Learn how to draw  Islamic geometric patterns using a simple step-by step process. The only tools you will need are a pencil, a ruler, and a coloured pencil or marker. The first step for each pattern is available as a template here, download and print it and you can get started straight away.

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In the step-by-step illustrations, the black lines are the construction lines. These you need to draw with a pencil. The red lines are the lines that make the final pattern. These you need to draw with a colour pencil or a marker. All lines are exact, they connect intersections. You won’t need to measure any distances or angles; you just need to draw lines from one intersection to another.

How to Embellish your Pattern

Geometric patterns in Islamic art and architecture are more than just line drawings. Over the centuries, craftsmen have taken a great deal of time, effort and imagination to make their compositions more beautiful. They have added colour, they’ve made lines interlace, they’ve added curvilinear elements to contrast with the straight lines of the patterns. The possibilities are endless. Have a look at the gallery page of this website for inspiration.

Step-by-Step Instructions for these Patterns


Pattern 1

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Pattern 2

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Pattern 4

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Pattern 5