originating from the word "ebr" in Persian, which means "cloud", marbling
defined as waterface painting.
A mixture of "tragacanth" (a gummy subsatance derived from shrubs) and
water is prepared in a large mouthed vessel.
The powder paints sprinkled onto the surface of water and tragacanth
mixture are transferred to a piece of raw
and absorbing paper suitable for the application. Maximum care should be
taken while laying and lifting the absorbing
paper not to smear the upper surface.
The master of marbling art made his brushes, from rose stem and horse tail
and generally created his compositions
using the trditional patterns. However, if the master creates a unique
pattern of his own, such pattern is named
after him after general acceptance of his work. Examples of such
denominations are barut marbling
(Hikmet Barutcugil" and necmettin ebrusu (Necmettin Okyay).
Akkase ebru, ebrulu akkase, battal ebru, somaki ebru, hafif ebru, tarli
ebru, gelgit ebru, yazili ebru
are other acquired denomations.
(...from the booklet of