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Draw Islamic Geometric Patterns With A Compass And Ruler

Learn to Construct, Outline, Tile And Interlace Five Different Patterns.

4.95 / 5.0
2822 students1 hours 27 minutes

Created by Samira Mian, offered on Udemy

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This course currently has a bestcourses score of 8.1/10, which makes it a great course to learn from. On our entire platform, only 15% of courses achieve this rating!


In this course I demonstrate how to construct five Islamic Geometric Patterns step by step using the traditional method of a compass and straight edge.I will also provide you with a DOWNLOADABLE Step-by-Step handout PDF file for each pattern to supplement the video demonstrations.

In each unit you will learn to construct an underlying grid and outline an Islamic geometric pattern. This course consists of four units:

- A Sixfold Pattern: The Star and Hexagon

- An Eightfold Pattern: The Khatam * PLUS* additional pattern variations

- A Sixfold Pattern: The Ferozkoh Jaali

- An Eighfold Pattern: The Geometric Rosette

PLUS one final bonus unit: UNIT 5: a DOWNLOADABLE Step-by-Step handout PDF for drawing a:

Chinese Qur'anic Manuscript Arcing Motif

You will also learn additional techniques:

- Tiling the pattern, for both fourfold and and sixfold patterns;

- Creating a ribbon effect to interlace the pattern;

- Transferring the pattern using tracing paper and a spoon;

- Adding colour using watercolour pencils and an aquabrush.

Depending on your pace, each pattern may take 10 to 20 minutes to construct. The interlacing and tiling will take longer. As you work through the course, you will develop your compass and ruler and construction skills. Each pattern is a level up from the previous.

You will need a compass, ruler, pencil, plain paper, tracing paper, eraser and masking tape.  I also use watercolour pencils and an aquabrush. However, you will gain enough skills to be able to transfer a pattern to the surface of your choice - how you add the colour is up to you, colouring pens or pencils, paints and beyond!

This course is aimed at beginners with an interest in the geometric patterns they have seen in and around the Islamic world and beyond. Many people haven't used a compass since their school days, if that's you, you can rediscover all the potential it holds.

All the videos on this course feature a remixed version of the song "Montmartre" by Jahzzar, from the Free Music Archive used under CC BY-SA 3.0

What you will learn

  • Construct four different islamic geometric patterns
  • Outline the pattern having constructed an underlying grid
  • Tile eightfold and sixfold patterns.
  • Create an interlaced effect.
  • Add colour using multiple layered watercolour pencils and aquabrush


  • You will need a pencil, paper, transparent straight edge (i.e. ruler) and compass to construct the patterns. Specifically 2H pencil for construction, 2B pencil for outlining and tracing. To transfer the pattern you will need tracing paper, masking tape and a spoon. If you are able to source a transparent ruler with parallel lines marked on it, it would be beneficial. These are often found quilting & paper cutting. Colouring pencils & pens and paints are optional.
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  • Price: $34.99
  • Platform: Udemy
  • Language: English
  • 1 hours 27 minutes
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bestcourses score: 8.1/10

This course is better than many others in its category.