fill a tray with water. blow, fan, stir, dab, and drag paint or colored ink across its surface. put a sheet of washi paper on top to stain it with the floating art.
though called “turkish” paper marbling by europeans, this design technique was developed in east asia, central asia, and the islamic world. it is an important part of turkic, tajik, indian, and other asian and middle eastern cultures.
The Psychedelic Art of Paper Marbling
Oguz Uygur, a Turkish filmmaker, documents his parents’ craft of Ebru, transforming floating inks into delicate patterns. Using close-ups and shallow depth of field, he captures the detail in their artistry, which involves mixing inks with thin wires.