We collaborated with Ebru Art - Xanda Design studios and produced a series of ebru marbling video tutorials.

In these tutorials you will see a step by step application of various marbled designs, which include the classical abstract patterns, kids' favorite animals, classical ebru flowers and special themes. We also put together some guidelines for useful marbling tips & tricks.

The videos were shot in Xanda Design studios in Prague, Czech Republic and marbling was done by Sevil Basaran.

You can contact us with your questions or suggestions.


Nonpareil Comb Three Ways

- Comb direction should be perpendicular to base lines
- Try not to pull the comb too fast
- You can use different size comb (tooth gap/alignment) to create different patterns
- Small size awls are preferable for freestyling

Swirls / French Curl / Bülbül Yuvası

- Smaller drops on top layer will help to show the pattern more clearly
- Use medium size awl for big swirls and small size awl for smaller swirls
- You can try to make swirls from outside to center or from center to outside

Swirls / French Curl / Bülbül Yuvası on Combed Base

- Make bigger and looser swirls to show the background pattern
- More space between the swirls will prevent distortion of nearby swirls
- Smaller size awls are preferable for such detailed work

Fern (Shawl on Reverse Comb)

- When making reverse comb, follow one particular tooth of the comb to center the lines
- You can use a big comb with wide tooth gap to make the waves
- You can try making the waves up and down to get a different pattern

Freestyle on Combed Base

- More colors make it more fun, but 2-3 colors will make your pattern to show more clearly
- Deeper and faster strokes are recommended for dense liquids, superficial and slow strokes should be used if your liquid is more watery
- You can experiment with strokes of different direction and strength to get interesting results

Bouquet Comb Four Ways
Mussels, Peacock Tail, Frog Feet

- The key to success is to find your rhythm, correct depth of comb and pull speed by trial and error.
- You can try combs with different tooth gaps and different combinations.
- Try the bouquet comb on chevron and you will get the fleur-de-lis.


Kitty Cat

- Push and pull the water very gently to create smooth curved lines
- Pull the tail from the neck of the tail not the center of the drop
- If you want bigger cat, use less background color and more drops for the kitty


- Use bigger size awls if your bird is relatively big
- The drop in the center must cover more space than the outer circle so that the figure is shown clearly
- Adjust the depth and speed of your strokes according to the viscocity of your liquid


- It emphasizes the object when background colors and object color is in contrast
- Use big size awl to pull the tail and fins, and smaller size for eyes and mouth
- You can control the size of the drop by wiping the excess color off the awl with a tissue paper


- Dropping the paint off the center point, you will get an oval shape. Ideal for making long objects.
- For making smooth curves, avoid getting too close to edges.
- Dolphin's lower fin is situated a bit forward than the upper fin


- Coming from a curved upward angle for the head will help to make the outer tentacles more slender
- You can make more than 3 tentacles of course
- You can make a sea world theme artwork! Check out Dolphin and Fish tutorials


- The shell can be single- or multi-colored. You can make various designs with a multicolor shell
- You can take it from this base at 01:41 to making it into a car
- Legs-head-tail are different color just to distinguish the parts from the shell


- Symmetry is important for a handsome dragon
- You can use the oval shape base to make bat or even better batman!
- Deep and strong strokes are recommended for pulling the wing tips


- Make the first drop like an oval, the bird will get rounder with a belly and big eyes.
- The tree and the owl will push everything aside, so small details (flowers, smaller birds etc) must come later.
- How to make a battal tree
- Other flying animals: Dragon and Bird


- This tutorial covers the basic marbling technique for the butterfly. So it is up to you fellow artists to add your personal touch in decorating your butterfly.
- Use bigger size awls for pulling out the wings.
- Deeper strokes will make them long and thin. Superficial strokes will leave them rounder.



- A drop of darker color for the petals will make a nice contour and make the flower look a bit cartoonish
- The stem always comes first, because its harder to make stem later without distorting the flower.
- You can match various flowers with various leaf types. Watch this video for different type of leaves

Three Types of Daisies

- Make moves in pairs opposite to each other to achieve symmetry.
- When dividing the petals further, make superficial moves.
- Complete Daisy Tutorial
- Four Types of Flower Leaves

Four Types of Flower Leaves

- Make stems a bit long, you can always make them shorter afterwards; but cannot make them long after forming the entire leaf.
- First Two types are recommended with Daisy or Violet.
- Grassy leaf is good for Daisy, Poppy, Carnation.
- Long leaf is good for Tulip, Violet or Hyacinth.

Flower Bush

- You can use the tray on longer axis to have your design fit better.
- Three Types of Daisies
- Four Types of Flower Leaves


DIY - Marbled Easter Eggs

- Eggs with white shell will show the colors and pattern more clearly
- We got the best results by rolling the eggs on the surface and not dipping completely
- Let the eggs dry for an overnight and roll them over once in a while so they don't get stuck on the paper/surface they are on
- You can use a spray varnish to make them shiny and colors more vivid

Battal Tree

- To make smaller leaves, take less paint on your brush and sprinkle from high.
- Leaves can be any color, green for spring/summer, orange and red for fall.
- Note that the tree will push away everything else. If you want to add details to your painting, you can do that after shaping the tree.