints are made to float on the surface of water where they are manipulated into designs and then transferred to a sheet of paper. In order to make this happen, the artist must learn to control the brushes, the water thickness or gum-tragacanth, and the behavior of the paint, and how the paints open on top of the water solution. Ebru artist’s knowledge and skills, as well as the philosophy behind this art, are transmitted orally and through informal practical training within master-apprentice relationships. Achieving basic skills in Ebru takes about two years, but we offer our students a beginning level to excite their artistic curiosity.
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