So here it is, finally finished 🙏💙. You will notice that the last illuminated piece I finished and this one have some similarities. I wanted them to be a pair but still unique. I've mentioned this before but
the combination of geometry and arabesque (floral design) is something I find especially beautiful. A lot of the old illuminated Quranic pages are full of these types of designs and I could analyse them forever. How the artisans of the past managed to achieve such tiny detail in their work is beyond me.
The truly testing part in this painting was the small white motifs that circle the central star. I struggled to keep my brush steady and needed the lines to be thinner than I've ever had to paint them. It actually annoys me to look at them because they aren't as smooth as I hoped for! But hey I do love this one and I'm so happy it's complete!! 💙