Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu giving some further advice on making battal ebru to participants in the workshop.

This past Sunday, the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University held a hands-on Turkish paper marbling workshop led by a locally based ebru artist, Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu.

Ebru (Turkish paper marbling) is a traditional art where paint is floated in a tray of water and different tools and techniques are used to make unique designs on the surface, before being transferred to paper.

During the workshop, participants learned about the history of ebru, the different materials, the different tools, and four different traditional styles: battal (stone), gel-git (come and go), taraklı (combed), and çiçekli (flower). Participants were able to make and bring home their own ebru in each style following demonstrations and instruction by Hatice.  

For a list of upcoming hands-on folk arts workshops and a full list of other programs at the Castellani Art Museum, follow the museum on social media, on our webpage, or look for our seasonal program calendar in your local library.

This workshop was made possible through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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