The whirling Dervish has came about as the result of an exercise on Anthropomorphic Calligraphy – the idea is not originally mine but this particular composition is.
The paper in this case is stained with coffee. The calligraphy is done with Sheaffer Skrip Red mixed with a little Sheaffer Lavender and Lamy Black inks. The pens used wereÂ a Sheaffer Calligraphy pen I modified for the Arabic script and a Dollar Demonstrator fitted with a modified nib from a cheap Inoxcrom fountain pen.
The dervish is made out of the word ‘Al Tawafuq’ which means ‘harmony’.
I uploaded this image to the Fountain Pen Network which I frequent and it received a surprisingly positive response – you can visit that topic here. I like the dynamism of this composition and subsequently made a simplified version that you can see in the header of this blog.
This composition is in a private collection in the USA.