Negative Painting Technique in Turkish Illumination

Nagihan Seymour

Negative Painting Technique in Turkish Illumination

Date:  Friday, 2 October 2020
Time: 6-9 pm (BST)
Duration: 3 hours
Fee: £20 (excludes materials)
Class Size: Min. 4 – Max.14 participants
Instructor: Nagihan Seymour

Required Equipment & Materials: Watercolour Paper (300gsm), A4 Paper, Tracing paper, Pencil, A ruler, Eraser, Palette, Gouache or watercolour Paint (White, Black and one of the followings: Red, Green, Blue), 3-0 and 0 Paint Brush


This ONLINE workshop will cover  “Negative Painting Technique” by artist Nagihan Seymour.

Negative painting technique, which is also known as double outlining, is one of the major painting styles in Turkish Illumination.

This painting style was discovered and used first time by an outstanding master of Tezhip, Kara Memi, in the 16th century.

During this workshop students will get an overview of Kara Memi negative style paintings. They will learn how to transform a floral Tezhip motif to a negative style motif. They will also see how to use it in a Shamsa composition.


Classes will take place through ZOOM, an online platform. 
ZOOM in 2 Easy Steps:
1. You will need an internet enabled device with a microphone and camera such as a laptop, phone or tablet.
Phones and tablets: Download zoom app.
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2. You will receive a personalised link. The link will take you directly to your virtual classroom.

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Course Features

  • Max Students14
  • Duration3 hour
  • Skill levelall
  • LanguageEnglish
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Nagihan Seymour
Nagihan Seymour

Nagihan Seymour is a UK based Turkish artist. Although she is a materials engineer, she has been interested in art since her university years. She started to study traditional arts privately in 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, learning the tradition and techniques involved in the discipline from Hanifi Dursun. Manuscript illumination was the major part of her studies, and as her style has developed she started to combine sacred geometry with classic illumination, putting a modern twist on an ancient art form. She had her first solo exhibition “Reflection and Illumination” in March 2017 at The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, which was one of the bestselling exhibitions of the gallery.
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