When the weather outside is dreary and cold, give your eyes (and heart) a treat with bright and gorgeous art, like this: Mina’s Art. This is a medium called water marbling (Ebru).
Marbling is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on water and then transforming this pattern onto paper.
The special tools of this kind of marbling are brushes made of horsehair and bound to straight rose twigs, bodkin, a tray, natural earth pigments, ox gall and tragacanth*.
Some of the styles are known as Battal, Geigit and Spanish Wave. This art originated in Turkistan around the 13th century, and from there ist spread to China and Turkey.
Mina Tern is a Turkish Ebru artist who lives in Nashville. Her crafts are truly original and each piece wonderfully unique. She also teaches art in her studio.
*Gum tragacanth is a viscous, odorless, tasteless, water-soluble mixture of polysaccharides obtained from sap which is drained from the root of the plant and dried.