There is a beginner book "Marbling Paper and Fabric by Carol Taylor"
that will show you all the steps for the making traditional patterns.
It was published by Altamont Press in the early 1990s. If you cannot
find it, Gallen Berry has a little manual of how to that is easy to
For Turkish Ebru you still need to know the basic patterns. If you
speak Turkish, I can send you a website address for a store in
Istanbul with the tools and pigments and possibly some instruction.
But, the pigments are expensive, so you may want to learn with
acrylics or watercolors, before moving on to pigments.
I realize you are a bit away from Miami, but there are a couple of
Ebru artists in the Miami area, you may be able to find them by
googling Ebru Miami.
The little kit you got is good, I am not far from Dharma so I go visit
from time to time; however I get supplies from Magnolia and paints
from art stores when they are on sale. Before using dispersant try
making a small solution of the paints in distilled water to a
consistency between milk and thicker than half & half but not as thick
as cream, then see how that works you might be pleasantly surprised. I
do not know about methocel so I cannot tell you about that; however
assuming it is kind of like carraghenan I would say to follow the tips
on thickness of the solution.
In the summer of 2008, I will be apprenticing with a certified master
in Turkey, I promise to share my notes with this group.
I learned marbling in the late 50s and early 60s in a third world
country using oil paints on homemade size made with cow bone marrow
and making our own gall (smelliest thing I ever did). Learning today
is a lot easier.
This group will help you if you ask there are some extraordinary and
generous members always sharing. Just keep asking. Güle güle
--- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com
, Ibraheem Shakfeh <rahmatullah38@...>
> This was probably all covered but I could not find it in the message
> Anyway, I got interested in marbling (namely Ebru) and I bought this
mini marbling kit and this dispersant. I can't find someone that
gives lessons in my area so I plan on following the guide that comes
with the kit and use a few drops of dispersant with the paint. I make
the size and sprinkle the paint in it and stir it vertically, right?
> I'm not doing anything as advanced as cicekli. I'm just sticking
with the basic battals.
> Any tips?
> -Ibraheem Shakfeh
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