Draw & Paint Islamic Patterns: Eightfold Islamic Geometry
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Draw & Paint Islamic Patterns: Eightfold Islamic Geometry

Learn to construct, trace, transfer, tile & paint six compositions based on four patterns from around the Islamic world.
4.6 (198 ratings)
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Created by Samira Mian
Last updated 7/2017
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Construct four different eightfold Islamic geometric patterns
  • Trace, transfer and tile the pattern to create a larger composition.
  • Create an interwoven effect.
  • Add colour and create different finishes using watercolour pencils and paints.
  • Create a subtle 3D effect by outlining in paint or metallic pen.
Requirements
  • You will need a hard pencil, a soft pencil, paper, straight edge (i.e. ruler), compass, colouring pencils & pens to construct and outline the patterns. The hard pencil (2H or harder) for construction, the soft pencils (HB/B/2B) for outlining and tracing. To transfer the pattern you will need tracing paper, masking tape, spoon and watercolour paper. To colour the pattern, watercolour pencils or paints, paint brushes or aquabrush, tissue, pot of water, palette, pipette. To outline the pattern you will need a fineliner (waterproof) or metallic pen.
  • You should have previous experience in drawing with a pencil, ruler and compass.
Description

In each of the four Sections you will learn to construct a different Islamic Geometric Pattern using a compass and ruler.

Section 2: An Itimud Ud Daula Pattern - The  Mausoleum Walls

Section 3: A Bou Inania Pattern -  The Wooden Jaali

Section 4: An Alhambra Pattern - The Static Geometric Rosette Variation

Section 5: A Moroccan Pattern - The Classic Zellige

These patterns each have a different underlying grid all based on one circle being divided into eight. Once the pattern is constructed, you will see how to trace, transfer and tile the pattern in to a bigger composition. 

I will also provide  alternative tilings and variations so that you can create a final composition of your choice. I will complete each unit by showing you how I use watercolour pencils and paints on watercolour paper to create a final colourful composition for each unit.

Who this course is for:
  • Suitable for who have completed the "Draw Islamic Geometric Patterns With A Compass And Ruler" beginners course
  • Suitable for those who have some other previous experience of drawing with a pencil, ruler and compass.
Course content
Expand all 31 lectures 02:31:42
+ An Itimud Ud Daula Pattern - The Mausoleum Walls
5 lectures 27:06

In this video you are taken step by step through a demonstration of the compass and straight egde construction of an eightfold composition. Use the step by step pdf file (attached to this lecture as a resource) to help you through its stages.

Equipment needed:  Paper, 2H pencil, compass, ruler, eraser, fineliners or colouring pencils/pens

Constructing the pattern
09:13

For a final piece, you may want to redraw the pattern at a different scale in order to tile it. This lecture will help you plan this final piece, by showing you the options and calculations needed. 

No equipment needed.

Planning
04:13

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to trace the pattern.

Equipment: The original construction, tracing paper, masking tape, ruler and a sharp 2B pencil.

Tracing the pattern
02:09

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to transfer the pattern to watercolour paper (I use 300gsm rough paper)

Equipment: The traced pattern on tracing paper, masking tape, watercolour paper, ruler, a sharp 2B pencil and spoon.

Transferring
04:24

In this lecture, I demonstrate how you can use a range of watercolour pencils and aqua brush to add colour creating a final piece with a softer finish.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, watercolour pencils, aquabrush  and tissue.


Painting
07:07
+ A Bou Inania Pattern - The Wooden Jaali
8 lectures 40:40

In this video you are taken step by step through a demonstration of the compass and straight egde construction of second eightfold composition. Use the step by step pdf file (attached to this lecture as a resource) to help you through its stages.

Equipment needed:  Paper, 2H pencil, compass, ruler, eraser, fineliners or colouring pencils/pens

Construction
10:34

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to trace the pattern.

Equipment: The original construction, tracing paper, masking tape, ruler and a sharp 2B pencil.

Tracing the pattern
03:23

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to use the original pattern/tracing of outline to create a weave on tracing paper.

Equipment: The original construction/outlined pattern, tracing paper, masking tape, ruler, eraser and a sharp 2B pencil, plain paper.

Preview 06:16

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to transfer the pattern to watercolour paper (I use 300gsm rough paper). By repeatedly transferring it we can create a fuller final piece.

