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Amazing painting in water

Tao Jin, a post-80s boy graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, has been attracted by the magic of painting when he saw Ebru (paper marbling) for the first time at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Last year, Turkish Ebru was listed on the World Intangible Cultural Heritage List, but this ancient art is not to pass on to foreigners. As a result, it took him one year to solve the mystery of painting in the water.
How to paint on the water? The first secret lies in the base solution being poured down. "Only when the base solution is neither thin nor thick and has a few impurities after stirring can the paint be dispersed with control in the water without affecting the aesthetic feeling of the appearance of the painting," said Tao Jin. The raw materials are three plant roots and stems that can be easily bought in Turkey and are used for cooking locally.
The process of making the "base solution" is not easy. It has strict temperature limits, and one have to constantly stir for several hours. The control of the proportion of the powders ground from raw materials in water is a test to the skill of the painter, as well as one of the "core techniques" in the painting process.
Actually, there are secrets in these paints that seem common as well. As ox bile has been added, the paint can float on the water. However, it has reached the limit with seven kinds of paint used. Tao Jin said, "When more than seven kinds of paints are used, the density of paint may be higher than that of the base solution, and the paint would slowly sink, which would make the painter unable to paint on the paper with the paint."
The tools for Ebru painting are quite special. The fan brushes are not used for painting but to slightly shake off the paint into the water and the tea needles used for dividing Puer tea are the "brushes" for painting.
Use a "brush" to slightly beat against the index finger, and the paint dripping in the water would gradually disperse with the ripples, and then the beautiful marbling is formed.
After seeing the paint freely disperse in the water, Tao Jin took up a tea needle and slightly outlined. With branches and leaves gradually shaping up one after another and the tulips dancing in the water, ripples also appeared in the heart of viewers.
To avoid the paint from sinking when it takes too long, Tao Jin is slight and quick in his movement when painting in the water. Several minutes later, the pattern of flowers with lively colours appeared on the surface of the water. Put a piece of white paper on the surface of the water and slowly pull it out, and then the painting in the water will be completely transferred onto the paper.