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Turkish artist Garip Ay producing ebru water art. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Great Big Story)

The Ancient Turkish Art of Painting on Water (Video)

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We’ve all heard of watercolor painting but what about painting on water? Few artworks are as unique as those produced by the Turkish artist Garip Ay who masterfully resurrects the ancient technique known as ebru, or marbling. With a profound touch, Ay's creations transcend conventional boundaries, breathing life into his art in an extraordinary manner. Through a meticulous process, he delicately releases and dances dyes onto water treated with a wetting agent, a secret formula that prevents the pigments from succumbing to the depths. With a graceful interplay of hand and heart, he orchestrates vibrant hues into intricate shapes and forms, conjuring images that spring forth from the tapestry of his imagination.

This mesmerizing craft, rooted in history, demands not only a deft hand but also a collection of specially handcrafted tools that embody the essence of ebru. Ay's artistic journey embodies a harmonious convergence of tradition and innovation, inviting spectators to witness the fluid dance between ancient artistry and contemporary creativity.

Top image: Turkish artist Garip Ay producing ebru water art. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Great Big Story)

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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