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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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.

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