Make one-of-a-kind art!

You can bake marbled cake and produce marbled stone, but did you know you can also create marbled paper?

Marbled paper, known as ebru in Turkish, was used extensively in bookbinding and on calligraphy panels during the Ottoman Empire.

The origin of this fun art form may have originated in China. Evidence from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) mentions a process of colouring paper on water with five pigments. The traditional Turkish technique involves piping dyes mixed with ox-gall into a trough lined with a bath and kitre (gum tragacanth). After this, a piece of paper is carefully transferred onto the bath, and the floating picture on top of it is readily transferred to the paper. This makes each ebru a one-of-a-kind print.

Experiment with a simpler and easier version of paper marbling with us these school holidays.

Transnational Advocacy Space and Place, 2013

Check out this painting by Mohamed Abuemis in our Islamic Art Gallery. In this painting, Mohamed has used a spatula to spread and scrape paint across the canvas. Underneath this top layer of paint, you’ll find a second composition of the Melbourne cityscape peeking through. In our Ebru Stationery workshop, we’ll be scraping foam and paint off paper to reveal our unique, one-of-a-kind artworks!

Each participant will get to produce five sheets of marbled paper to take home. They can be used for drawing, writing, gift wrapping, book covering, and more.

Please note this workshop is held in Adelaide, South Australia at the Al Salam Community Centre.


This workshop is presented in partnership with ISSA - Islamic Society of South Australia.



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