The Art of Marbling and Secret of Water

Ebru Painting, also known as Turkish Marbling, is a mystical art form which dates back to the 16th century Ottoman tradition of book art. Mineral/herbal paint is applied to the surface of water to create a design that gets mono-printed onto paper. While the mastery of various tools & techniques helps create the painting, it is water as an element that ultimately shapes the paint according to its own laws. 

On Saturday, June 13, at 12 PM EDT, join Istanbul based VAWAA Artist and master marbler Silvia for a talk and live demonstration of marbling and the secret of water. Having studied Ottoman culture, the philosophy of Islam, Sufism and the cultural significance of water in Istanbul for nearly 25 years, Silvia uses classic Ebru techniques to produce contemporary art. She's also an expert on waterways in her home district of Cengelköy in Istanbul!

We'll start with an introduction to the art of marbling -- from the materials and ways of practicing to its background, symbolic meanings in Sufism, and philosophy of Islam. Then, Silvia will demonstrate the steps of creating paintings influenced by the element water. Prepare to dive into mystics, secrets of water, and its meaning for humanity. Limited to 20 participants.

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How to join

We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. You'll receive an email with link and details to join a few hours before it begins.


"We really appreciated the breadth of Ebru knowledge Silvia shared with us." - Aditya

"The art of paper marbling is meditative and very satisfying. Silvia is extremely generous with her time and in the sharing of her passion." - Nelly

"My experience during my VAWAA with Silvia was indescribable. She has such an amazing presence in everything she does." - Natalie

Sessions are ticketed to support artists, makers and our small team. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please reach out. We may have a generous participant who has paid it forward and would ask that you pay the love forward by sharing online sessions with 3 new friends. 


Visit Silvia's artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.