The Beautiful and Ancient Art of Ebru

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You’ve probably never heard of Ebru, but it’s an amazing artform that everyone should be made aware of. The opposite of traditional water colors, this technique involves applying paint to water and then adding more water or paint to upset the water’s surface and thus, change the art design. While the finished result is gorgeous, this is one of the handful of art techniques that is actually even more fascinating to watch being created than it is to examine the final product.

That’s because the artist can change the design over and over again until she feels it is just right. At that point, she just drops a piece of paper onto the surface of the water, sealing in the design for eternity. See a video of the process and more examples by clicking through.

Image credit: Ahmet Saral

Image credit: Ahmet Saral

[via Mental Floss]