September 12, 2013

Paper Marbling

September 12, 2013

Though it is 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.

What I like about this type of art is that the technique is fun and effortless. There's no right or wrong way of doing it -- you just drag, blow, and stir as you go along. It surpasses the mundane brush and stroke on a canvas which makes it limitless.

Fill a tray with water. Blow, fan, stir, dab, and drag paint or colored ink across it's surface. Put a sheet of washi paper on top to stain it with the floating art.

(Photo Credit: Istanbul.for91days.com)
(Photo Credit: Istanbul.for91days.com)
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