History of Marbling


   Water marbling is an ancient technique that originated in Japan around the twelfth century. It was termed suminagashi, or "ink floating", and was used to create and preserve designs on paper. Ebru, another type of marbling, originated in Turkey, India, and Persia in the fifteenth century. This technique used thickened water that is similar to the solutions we use today. Marbling continued to spread across Europe throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The trade secrets were carefully guarded, and used mainly for decorative bookbinding. Marbling on silk only became possible after the invention of acrylic paint. It has grown in popularity in the last few decades, with many artists finding new and inventive ways to create beautiful works of art.