I was in Istanbul last week for a very quick trip during the Easter holiday. Here are a few pictures of what I got up to:
I attended an ebru (Turkish paper marbling) workshop. Below are some images of my teacher demonstrating how the inks are applied to a water solution, prepared for paper marbling. I have a weakness for great art materials, and couldn’t resist purchasing a few bottles of ink and powdered seaweed so that I could try this again at home!
The teacher paints a tulip on top of the water solution.
Laying paper over the design:
The finished marbled paper!
Here are my attempts. I am planning on using my marbled papers as covers and endpapers for a new set of handmade books!
One of my favourite places in Istanbul, the resting place and Masjid of Eyup Sultan (RA). So peaceful and so beautiful:
Interior of the Masjid:
Detail of the dome:
Time spent in the bookseller’s market:
Browsing the markets of Uskudar…