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Ancient Art of Ebru: Turkish Paper-marbling


Vesile Yilmaz is a traditional Ebru artist with over 12 years of experience. Having lived and practiced in Turkey and Australia, she currently resides in the US where she is passionate about sharing her cultural heritage with art lovers, artists, and designers. Steeped in ancient tradition, Yilmaz takes pride in performing this unique form of...

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Course Starts

September 26, 2021

Course Time (CST)

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

November 14, 2021

Course Cost


Join instructor Vesile Yilmaz for a comprehensive learning experience on the ancient art of Turkish paper marbling, Ebru. During this course, students will have hands-on experience with special tools of the trade such natural earth pigments, ox-gall, and carrageenan to produce their one-of-a-kind marbled designs. Throughout the course, students will learn the technique and preparation of the dyes and bath as well as the history and tradition. Diving deep into the mystical philosophy that underlies Ebru, students will learn how this therapeutic form of art has made its way to Intangible Cultural World Heritage list by UNESCO. Every week students will focus on two traditional designs (i.e. stones, gel-git, hatip, Spanish wave, nightingale's nest, bouquet, combed, non-pareil) and there will be time for freestyle experimentation and exploration as the sky is limit with this aqueous surface design method. Ebru paper is commonly used for bookbinding and calligraphy or it can be incorporated into collage, scrapbooking, art journaling or can be framed as artwork. All tools and supplies for the 8-week course are included in a kit the instructor will mail to participants the week before the course.

SUPPLIES REQUIRED: The kit materials, as well as its shipping/handling and tax, are all incorporated into the price of the course. Each kit contains materials necessary for the course:

  • 8 pouches x Carrageenan (10 gr each)
  • 1 bottle of OX-gall (10 ml)
  • Stainless steel marbling tray (suitable for letter-size paper)
  • Stylus Set of 6 and one marbling rake
  • 6 bottles of ebru Pigments (30ml each)

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course that covers the entire cost of the course less supplies ($145). Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail course coordinator Angela Johnson.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.

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