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Ebru: Paper Marbling in the Turkish Tradition, June 2022

June 23, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, June 23 and 30, 6pm-8pm

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About this Workshop:

Turkish Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone, hence the name, “Ebru.” This workshop will provide a survey of major patterns and styles of paper marbling using Turkish materials. The use of a stylus will be used to manipulate patterns and create designs within the surface of the water. Patterns covered include the three major ebru styles: battal, tiger eye, and hatip. You’ll leave the workshop with a variety of new decorative papers, as well as the skills to keep practicing.  

Level: All levels welcome – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes June 13, 2022 Material fees are included with your registration to cover the materials provided in class, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample images by Josh Berer


Registration includes a $20 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including paper, carrageenan, and ebru paint. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • Personal apron (waterproof or a cooking apron)
  • Shoes with good tread that can take some water (the studio floor can get wet)
  • (Optional) Other papers you’d like to experiment marbling on


Josh Berer is a classically-trained calligrapher and craftsman based in Washington, DC. He received his ijazah [master calligrapher’s certification] in the Thuluth and Naskh scripts from Mohamed Zakariya, and is currently a student of Talik script. He is also versed in the arts of papermaking, marbling, illumination, bookbinding, and woodworking. He speaks Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. Learn more about his work at www.arabiccalligrapher.com.

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