I usually like to post about fantasy or “geek” related artists but I stumbled upon Turkish artist Garip Ay. And the reason he caught my eye was the technique he uses in his art…Ebru.
Ebru, which is generally known today as a decorative paper art, is one of the oldest Turkish arts, but exactly where or when it started remains unknown. Ebru is an art from the realms of history, presenting to us a beauty that is full of love. It can be described as painting on water. Patterns are formed on the surface of water which has had substances added to it to increase the viscosity; the patterns are then transferred to paper. The results of this process are unique and it is never possible to achieve the same design again.
So in short…he paints on water… and it’s awesome!!
Here is a video of him re-creating Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Self-Portrait.