Ebru Painting with Silvia
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • 15 hours over 5 days

Ebru Painting with Silvia

Experience traditional Turkish paper marbling and learn the magic of painting on water. Inspired by water, Silvia began using this historic art to make contemporary pieces. You'll learn the unusual process and create your own works, then explore the local waterways and visit traditional calligraphy studios with Silvia as your expert guide.
  • Turkish tea & snacks


One Guest
USD $655
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $370


One Guest
USD $175
Additional guest(s)
USD $60
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Meet the Artist

Silvia is an artist and academic who practices Ebru Painting, or Turkish Marbling - an art form which dates back to the 16th century Ottoman tradition of book art. In this technique, mineral/herbal paint is applied to the surface of water to create a design that is then mono-printed onto paper. Silvia has studied Ottoman culture, the philosophy of Islam, Sufism and the cultural significance of water in Istanbul for nearly 25 years. This context inspires Silvia’s practice, where she uses classic Ebru techniques to produce contemporary art from her home studio in Istanbul’s tranquil Cengelköy District. In addition to a master marbler, Silvia is an expert on local waterways and loves giving tours of these architectural wonders!

VAWAA Includes:

  • An introduction to the origin of marbling, the connection to Sufi tradition and the special materials used in the technique.
  • Instruction in the entire process of Ebru painting - how to prepare the water/colors, how to transfer designs from water to paper, and how to laminate paintings.
  • Experimenting with different marbling techniques.
  • Visiting a classic marbling artist to experience traditional marbling.
  • Exploring historic waterways in Istanbul and visit a local calligraphy studio.
  • All tools and materials.
  • Turkish tea & snacks at the studio.

Stay at Silvia's

Stay in Silvia’s stylish guest suite, on the second floor of her house in Cengelköy, steps away from her studio in the spacious garden on the premises. The suite features a private entrance, two twin beds, a private marble bathroom and small kitchen, exclusively for guest use. Wifi is included.

Explore Istanbul

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul has a rich culture with distinct elements of Western and Eastern influence. It has witnessed some of the greatest empires in human history, each of which has left an indelible mark, whether it be through ancient ruins, cuisine, religious sites, or art. While its history is epic, however, the true pleasures of Istanbul are in the small, mundane details. Threaded through the city are neighborhoods defined by community, shopkeepers who know every patron, friends drinking tea together outside. It’s these details that always linger with us long after we’ve gone.

Additional Details

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 14 days. Please ask when you send your booking request.

Guest Reviews

  • Nelly, Mauritius

    Ebru with Silvia in Istanbul. I could not have had a better start to the year. The art of paper marbling is meditative and very satisfying. Learning it with Silvia in her half-moon studio space was a precious experience. She is a calming presence, has great style and a gorgeous house, or rather, an amazing art gallery that she lives in. Silvia is extremely generous with her time and in the sharing Read more