From Graphics to Fashion and Jewelry Designer

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Today’s blog post is more interesting this time. For a while I was constantly thinking about publishing this post but wanted to focus more on the content and make sure everything is as planned. So here it is and enjoy reading.

Designed apparel

Since late 2016 I decided to design my own clothes. The idea was there but I didn’t feel I was ready to start producing my own designed clothes! A lot of questions popped up in my mind like ‘what kind of fabric will I use?’ ‘Will this design really work?’ … etc. But when I took the first step I found it to be easier than I thought before. The first step can always be the hardest but it’s worth it in the end.

Being precise in exactly what I wanted to design makes everything easier than adding too little details. In the past, I used to draw a first sketch and leave the drawing as it was. With time, I learned to add as many details and notes to make the whole drawing pop up more.

Baby Pink

My very first designed clothes was a baby pink jacket with a belt. Since the fabric is thick it’s suitable for fall/winter. Kuwait’s weather is hot so wearing it even in Spring is not a very good idea.

Patterned Short Dress

Last year I partnered with a new brand called ‘Estilo’. Estilo is a textile design company that is specialized in designing patterns and producing fabrics (premade and customized). So what I did was that I designed this short dress using one of Estilo’s fabric which turned beautiful.

Maroon Dress


This dress is a little bit different. It was designed similar to the patterned short dress you saw above but with twists, different fabric, and different hem.

Wide Black Pants ( Skirt Pant )


Rather than designing the regular stick pants I wanted to go with a wide legged pants instead. Since I’m petit I don’t always find suitable wide pants for me so I decided to produce my own for my size. It looks amazing and suits my body a lot.

Designed Jewelry


The other category I worked on the past months was jewelry design. This is all part of opening my mind to new opportunities. Designing jewelry differs from designing clothes or merely sketching a light sketch. Producing jewelry is a little bit complicated and you have to be as precise when drawing the necklace or ring you want to produce.

Since this is a personal project, I decided to produce my own name. Whenever I wear it I feel that it gives a special vibe to me.

If you would like to custom-order a necklace or a dress kindly contact me:

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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:
+ 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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What Kept Me Busy? Part 2

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I thought of diving this topic into two posts so that I don’t bombard you with a lot of text. And I know for sure that this series will continue for the next months too.

In last October I joined an online Fashion Course with a duration of 12 weeks. I and the other students were tasked with a weekly challenge with a different topic each week. It was one interesting homework that I truly enjoyed doing. You know when you let your creativity and ideas just flow and take control … yeah, it was such a thing.

My schedule wasn’t too crowded in October so I had more time to spend on the challenges. However, in November it was completely different. Sometimes I just don’t want to remember how busy I was last month. I had to prepare for the DAI festival, and to my luck I had to pay the dentist a couple of visits where he suggested I get rid of my wisdom teeth. And this alone was a big story. Not to mention the emergencies that occur without a prior notice, as well as social gatherings. I also got invited to attend my friend’s book signing session and I had to stay active in social media. I have two different accounts to handle and multiple websites to manage. So imagine how my life was. I certainly don’t want to remember that time of the year.

Let me stop ranting for a bit so I can get back to the main topic of this post.

Breath in, breath out … Here it goes!

I won’t go through the whole theme and process thing but I’ll show you some of my own designs and ideas.



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New Designs

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I had a lot going on this year. So the past few months (until now, though) have been a true roller-coaster for me. That’s why I wasn’t too consistent with my designs and I got lost too many times. However, these days I’m setting things right once and for all so there is no returning point and definitely no time for tears.

Although I’m a designer specialized in patterns but when people don’t understand what patterns are and such I get confused to and start questioning myself about my own specialization. I tried changing it more than once but I always get back to it. Deep down I’m positive that this is the right path for me but it’s just that it needs some time before it can take off and I start working on real commissions rather than design personal projects.

I bought three different books that talk about the Ottoman patterns. After attending a course on gold gilding I was determined to learn more about Tezhip and the Ottoman patterns. It’s such a wonderful art that made me see patterns in another angle. Prior to that, my patterns were random and weren’t too attractive but nowadays I’m really happy with the progress I did.

I traveled last month for 10 days so I had to stop my work at that time and then got back to it after I returned. The problem is that when I’m motivated enough to work I hate getting distracted but sometimes things don’t go my way. So I needed a lot of time before I got back to work for real. I’ve been having too many distractions lately that forced me to drop my work and start again with new ideas and schedule. Whereas it would’ve been a lot easier for me to work daily with consistency.


These days I’ve been working on Ottoman patterns a lot. Although I yet to learn more but I’m really happy with the latest designs I did using the knowledge I had. Once I get even better at designing them, I’m thinking of giving out a basic workshop for anyone interested. I’m really excited for this experience and I can’t wait to start working on it.

Lately I’m so fond of flowers. Since getting into patterns I enjoy illustrating flowers. Even when drawing Ottoman patterns I heavily rely on flowers. Below are sketches for my latest patterns which I yet to paint:

The part that scares me the most when designing Ottoman patterns is painting. I question myself a lot as to what colors to use. The thing is that I’m not into reds and greens so I end up using gold and black with a little of light pink and white. Instead of blue I use turquoise to balance out the whole design. I love this colors combination for it doesn’t leave the design too bright. I yet to experiment with the painting part for I always spend more time on sketching than painting. So I’ll work on painting my designs these days along with drawing new patterns.

Guys let me know what you think about my designs because I’m thinking of doing live sketching/painting in the next couple of weeks.

You can watch the process on Snapchat: Artistakw.

And my instagram: Anwaar.saleh.

Drawing Patterns Online Course

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I was going to wait a little bit longer before publishing this post but I couldn’t wait!

For few months I had in mind undergoing a new experience. Which is teaching. I was going to hold an actual teaching course but I didn’t have enough time to prepare. It was two weeks before Ramadan that I finally decided to give it a try. And those two weeks weren’t enough at all. Anyway, I stopped preparations and focused on my daily sketching routine.

I joined last year and I’ve been keeping an eye for classes related to my brand and specialization. I enrolled in many classes but didn’t finish all of them. I liked how organized the website is and the whole teaching process is made easy. I never thought that teaching online is not that hard!

Which is why …. I’m challenging myself by teaching online in Skillshare!


It’s a new experience for me and I definitely am shaky and a little worried. English is not my first language which feels like an obstacle to me. Second, I’m not familiar with the whole teaching thing which makes me indecisive sometimes on the way I should be transmitting certain ideas. Yet, as long as I have the opportunity to try teaching online for the first time ever I will grab this chance and learn from my mistakes later.

So without any further a due, here are the details:

Below is a 1-minute intro to the course:

Title: Drawing Patterns on Fashion Illustrations.

Since my main specialization is patterns I decided to give out this short course on patterns.


The duration of this online course is around 16 minutes, and I chose two patterns to illustrate. The first one is lace and the second is golden swirls. Since it’s not a full course I’m illustrating them quickly while explaining how to do so.

I’m publishing the intro video tonight and will begin uploading the rest of the videos the next couple of days. So you access the project here:

For more, you can view my instagram and snapchat to learn more about the process and updates:

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