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9 Blessings by Majnouna 9 Blessings by Majnouna
My calligraphy designs are original and fully protected. Reproducing them in any shape or form, including tattoos, is not allowed without permission. To commission a design please see [link] .

EDIT: Made this available on a few products on Cafepress :)

I made this yesterday; for a few days I had been working on a calligraphic challenge to myself, which was to create a square Kufi composition of a certain number of blessings that are recurrent motifs in traditional (lay) calligraphy. I managed it yesterday morning after several solutions I wasn't happy with (I discuss them on my sketch blog). The rule of square Kufi is that the balance of black and white must be absolutely maintained, meaning equal width everywhere. Beyond that, the shape of the letters can be stretched sometimes beyond recognition, and legibility is irrelevant. I wanted to avoid absurd stretching though, and keep them reasonably legible. I also wanted a spiraling movement as opposed to having everything horizontally, and, though it makes things a lot more complicated, I wanted to keep the dots (which are usually eliminated) because they add a lot of visual interest.
The 9 words are:
Benediction بركة
Good fortune يمن
Pleasure سرور
Grace نعمة
Peace سلام
Exultation غبطة
Health عافية
Happiness سعادة
Light نور

So, when I managed the design, I felt like reproducing it in real, and pulled out one of the gorgeous papers I had been keeping forever. The photo is poor but it allows its white-on-white silkscreen pattern to show. The dots are gilded, the rest painted in sepia watercolor, through which the paper's pattern peeks. The total piece is 46x46cm.

I'm selling the original for $50 (shipping included) note me if interested. sold!

Please do not copy this design. It is my own and not a traditional one int he public domain. All rights reserved.
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:icontsadeviant:
tsadeviant Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
this looks like www.hrqr.org (human readable qr code)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
How funny!
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fawad87 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student
wow!its not easy to do this manually,beautiful...
Kufi square always attracts me,recently I have tried to compose 2 words in Kufi square.I will upload and share with you,my dear friend
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'll comment when I can :)
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:iconfawad87:
fawad87 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student
yes sure whenever u have time :)
[link]
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
BTW: can you reference the rules for this kind of calligraphy, the way you did for arabesque patterns?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
I toyed with the idea, but I have no idea how to explain them to someone not familiar with the Arabic script: it takes deep familiarity with the letters (and preferably the language too) to be able to tweak them and have an intuitive understanding of what works and what doesn't. Even native readers would take some schooling to get it.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
that's too bad
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah it's sad, I'd love to spread the love!
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Lovely!
You know what would be really cool? If you could do the same for other alphabets :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
It wouldn't have the same value I'm afraid, as they don't work this way and their anatomy is based on different things. Arabic is really unique!
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
luv the arabic wording in it..and added to it are those tiny white speckles are really something worth noticing...awesome :)!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cheers :D
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:iconseifertacko:
seifertacko Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
most welcome..
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yzorderrex22 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Nice work.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconyzorderrex22:
yzorderrex22 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
You are welcome. :nod:
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Sharingan-Zero Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Its a beautiful design!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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luggage Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Wow, nice! I'd love this or something like it on a well-designed t-shirt :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) I made it available on some cafepress products [link] :)
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Base-SG Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
This makes me want to get out and buy a copy of Arabic for Dummies...

and as to applying it on products... small versions could be created in wood or mosaic tiles to hang above the front door as a blessing to visitors :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
:giggle:

That would be lovely, but pretty complicated... For now at least it's modestly on some cafepress products [link] :)
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Base-SG Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
complicated, but not impossible...

mmm, so I could buy the framed tile and hang it over my front door :P
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Base-SG Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
This makes me want to get out and buy a copy of Arabic for Dummies...

and as to applying it on products... small versions could be created in wood or mosaic tiles to hang above the front door as a blessing to visitors :)
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virtualzelia Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
I must admit my abc mind thought of it as being a labyrinth (cool in itself, I love labyrinths). Then I opened full view (I was on the watching list) and read the description and found out this is far beyond words. I mean, it's so full of meaning and good vibe and hard work! I must say one thing girl, you never cease to amaze me.

And I can't wait to see the version you're cooking up to Carles. I sense red on red, black and gold will be stunning. ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you! :hug: And here you go, ~Carles's version! [link]
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virtualzelia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
You're welcome! :hug: And thank you so much for the link. I kept traveling from one to the other just playing with the senses each one brought me. The red one is so strong and sublime and this one is so serene. I love them both.
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Kezhound Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is absolutely stunning!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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Sun-like-Rain Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty, i especially looked into this 'cuz it's not your typical thing, glad i did, it's gorgeous, love the paper texture/whatever texture's in the background. for some reason it reminds me of dandelion fluff.
(and i do like the dots too :] s'like the granola on frozen yogurt ^^ something different to keep things interesting.)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yes true I don't venture into this often, probably because I work on such things every day at work :D
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Ayyu-Arku Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I saw something like this in the museum the other day, dating back to the Middle Ages. Very nice! I just finished a year of Arabic classes, and I can actually see the individual words
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh that's doubly cool! :dance:
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MOONsnatcher Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is relaly beautiful. I can't read a bit of it, but i know it has hiddne meaning. I'd love to have the original, if i had them oney on me. Very very very cool though. more caligraphy from you would be much appreciated and welcomed!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! The original is already gone anyway :) Yes I think you'll see more from me, I'm workging on another one :D
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Dark-Elfka Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Wow, everyday I learn something new! I thought calligraphy was rather dead or it's just a nice way to write letters, but this? amazing! Even if I don't understand a thing and at first I thought it's a maze now I can feel the magic. You have to be very skillful to write such things and keep the style and ohh... I'm losing words looking at this one!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
To a large degree it is dead, I'm afraid – Arabic calligraphy at least. Most calligraphers just learn old scripts and spend their lives writing things in them, few create anything new anymore. I'm lucky enough to work with a master who's giving it a new life, and this is pale compared to what he can do!
Thanks :hug:
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KN-KL Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don´t understand calligraphy, but i like how look´s
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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KN-KL Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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Alene Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love this – before I even knew what the words represented were, I could see how peaceful it looked. And that paper is gorgeous, and reminds me of fireworks, which also fits beautifully with the words. Lovely! =)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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S-Tar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
This is lovely!! :D
It would look particularly nice as a sketchbook/notebook/journal cover.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're right! I should look into that :)
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S-Tar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
My work here is done :)
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Eonity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   General Artist
This is a really great and timeless design you have there; thanks to the great visual simplicity here you got yourself something that will continue to look fresh and modern now and in the future. Great job!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's so true, square kufi doesn't age :D Thanks for your comment!
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aseariel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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