I can’t believe it!

I had a lot going on this year that I seem to forget about my blog!!

Although I’m active on social media but I don’t know why I’ve been posting less in my blog during the past few months. I’m constantly trying to balance between life, and work but I can’t seem to find that balance yet. Every once in a while I’m introduced to new experiences, meeting new people, and advancing in my own business especially through developing my artistic and designing skills. Lately, I’ve been experiencing constant changes a lot. And you know how much time it takes for you to adapt to the new changes only to be introduced to yet new changes. But the good thing is that I got back to reading books like I used to but this time I’m reading new genre which is Self-Improvments books.

I feel that at this point in life, I truly need to read such books. They help regain our balance from time to time. Sometimes, we’re just busy with life and such that we forget about tiny things that affect our lives. Getting caught up while running my own business makes me really want to reflect back to my life and evaluate the life I’m living right now. Did I achieve my goals? Do I need to change my goals? Am I happy with the life I’m living?

When we’re a little bit down we become pessimistic. That’s why at such time we only reflect on the bad experiences we encountered, negligence, or even the things or people we lost. But believe me, if you put those thoughts aside and think positively on how to change your life to a happy and healthy life, these pessimistic thoughts and memories soon vanish.

If you watch me on Snapchat or Instagram I always post the books I’m reading and sometimes I review them. But here I’ll post the book(s) I’m reading as well as a couple of other books that I want to read:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (currently reading)
  • Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins (currently reading)
  • True Happiness by Dr. Mark Atkinson (read)
  • The life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Konda (currently reading)
  • Spark Joy by Marie Konda (to-read)
  • How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have by John Gray (to-read)
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray (currently reading)

I will try to review each book in upcoming blog posts and perhaps even capture few pages from the books. And just like how I am alway inspired by people around me, I want to inspire you too and help you find your happiness.

Since I wrote a lot in this blog post, I will post my newest designs and illustrations in a later post. Meanwhile, you can follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to know more about my daily activities.

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Painting Hatayi Motifs 2


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Last week I finished recording the last video from painting my Hatai motifs. I used different materials to show you the difference in each one of the painted flowers. You can’t tell the difference until all the paint dried for sometimes when painting with pigments, the paint seems pale a little but when it dries you see it shimmering wonderfully!

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Also, there are types of pigments which I’ll talk about in one of my Youtube videos soon.

For the third motif I used the following materials:
+ Giotto brush n.4
+ Solo Goya gold acrylic
+ Gold pearl pigment ( 鳩居堂:KYUKYODO ) // You can substitute this with any other gold pigment from another brand.
+ Brilliant gold pearl pigment ( Jacquard Pearl EX Products )
+ Winsor and Newton mini watercolors palette
+ Liquid Arabic Gum
+ Auto eraser

And this is the painting process video:

As for the last video here are the materials used:
– Liquid Arabic Gum
– Solo Goya gold paint
– Japanese gold pearl pigment
– Plakkaatverf light gold 802
– Winsor and Newton mini watercolor palette

And this is the video:

Stay tuned for more videos!

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Painting a Hatayi Motif

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I uploaded two different videos of me painting the Hatais that I practice drawing every now and then. Ottoman patterns/motifs do require a lot of dedication, and patience. So when I have a busy schedule I tend to practice less and less. Yet, I always force myself to draw a simple motif so that I don’t forget the way to draw them and their shape. Although Hatais are flower motifs, yet they have a specific structure and drawing technique. I’ll post a video with a blog post later showing how you draw a Hatayi from the scratch.


How to Paint a Hatayi Part 1

The tools I used in the video are:
+ Winsor and Newton watercolors mini palette
+ Gold ink from Kuretake (Japanese brand) Website: http://www.kuretake.co.jp
+ Pencil to draw the motif

How to Paint a Hatayi Part 2

The Hatayi in this video is different from the previous one. Actually, there are many types of Hatayis which you can find in Ottoman Illumination Books but for a beginning, you can stick to few shapes until you’re confident enough to learn more.

The tools I used in the video are:

  • Liquid Arabic Gum
  • Winsor and Newton mini watercolors palette
  • Solo Goya Gold Acrylic Paint
  • Giotto Paint Brush n.4
  • Empty small container (to mix the paint with the Arabic Gum)



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Art Commission

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I’m doing a special art commission offer before the end of Ramadan where I’ll draw your outfit and as an optional choice I can even illustrate a light background like my latest fashion illustrations. If you wish to know more about the price, send me an email and we can discuss the details through it: anwaar(dot)a87(at)gmail(dot)com.

Below are some of my latest fashion illustrations where I illustrated Ramadan Kaftans and other fashion drawings from Met Gala and Cannes Film Festival 2017:

I constantly show the painting process for all of my designs on Snapchat: Artistakw. This is both my brand’s and my personal Snapchat account so you can follow me to watch more painting processes and tutorials in the future. Also, there are a couple of other images especially for the brown Kaftan illustration which you can see on Instagram.

If you have any further question(s), request, or wish to learn how-to illustrate a fashion illustration send me an email at any time. I already posted my email address above the images.


