Thursday, June 16, 2016

'Starry Night' on Dyed Water


It's nice to see an artist's process, the way their composition evolves out of nothing. Ever since I stumbled upon Garip Ay's videos, I haven't been able to stop myself from watching them over and over. In this clip, the Turkish artist demonstrates how to replicate Van Gogh's The Starry Night. It's mesmerizing to see how the oil-based inks in a tank of dark water transform into a richly detailed picture.

Ebru, also called paper marbling, is one of the oldest Turkish arts. A gum called tragacanth is added to the water to yield a thickened liquid, and horse hair brushes are used to apply paints which are insoluble in water. Once the design is finished, a piece of paper is laid on the water and absorbs the pigment, creating a dyed page. It's truly fascinating.

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