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Marbling Dye

Dyes called ochre which aren’t dissoluted in water are used in traditional marbling.Both marbling and pigment dyes produced from soil and some plants are used for marbling.The intention of ochre is that these are the natural dyes don’t have acid and casein.The reason of using natural dyes in marbling is that there is no addition agent and so dyes stay colorful for a long time.

Marbling Art Die Preparation

Dye in soil mode is smashed well and stones or grits,etc. are cleaned with a sieve.Some is water added after dropping pure dye to a pot and waited for a while by mixing.Dyes with water are taken to another pot after mixing process. Sediments at the bottom are thrown and this process is repeated for 3-4 times.Remained dye is cleared with tight seive and surplus water emptied.Afer these processes,dye is ready to be used.

May be smashing dye is the most important detail while preparing marbling dyes.If dye used for marbling isn’t smashed well,it will not float on the water and stay at the bottom and look faded because of rubbing against to vessel.Because of these reasons you should be patient and smash dyes sufficiently.High quality dyes are necessary to be able to make fine marbling.A handful dye is taken and put into desteseng coaster,digged a hole to put water in the middle of dye and mixed with water.After mixing,dye becoming mud is smashed with the help of desteseng by doing movements like 8.After smashing sufficiently,dye is put into a pot after adding tragacanth and waited for a while.Making dyes with tragacanth wait is beneficial for dye quality and it results better.

Marbling Art Brush

These are the brushes that are made of horsehair and by marbling artists themselves to sprinkle dye on surface of the vessel.These marbling brushes are sold in the markets from now on.Recently,rose branch is used mostly to make brush stem as it was used by the masters before.

Ox Gall

When used in marbling, it prevents dye, by shaping circled on the surface, go into deep and dyes mix.Generally, cattle gall is used.Gall which is yellow and smells bad,is the most important substance for marbling.(person who likes marbling bears its smell).Proportion setting for gall is made by adding gall to first dye in small quantity and increasing it in linear equation for the rest dyes.If you sprinkle dye which has less gall on the dye which has more gall,dye will not open and sink.Gall which spoils in hot weathers should be preserved in fridge.

Thickening Agent

These are the materials such as tragacanth,’deniz kadayıf’,spotted orchid,linseed added to water to raise the water consistency in the vessel.Tragacanth is the most important material used in our traditional marbling.As there are recipes of tragacanth almost in every web sites,here,we decided to recipe ‘deniz kadayıf’.’Deniz kadayıf’is a substance obtained from algae.It’s melted by mixing and adding 2-3 spoon heaping of ‘deniz kadayıf’to 5 litres warm water.It’s necessary that it shouldn’t be melted in neither too warm nor too cold water.It will be dissoluted completely if you do three times repetitions in ten minutes intervals and wait 15-20 minutes at each repetitions so you can use it after 5-6 hours.You can make this prepared liquid life longer by adding nearly one spoon formal dehit to the 5 litres ‘deniz kadayıf’water before start to use.It’s a preferred substance as it can be prepared more easily than tragacanth.It’s more suitable to keep it in the fridge in hot weathers as it may be spoiled easily.


After adding naphtha to marbling dyes,dye drops sprinkled to vessel scatter if there are small air bubbles inside.The usage of naphtha dye hides mistakes resulted from dust as it makes effects like dust hole dropping to vessel.It’s necessary to try by adding it in one drop step and be patient to find right naphtha proportion.You need to dry brush completely that used for naphtha dye to use it for floral marbling;because over-naphtha dye produces bigger circled shapes on flower surface and changes surface image.It looks aesthetic to make small sprinkles on vessel.

Drying Table

It’s a tool consists of shelves in 55×75 cm sizes and designed to dry marbled paper taken from vessel well and fast.


It’s a tool used for dropping gall,water and naphtha to dyes.Arranging the proportion of dyes in marbling is difficult, so water and gall are added by pipette and the best proportion is accessed slowly and after some trials.

Stick (Biz)

It’s a tool to figure circled dye drops on the water and to make ebb and flow,drop dye for making flowers in the vessel.Sticks made of stainless steel generally have tree stick.Sticks can be used in different wheels from 0.5 to 7-8 mm sizes.Their ends should be elliptical and made of  high quality materials.


It’s a tool made by attaching nearly 5 cm strings called narrow or wide pectened according to thickness to wooden tablet in order,to make pectened marbling.’Hyacinth pecten’ marbling where strings are ordered like an egg is used to make hyacinth as well.

Dye Pot

They are the pots of which mouth part is wide, made by glass to preserve marbling dyes.As we need three different dye pots for marbling surface in traditional marbling,100 cc glass pots in three different sizes are used to be able to pick the dye’order.


It’s a tool to stir the water in the vessel and  collect together the scattered material while redounding.

Deste Seng

It’s a tool made of marble to redound dyes.

Marbling Vessel

It’s a can like a vessel made of stainless chrome nickel material in 5-6 cm depth and usually in 35×50 cm sizes. Marbling vessel are made of materials such as galvanized sheet of iron,aluminium and even glass.


  1. Swati says: 08 January 2014
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