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Islamic Patterns & Tezhib

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Beginning 2015 I joined Turkish illumination/gilding course with my wonderful teacher Dilara Yarci. It simply means painting with gold. This requires special gold ink and technique to paint old Ottoman motifs. The complication of the process lies in drawing the motifs first, then at painting them. And one of the rules of illumination is to paint the full pattern with gold first then apply colors to it.

When I first started drawing patterns I discovered a way to draw corner patterns myself. From there it was easy to map the way I want to draw my simple patterns. So when I got into the Ottoman motifs I had a slight idea on the shapes but it wasn’t easy.

From there on, I bought several books to educate myself on how to draw Ottoman motifs. It was so challenging to learn everything myself but after years from reading, drawing, and watching other motif designers I began to know the technique behind drawing a full Ottoman motif.

Visiting Turkey helps with the learning process too! Visiting Camii’s (Masjids) with all of their beautiful patterns and decorations really inspire designers a lot.

In my last visit to Turkey I got to see yet new places and visit new Camiis. It was such a wonderful and amazing trip. Also, I managed to buy the most important tezhib/gilding tool which is the Muhre. This tool is used to brighten the gold letting it shine. And while I was looking at the other art tools in the store ( It’s called Guven Sanat: http://guvensanat.com ) I saw small watercolor palette that most artists and motif designers are using all over the Instagram. It’s really helpful to carry such a set with you anywhere even when traveling. At this point, I can’t seem to leave without my sketchbooks and markers.

Instead of leaving all of my materials behind I’d rather bring small sketchbook, markers, and this new small set of watercolors with me.

I’m posting photos of my pattern designs below. And if you have any question do not hesitate to shoot me an email at any time: anwaar.sa87@gmail.com.


The Magnificent Suleymania Cami

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May 9th, 2017

It was a coincident, but a beautiful one.

While I was searching for the old books in the Grand Bazaar of Turkey, I visited the Suleymania Cami for the first time ever. It was a bit far from the Misri Bazaar that my parents and I were walking in but it was worth the visit.

I was always curious as to where the Magnificent Suleyman was buried and I saw it with my own eyes today.

The structure of the Cami (Masjid) was truly magnificent. Not only because of its size, but even the design and number of domes. It was so spacious on the inside as it is on the outside. We were fortunate enough to walk around the place with a beautiful breezy weather.


Within the Cami/Masjid was located Sultan Suleyman’s tomb. He was a great leader with great history full of achievements. Next to his tomb were Mihrima Sultan his daughter, Suleiman II and his brother Ahmed, Dilaşub Saliha Sultan, and Ayşe Sultan.

Since Hurrem Sultan (Sultan Suleyman’s wife) died before him, she wasn’t buried next to his tomb. Yet, they were all buried at the same Cami.


I’ve always been fascinated by the Ottoman Empire’s history and I read a lot about it. So watching the Sarays (Palaces) they ruled from, their tombs, and everything related to their history feels truly wonderful.

Note: I did cover up the whole journey in my Snapchat: Artistakw. You can watch the story before it disappears. Else, you lost a great chance to watch this beautiful Cami.

Here are some photos:


This was a quick post for you guys to have time to look at more photos in my Snapchat account. But you can also wait for a better coverup of this story in a future blog post.

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Over a Month

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I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted a blog post!

A lot have been going around and my whole schedule got ruined almost every day. I was planning for a new online course but had to abandon the idea for the time being. I still am running around to get some errands done as well as work for my brand. I think it’s time for me to partner with others to help sustain the company else I’ll run out of energy, hehe.

Anyway, I’m still creating daily content for my social media accounts (personal and my brands: Artistakw) which kept me busy few hours of the day. Then comes the planning for how to spend the rest of the day.

Since January I had a restless schedule full of work and meetings. I’d love to discuss the details but I still think it’s too early for me to do that. All I can say is that I’m starting a new idea for a project with partners this time.

During that time I explored different coffee shops in Kuwait. I created a short list of the coffee shops I tried:



@Cafcafe: Located in Crystal Tower, Sharq



@Pick Yo: They have several branches but the one I went to is located in Lily Center, Shuwaikh.



Located in Crown Plaza, Farwaniya


@VOL1: Located in Sharq, Kuwait



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30 digital illustrations for Instagram

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Last month I decided to challenge myself on Instagram. Being a graphic designer I thought of designing new illustrations or designs for my social media platforms. After thinking about it I came up with a simple idea of uploading a character design daily for a whole month. It’s both a practice and an engaging process of letting people question whom I’ll post next. For me, I truly enjoyed the process of designing those digital illustrations and happy to see how skilled I am at creating textures, backgrounds, and effects.

I’m posting some of the digital illustrations I designed but you can see the rest in my brand Instagram: @Artistakw.

And here is the process video which you can find in my brand’s Youtube channel:


Artista Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNPYdpk8E155OY3-yX04jOA

Don’t forget to leave a comment or like the video if you enjoyed watching the design process ;).

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