Why Islamic Illumination?

I dedicate this blog post to every single person who wants to understand why I’m working on Ottoman Islamic Illumination Art, and what to expect when you learn it. While I was working in a graphic design, I fell in love with designing patterns. At that time, my designs were pure digital designs. Even the…

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New Choice

I’m constantly looking for new opportunities. Expanding one’s abilities and skills is essential with time. The most important question to ask yourself constantly, ‘what is it that I want?’. We can easily get attempted by others’ stories and lifestyles, soon adapting their ambitions to our lives and live as though they are our ambitions. Only…

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Upcoming Online Islamic Illumination Art Workshop

Just like the previous workshop I’m publishing this post for the upcoming online workshop. This post will be updated constantly until the workshop is fully published. This is the design we’ll be working on: The online workshop will be published as one full workshop. It won’t be divided like the previous course. But it’ll still…

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White Gold Halkar Şemse

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…

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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…

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Islamic Patterns & Tezhib

Follow my blog with Bloglovin 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…

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