Monday, April 27, 2009

The Art of Ebru

I love old books. I love the quaintness of both the information and the illustrations. I love the character of an aged, and well-worn volume.

A handful of the books in my possession have beautiful marbled edges. The Turkish name for marbling is ebru, or cloud art.

I enjoy researching the history of art forms I find intriguing. If you find history at all interesting, the following synopsis may entertain you. Otherwise, I bid you adieu.

Turkish marbling seems to have originated in either 15th century Turkistan or Persia, and it spread along the trade routes.
Marbling was introduced to Europe in the 16th century by travelers returning from Turkey. It made it's way to England by the 17th century.

Bookbinders used it for decorative purposes, and to hide the edge wear on reference volumes that would receive a lot of use. Ledgers were often marbled as a security measure because any removed pages would be noticeable in the design.

Early artisans were secretive of the process until the late 19th century, when at least two tell-all books were published in England.

To give an overly simplified explanation of the technique;
Color is floated on water that has a thickening agent added. Designs are created using tools such as feathers, combs, straws, and needles. The paper is then dipped to pick up the color. Each dip produces a unique monoprint.

The concept sounds simple, but the intricacy of the designs that can be created by a skilled artisan is amazing.
Click on this link to Google images to see more.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


1. the wind whispering through the trees

2. raindrops splashing in puddles

3. the coo of a dove

4. glass floats

5. spring

Friday, April 24, 2009

Steel & Glass

I love to recycle old objects in my art. I made these steel-wire and glass buds using colorful vintage Christmas bulbs. They were part of a fun collaborative bouquet brainstormed by artist Tory Brokenshire.

Sixteen artists participated, and this was the end result:

(A thank you to Tory for the photos!)

Monday, April 20, 2009


1. old glass vials filled with watch parts

2. chocolate-dipped strawberries

3. the smell of cilantro

4. the sound of rain

5. bumble bees

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mapping My Heart

“ When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
Benjamin Shield

My desire is that this journal will be a catalyst for my creativity, and an expression of all the things that interest me and make me happy.

For kindred spirits who find their way here, I hope to give a glimpse of my heart.