A pencil sketch is the beginning yet it only shows the general look of the design. With colors, painting technique and outlines each pattern will have its own identity of beauty.
There are limited choices of colors to use for traditional Ottoman Illumination Painting, yet each pattern has a different ambiance to it.
If you’re used to painting with pure gold, the white gold will look more like a silver paint. Still with dark colors it’ll look beautiful with the details and all. However, the darker the background the better for the white gold.
Halkar style doesn’t requite background painting. That’s why you see a lot of space around the motifs. In Halkar, the design depends on gold and outlines. So at this point, the design is complete.