What is Islamic Illumination?

Islamic illumination is a traditional from of Islamic art. The main goal in this art is to use of gold to paint geometric and/or biomorphic patterns (organic and floral forms and motifs) to decorate the pages of Quran and books of poetry. Read More.

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Islamic Pattern Units الوحدات الزخرفية الإسلامية

Islamic patterns are divided to four major units: geometric unit, vegetation unit, animal based unit and Arabic calligraphy unit. Each of them is defined in this post - الوحدات الزخرفية تتكون من أربعة عناصر: الهندسية والنباتية والحيوانية والخطية

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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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