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Dark Water


Garip Ay

Istanbul-based artist Garip Ay employs traditional Turkish ebru paper marbling techniques to create surprising artworks with amazing depth. Ay’s process involves him seamlessly transforming each work into the next with just a few flicks of the wrist.

Ebru involves floating oil paint on water, then transferring it onto thick paper which is submerged under the paint, then raised through it. Ay’s work also involves transference to paper, but he also plays with the art while it’s still in fluid form. But though the videos make the process seem almost meditative, apparently being in the driver’s seat can be a little anxious-making.

“When people watch ebru, they think it is relaxing and soothing, but it my personal experience, it is really stressful. While doing ebru, you have control problems because you’re doing something on water.”

– Garip Ay

You can learn more about Garip Ay’s amazing Ebru art on his blog and on YouTube and Instagram.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

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28 thoughts on “Dark Water

  1. It is a completely fascinating and actually very spellbinding process to watch but I can very much see why artist finds it anxiety-inducing. While the artist makes it look easy controlling the paint on the surface of the water, it must be absolutely anything but easy.

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    • All I kept thinking while watching the videos was how often I drop things. My phone spends more time in sinks and floors than in my hand, my glasses fall off the top of my head about 1,000 times per week. This is DEFINITELY not the art form for me.

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  2. Fun to watch…make a mistake just swish and its gone.

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  3. What amazing work!

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  4. Reblogged this on Meeka's Mind and commented:
    Ebru – painting on water. I have /never/ seen anything like this in my life. Prepare to be amazed.

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  5. Just had to reblog this on Meeka’s Mind. Truly incredible. Thank you!

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  6. “Really stressful” — Oh, joy. I guess it’s not a casual pastime.

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  7. Amazing work through what looks like a difficult medium. Hugs

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  8. I always need art, thanks for sharing. Innovation always exists. Thanks to the Internet we can record this moment, we don’t need to keep them like we protect oil paintings.

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  9. That was so cool to watch. I’ve seen this type of painting before and the results are beautiful, and since they can’t be controlled 100%, each painting is unique. It’s looks like tons of fun, doesn’t it?

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  10. Absolutely fascinating… I was spellbound and probably had my mouth open…Just wow!

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