Ebru art (paper marbling) is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric.Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype. There are several methods for making marbled papers. A shallow tray is filled with water, and various kinds of ink or paint colors are carefully applied to the surface with an ink brush.
Various additives or surfactant chemicals are used to help float the colors. A drop of "negative" color made of plain water with the addition of surfactant is used to drive the drop of color into a ring. The process is repeated until the surface of the water is covered with concentric rings. The floating colors are then carefully manipulated either by blowing on them directly or through a straw, fanning the colors, or carefully using human hair to stir the colors. Another method of marbling more familiar to europeans and americans is made on the surface of a viscous mucilage, known as size or sizing in english.
While this method is often referred to as "turkish marbling" in english and called ebru in modern turkish, ethnic turkic peoples were not the only practitioners of the art, as persian, tajiks, and people of indian origin also made these papers. The use of the term turkish by europeans is most likely due to both the fact that many first encountered the art in istanbul, as well as essentialist references to all muslims as turks, much as europeans were referred to as firengi in turkish and persian, which literally means frankish.
I use this ancient technique to the vegetable-tanned natural leather and i make 4 unique pieces of the leather sleeve for macbook air and macbook pro. I hope you will like these unique pieces of marbling art. This item is made of vegetable tanned leather.