Equipment: The traced pattern on tracing paper, masking tape, watercolour paper, ruler, a sharp 2B pencil and spoon.


Transferring and tiling
04:54

In this lecture, I begin the process of adding colour - using watercolour paints. The first stage is applying a wash.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes and pot of water

Painting - Applying a wash
03:41

In this lecture, I prepare the watercolour.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes and pot of water

Preparing colours for painting
02:00

In this lecture, I paint the pattern using watercolour paints.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes and pot of water

Painting
05:56

In this lecture,we complete the final piece by checking the piece and making final touches. Then add a metallic outline to create a 3D effect

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes, pot of water, metallic pen and ruler.

3D outline and final touches
03:56
+ An Alhambra Pattern - The Static Geometric Rosette Variation
4 lectures 22:31

In this video you are taken step by step through a demonstration of the compass and straight egde construction of the third eightfold composition. Use the step by step pdf file (attached to this lecture as a resource) to help you through its stages.

Equipment needed:  Paper, 2H pencil, compass, ruler, eraser, fineliners or colouring pencils/pens

Constructing the pattern
08:09

In this lecture we look at options for the final piece, choosing the shape to be outlined or choosing to tile it with a square unit tile.

No equipment needed.

Planning the Final Piece
01:13

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to transfer the pattern to watercolour paper (I use 300gsm rough paper).

Equipment: The traced pattern on tracing paper, masking tape, watercolour paper, ruler, a sharp 2B pencil and spoon.


Tracing and Transfering the Pattern
03:20

In this lecture, I paint the pattern using watercolour paints - going for a more intense finish with the same watercolours.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes and pot of water

Painting the Pattern
09:49
+ A Moroccan Pattern - The Classic Zellige
13 lectures 56:44

In this video you are taken step by step through a demonstration of the compass and straight egde construction of the forth and eightfold composition. Use the step by step pdf file (attached to this lecture as a resource) to help you through its stages.

Equipment needed:  Paper, 2H pencil, compass, ruler, eraser, fineliners or colouring pencils/pens.

Construction
09:39

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to trace the whole pattern.

Equipment: The original construction, tracing paper, masking tape, ruler and a sharp 2B pencil.

Tracing the pattern
01:47

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to trace a quarter of the pattern.

Equipment: The original construction, tracing paper, masking tape, ruler and a sharp 2B pencil.


Tracing one quarter
01:53

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to transfer the pattern to watercolour paper (I use 300gsm rough paper)

Equipment: The traced pattern on tracing paper, masking tape, watercolour paper, ruler, a sharp 2B pencil and spoon.


Transferring the original pattern
01:26

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to transferand tile the pattern to watercolour paper (I use 300gsm rough paper)

Equipment: The traced pattern on tracing paper, masking tape, watercolour paper, ruler, a sharp 2B pencil and spoon.


Transferring and tiling one quarter - variation 1
02:15

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to transfer and tile the pattern to watercolour paper (I use 300gsm rough paper)

Equipment: The traced pattern on tracing paper, masking tape, watercolour paper, ruler, a sharp 2B pencil and spoon.


Transferring and tiling one quarter - variation 2
02:10

In this lecture, I demonstrate how we can begin with an outlined pattern before we add colour.

Equipment: The transferred pattern, ruler and waterproof fine outliner pen in sepia, black or dark brown.

Outlining - Original and variation 1 & 2
03:56

In this lecture, I paint the pattern systematically using watercolour paints using shades of green and blue.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes and pot of water

Painting the original pattern
09:39

In this lecture,we complete the final piece by checking the piece and making final touches. Then add a metallic outline to create a 3D effect

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes, pot of water, metallic pen and ruler.

Final outlining the original painting
02:57

In this lecture, I paint the pattern systematically using watercolour paints.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes and pot of water

Painting variation 1
08:42

In this lecture,we complete the final piece by checking the piece and making final touches. Then add a metallic outline to create a 3D effect

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes, pot of water, metallic pen and ruler.

Final outlining and touches for variation 1
02:09

In this lecture, I paint the pattern systematically using watercolour paints.

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes and pot of water

Painting variation 2
08:40

In this lecture,we complete the final piece by checking the piece and making final touches. Then add a metallic outline to create a 3D effect

Equipment: Transferred pattern on watercolour paper, tissue, watercolour paints, pipette, palette,  brushes, pot of water, metallic pen and ruler.

Final outlining and touches for variation 2
01:31