When Zahra began exploring Islamic geometric art, she was immediately drawn in by the complexity behind the intersecting shapes and, how she describes it, the way the designs bring ‘meaning to your eyes’. A design can travel from feeling like you’re searching and exploring the art unknown—unsure of what the final outcome will be—to discovering the limitless possibilities of patterns. A practice that we’ve found envelopes you as soon as you get started building and shaping your custom design.
Under Zahra’s expert guidance, we will learn how to construct each intricate design. She makes this beautifully complex artform incredibly approachable by walking us through each step in the digital tutorial — plus we have a step-by-step guide you can follow along with. Once you learn how to construct the patterns, Zahra teaches us how to transfer the design onto watercolor paper. We will also be learning how to tessellate, or repeat the design, in a tile pattern that can be as complex or simple as you want. Finally, we will finish with water coloring and lining the design with one of Zahra’s favorite tools — a fluid writer pen. This unique tool is perfect to outline your creations for a stunning finished look. Once you’ve just finished creating a beautiful piece of fine art for your home, you can use your knowledge of geometry to seek infinite possibilities for even more creating.