Posts in Tutorials
Botanical Indian Miniature

The subject of botany in Indian miniature is different than the how it is portrayed and painted in European/Western botanical studies. The subjects in Indian miniature are stylised plants and trees that are more focused on the aesthetics and the beauty of nature rather than the scientific aspect. As the name suggests a lot of the miniature work is done on a small scale with very fine brushes.

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How to get started with Islamic patterns?

How to get started with Islamic patterns? I am writing this guide to help you get started with Islamic art and patterns.

  • What is Islamic Art?

  • What are islamic patterns?

  • What are the islamic pattern types?

  • Where to learn islamic geometric patterns?

  • Where to learn biomorphic patterns?

  • What’s the meaning of Islamic pattern?

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Botanical painting

This post covers the basics of botanical drawing and botanical painting and break it down to eight steps that will help you get started.

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Learn Islamic Illumination/Tezhip Online

Have you always wanted to learn the art of islamic illumination (tezhip) and it is always taught far away from you? Well now you can learn the basics with me online and start making your own gold and painting with it following the traditional painting order!

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Turkish Illumination Tutorial Tezhip التذهيب بالطريقة التركية التقليدية

This is step-by-step, detailed tutorial about the traditional Turkish/Ottoman Islamic illumination painting with pictures. | هذا درس مفصل بالصور عن طريقة التذهيب الإسلامي على الطريقة التركية العثمانية

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Persian Illuminations Tutorial التذهيب التقليدي الإيراني

This is step-by-step, detailed tutorial about the traditional Persian Islamic illumination painting with pictures. | هذا درس مفصل بالصور عن طريقة التذهيب الإسلامي على الطريقة الإيرانية/الفارسية

How to paint a Persian Islamic illumination?

  • Prepare your paper with tea and burnishing.

  • Make your colours from natural pigments and gum arabic.

  • Make your shell gold by hand.

  • Choose a design, transfer it then ink it with walnut ink

  • Paint it with gold first then burnish it

  • Outline everything with the black ink

  • Add the rest of the colours in the background.

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