For centuries exquisite Islamic floral and geometric patterns have decorated sacred illuminated manuscripts and Islamic texts, This traditional Ottoman style known as Munhani (curved Motifs) composes of large concentric floral elements painted in graduating tones making it an ideal introduction to the delicate art of Ottoman floral illumination
You will learn how to use gouaches to create balanced colour schemes in graduated tints complemented by a gold border and you will be able to paint a floral pattern prepared by the tutor or your own composition drawn in the workshop.
- An introduction to drawing traditional Münhani style floral forms
- Mixing a graduating tonal palette
- Painting curved forms in gradient tones of gouaches and gold
- Painting fine outlines in black gouache
- Overview of other traditional techniques and materials used
This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners to intermediate
Materials are not included in your course fee. Some materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £5 payable to the tutor during the course. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.
Please bring with you:
Selection of watercolour brushes (e.g no.00, no.0, no.2)
HB and B pencils, sketchbook/notebook and pencil/pen for notes and compositional development
Pencil sharpener, eraser and small ruler, jam jar & tissues
Sharmina is inspired by extensive travel to the Middle East, Morocco and Turkey and to India and the Far East. With a mathematical background, Sharmina has a keen interest in analysing & deconstructing historic geometric and floral patterns and has lead workshops in this area. She has developed her own style in watercolours and traditional illuminated artwork. Alongside her art, Sharmina is a keen advocate for the revival of traditional Islamic arts and methods. Sharmina has undertaken international commissions and her work has a wide following, some of her pieces can be seen on her Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/sharmina.haq/?hl=en