Babanakkas Period Tezhip Course


Babanakkas was the head Nakkas (Artist) of the Ottoman Palace at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Period in the 15th Century. Baba Nakkas has given this period his name with his new styles and techniques.

The fig leaves, different mushroom motifs and flowers like Lily were used by Baba Nakkas both in Tezhip and on ceramics such as bowls, jugs, and vases.


During this workshop in the first day, students will analyse and learn how to draw and paint some of the Baba Nakkas motifs and use these motifs in a composition. In the second day, students will practice to paint and outline this composition.


You can find the samples of this work in the pictures.


*No previous art experience required* This workshop is suitable for beginners.

I will be hosting this class on google meet (an online platform). A couple days before the lesson you will get an invite email with the login information. After the class, you will get the pattern analyse and motifs as pdf file.


Date & Time for this 2-day Workshop

26th July 3:30 to 5:30pm (British Summer Time) (GMT+1)

2nd August 3:30 to 5:30pm (British Summer Time) (GMT+1)


Required Equipment & Materials

  • Watercolour Paper (300gsm)
  • A4 Paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • A ruler
  • Eraser
  • Palette
  • Gouache Paint (White and one of the following; Red, Green, or Blue)
  • 3-0, 2-0 Paint Brush


Babanakkas Period Tezhip/Illumination Course


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