Ebru Water Marbling

When I was a kid, I went through a phase where all of my desk supplies, notebooks and stationary were Ebru. Now, I’m dying to learn the technique myself at home.


Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.



Here are two brief videos demonstrating the technique. I find it utterly hypnotic and magical.

Has anyone taken an Ebru class or tried this at home?


7 Responses to “Ebru Water Marbling”

  1. caspa'al the friendly ghost Says:

    This looks AMAZING

  2. Wow. Hypnotic indeed… Talk about getting sucked in.

  3. strangertobluewater Says:

    Ok, it’s clear to me, after watching the vid, that the people doing latte art clearly pulled their technique from Ebru. I’m not necessarily opposed to this but wonder why the Turks did not incorporate the same into their culture over the years. Turkish coffee, and all that.

  4. We did this in school – many years ago, but I can’t remember how to do it 😦

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