Painting a Cloud Pattern


It’s a cloud pattern this time. Being confused at the beginning as to how to draw a certain motif, or how to construct a full pattern is completely normal. It takes some time to understand the concept and practice it. Yet, if you learned it from a professional or have your own source of learning books and such it’s easier.

islamic illumination

The more you learn about Tezhip, the more details and varieties you find. For instance, there are many types of Rumi motifs you can choose from for your painting. Even the compositions vary when designing your next pattern. And let’s not forget the various painting techniques as well.


The interesting part is that you can paint with more than one gold. Yet, it’s better to minimize the usage to a maximum of two different golds. All of that, creates a space for you to do your pattern with as much creativity and style. And that’s the beauty of it.

If you wish to learn how to draw an Ottoman pattern, I’m offering an online course where I teach students how to draw a pattern from scratch. There is another part coming soon for the whole painting process so stay tuned for it:

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