This Online course will cover how to construct a Munhani design, to be applied around calligraphy or use as a central design, using traditional Ottoman illumination rules.

In this class students will learn the key elements of Munhani motifs and how to use them within rules of Tezhip/Art of Illumination.

These rules and motifs can be applied in the creation of different animal designs such as birds, swans or fishes.

After drawing of the pattern, there will be demonstration of painting of a munhani motif.


Course Date: 14th June 2020

Time: 16:00-19:00 (BST)


I will send everyone an email (by Thursday) including an information sheet of Tezhip/Art of Illumination and a link which will give you access to the class on Sunday.

The course will be done online on Google meet.


REQUIRED equipment & materials


  • Pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Eraser
  • 300gsm watercolour paper 
  • Watercolour or gouache paint 
  • Optional – A compass
  • Optional – A ruler


Munhani / Illumination Workshop


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