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Happy New Year!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 31, 2018, 2:05 AM

[Extracts from my December newsletter. To receive it monthly by email, sign up here.]

Greetings on this last day of 2018! I am just back from holidays home in Lebanon, where I spent half my time collecting and processing wild pigments I intend to use in upcoming pieces. Lebanese earth is as warm(-blooded) as its people, with a palette spanning the entire range of reds, oranges, yellows and warm browns, with a little white and grey thrown in. I'm attempting to catalogue them so I can see the full range properly — 33 batches in all for this trip. Here's a picture of me high up a frozen mountain, collecting from a spot that had just started to thaw.

More of the story behind this, and photos of the landscapes, in this Patreon post.

Heads up! In January I am launching another Make100 Kickstarter project that I have been preparing for quite a long time. Its nature is still a secret, but here's a hint: It's a publication... but not a book.

Until next month, Happy New Year!

Sign-ups are open for my next Manuscript Kufic course, which will take place at the Arab British Centre on the following dates:
Thursday 28 February 6 - 8 pm
Saturday 2 March 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 3 March 10 am - 6 pm

Find all details and enroll here.

More Art Supplies are starting to turn up in the shop, starting with:
  • Reed pens, square- or oblique-cut: Cut and tested by me, they are 4 for 3, so you can compose your own set.
  • Wild inks: The fruits of my experiments with botanicals, these are fun and unusual, but changing over time. See the product description for more on this. Right now the listing only offers the very last of my sumac and sloe batches, but more to come. Suitable for reed pens, dip pens and brushes.
  • Oakgall ink: The original black manuscript ink. This is a more elaborate version of the recipe I use in class, for a deeper black result. Suitable for reed pens, dip pens and brushes.

Find them all in the Majnouna shop!

the sketchbook


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United Kingdom
"One of the fundamental conditions of happiness is to know that everything that one does has a meaning in eternity" - Titus Burckhardt

I trained in graphic design and my body of work encompasses illustration, comics, tutorials, digital games and children's books. I was apprenticed to a master calligrapher for several years and I am now settled in London, UK, where I am dedicated full-time to my own calligraphy, going deeper into the potential of the ancient art of the Kufic script, which I also teach, while pursuing illustration for my own pleasure. I'm also an avid cook and baker, and all-time animal lover, with a passion for ethnography and a history of globetrotting.

You'll find my work on my dual website, Majnouna (calligraphy) / Cedarseed (everything else). My CV is here.


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mimbreyn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2018
Love your work...especially the birds.
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Good to hear :)
helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018
Your calligraphy is amazing.  Well worth a watch.  I look forward to seeing more of your work! :)
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it!
helopilotoh58 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2018
You're welcome!  :)
SamaxRex Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2018
thank you for the llama, my friend

here's a random song i like
AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there! :la:

Nice art :wow:  If you're ever looking to share your work with other people, live, you should check out #ThumbHub on dAmn (Did you know we had a chat system!? A lot of people don't :( ) We get a lot of great artists popping in to share their work and it varies from Traditional art, to photography, to poetry :) Also a great place to gain more exposure for your art AND to make some new friends xx

Hope to see you there some time :heart:

Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Probably not, but thanks anyway!
Quicksilver-88 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018
Happy Birthday!!!
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Very belated thanks :)
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