Experience the art of Paper Marbling

Vlaardingen, Netherlands

Experience hosted by Mehmet Refii

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English and Dutch

What you'll do

We will start by introducing ourselves and a quick tour of our gallery. After some theoretical and historical information about Paper Marbling (Ebru Art), we will get acquainted with the materials, followed by couple of demonstrations. At this point you will start experimenting with this fascinating art form by yourself with our guidance as needed. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of this art form and everyone is welcome.

At the end of the Paper Marbling experience, each participant will be given a hand-written copy of their names written in Arabic calligraphy as a gift, which is another one of our expertise areas. You will also be able to take with you all the artwork you have created. We will be ready to take your pictures while you are performing this experience and share them with you so you can show it to your friends.

Free snacks, coffee & tea will be offered throughout the experience.
Other things to note
The experience takes 2 hours and running over the time slightly is no issue.
We will be providing protective clothes to avoid paints getting on your clothes.
Feel free to reach us for any questions :)
We will start by introducing ourselves and a quick tour of our gallery. After some theoretical and historical information about Paper Marbling (Ebru Art), we will get acquainted with the materials, followed by couple of demonstrations. At this point you will start experimenting with this fascinating art form by yourself with our guidance as needed. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of this art form and everyone is welcome.

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What's included

  • Food
    Selection of cookies, desserts and chocolates will be available
  • Drinks
    Free and unlimited coffee, tea and water will be provided
  • Equipment
    Any art supply to be used will be provided.

Meet your Host, Mehmet Refii

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 45 Reviews
  • Identity verified
This beautiful art form is included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.

Feel free to reach us for additional time-slots.

I founded the Rumi Art Center (Rumi Kunst Instituut) in Rotterdam, where my daughter Nur and I promote and teach traditional art forms for over 10 years. We have participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions around the world to promote these spiritual art forms. Our activities were visited by public figures such as Eberhard van der Laan (ex-Mayor of Amsterdam) and the Dutch Queen Beatrix.
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Where you'll be

We will be having the experience at our artstudio which is 30 minutes from Rotterdam Centraal, located in the beautiful historical Vlaardingen Center.

Our artstudio offers a relaxing atmosphere. Our gallery was founded more than 10 years ago and attracts all kind of visitors from different countries. It is a multi-cultural environment and helps connect different cultures through art.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 45 reviews.

Cristina Nicoleta
August 2021
I went with my best friend and we left the workshop feeling reinvigorated and peaceful. We created a few paintings, a tile and received our names written in arabic calligraphy. It was a lovely therapeutic experience and we would love to do it again!
Jeffrey
January 2020
Na een vriendelijke ontvangst met koffie en een Turks broodje, kregen we een introductie en demonstratie. Alleen al kijken naar de demonstratie was al ontspannend. En daarna konden we zelf aan de slag. Het was leuk om te doen, de begeleiding was goed en we konden een paar mooi gemarmerde papieren mee terug naar huis nemen. Op het eind kregen we nog een attent cadeautje mee ook. Goede ervaring kortom!
Pauline
June 2019
Mehmet and his daughter Nur welcomed me warmly in their workshop. We were able to exchange and share a real moment of pleasure. The proposed experience is unique and the history of the technique is very interesting. I felt comfortable and was able to give free rein to my imagination and desires. I discovered an art but I also met two beautiful people. I recommend this experience to all art lovers and curious people!
Allen
June 2019
I didn’t know what to expect from this experience, but I am very glad I went! Mehmet and Noor provided us with background, instruction, snacks, chances to do several paper marblings, as well as try our new techniques out on a tile! They also engaged us in conversation, and let us know what places around Rotterdam might be good to visit. What a great experience to add to our memories of the Netherlands!
Katie
June 2019
We really enjoyed our paper marbling experience. It was little out of the way since we were staying in Amsterdam, but fun nonetheless. We made several works of art and left with a gift from Mehmet of calligraphy of our names. His daughter was very helpful in marbling techniques as well and offered advice when requested. There is also a second (or first location, depending how you look at it) in Rotterdam. We also had a private session as no one else had booked!
Sylvia
May 2019
The experience is for all people who want to invest their time in art and try new things. The technique is quite good to understand - and you will enjoy your time there making some art. Mehmet and his daughter (who was with us all day) were friendly and warm hearted I felt welcomed and had a great time. Thanks!

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.