Introduction to Ebru fabric marbling

Next date: Saturday, 04 February 2023 | 11:00 AM to 01:30 PM

Explore the traditional art of Ebru water marbling with artist Eda Tevrizci.

In this workshop Eda will teach you how to achieve spellbinding designs on fabric using this UNESCO heritage listed Turkish art form.

What to expect

Eda will give a brief history of Ebru art, a review of tools and materials and fabric pre-treatment processes.

Then comes paint application techniques using special brushes, where you will create colourful abstract designs.

To familiarise yourself with the process you will practise on paper. After that, you will proceed to transferring your patterns onto the fabric.

You will also learn how to treat and care for your marbled fabric. By the end of the session you will have up to 4 marbled pieces of fabric and your practise paper designs.

You will have your own tray (30 x 40cm), marbling paper and 3 pieces of fabric (28 x 28cm, cotton, chiffon or silk) to work with. A larger tray will also be available, giving you the opportunity to create one 50 x 50cm chiffon scarf.

Workshop cost of $90 includes all materials, equipment, and specialist tuition.

Workshop terms and conditions

  • Suitable for participants 16 years and over. No previous experience required.
  • Participant numbers are limited to 8, allowing for a more rewarding experience.
  • A minimum of 8 bookings are required for this workshop to run.
  • Depending on the circumstances, cancellations made within 5 working days may not be refundable.
  • No-shows on the day are non-refundable.

About Ebru and its origins

Travelling along the ancient silk road this artform was introduced to the Turkish people when in their original central Asian homelands, possibly before the 1500s.

However, a closely related artform such as the colouring of paper using water with pigments was practised in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE).

This art creates colourful patterns by dropping and splashing paints onto a tray of water-based viscous solution with special brushes. These patterns are then transferred to a retentive piece of paper or fabric. It’s a mesmerising, magical world due to the nature of the used materials. Playing with colours on moving water and creating unique patterns each time helps ebru makers discover inner vision about themselves. It also helps to ease anxiety and stress by providing tranquillity to the soul. This art also helps to gain a sense of aesthetics, to discover the creativity within oneself and to build patience, confidence, time management and discipline. ​It is also considered one of the successful instruments of art therapy in the world and is useful and helpful to overcome daily stress and cope with any experienced difficulties in life including mental and physical health issues. It can be used as a rehabilitative approach and treatment tool since it is a great way of expressing feelings onto water surface without the need of using words.

About the artist

Eda is a professional Ebru artist and educator who arrived in Australia in 2016. Originally from Turkey, she has been practicing Ebru art since 2015 and is always looking for new ways to integrate this beautiful and mindful artform into our everyday lives.


  • Saturday, 04 February 2023 | 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM


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