Square Kufic Calligraphy: Tiling, pt. II

We’re now going to use the design we created in the previous post as a single unit and create a larger design.

Make sure the design is outlined, with space the size of half a unit around the sides (see the previous post for an explanation). Copy and paste the design onto a new document:

Highlight the entire design—including the outline—and shrink it so that it fits into one square of the grid:

The larger design is going to be a recreation of the small design of الحمد لله.

After shrinking the design, make sure it’s still highlighted, then duplicate the design by copying and pasting it. Arrange it as necessary.

Keep duplicating and arranging the tiles until you’ve recreated the entire design:

Once you’re done, you can delete the outline of the individual tiles:

Note that because the tiles have empty space around the sides, this leaves the space in the larger design ever-so-slightly larger than the tiles. However, even though the negative space (i.e. empty space) is not the same size as the positive space (i.e. filled-in space), it is still in harmony with the positive space, because the negative space is the same size between all the tiles.

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