In this video, Dr. Nihad Dukhan demonstrates the complete technique for producing a finished piece of Arabic calligraphy. Materials and instruments include specially-sized Ahar paper, traditional ink made from soot, inkwell with leeqa (silk), reed pens and sharpening tools, as well as a writing board with leather. The process of writing starts with selecting a text and a calligraphy style then moves into sketching, refining and re-evaluation, before it is finally penned. Correcting techniques are shown. Arabic calligraphy finishing using gold leaf, geometric and vegetal patterns, and marble (ebru) papers are described. Actual finished and framed pieces are shown.

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A photograph of bamboo calligraphy tools with a blue overlay.