Masking Tape Khatam Artwork {Tutorial}

Creating masking tape artwork is a great way to learn about negative and positive space.


I recently had Martha Stewart watercolor acrylic craft paints sent as my role as Plaid Ambassador and I knew right away I wanted to create a teaching khatam painting. Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point star.


We had used masking tape on a Allah painting before.  Allah is the Arabic word for God.  Keeping along the same lines of using mini canvases (they are inexpensive to use with kids and don’t take up a lot of wall space), we used them again to create our masterpiece.


Artwork Supplies

Square mini canvases

Watercolor paint


Foam brush

Masking Tape

White acrylic paint


To start, turn your canvases over to tape the backs.

Make sure to tape all four to each other.

You may need to turn it over to make sure everything is lined up. Next use the watercolors paints to draw lines with each color.

You can add more colors. Make the canvas disappear by adding water to blend in the colors.

Let your masterpiece dry, we left ours in a window sill for a few hours, and add masking tape in a square shape. Check your corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.

Make a line by creating a smaller box inside. Use the Xacto to cut the tape, to make sure your line is continuous.

Paint the diamond shape you just made white.

Let the white paint dry and remove the tape, gently.

Next, you will need to turn your artwork, tape a new square shape and paint it white.

Let the second square dry and remove the tape.

Turn your artwork over and remove the tape on the back. Add saw tooth hangers to the back and hang the frames up. It looks like one piece, but it’s actually four. Impress your friends, especially if you have a white wall, with the optical illusion of a floating khatam with negative and positive space.

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Khatam Painted Cube {Tutorial}

Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point star. The shape is seen a lot in Arab and Islamic architecture and design.


I love using the khatam to teach children about Arab art because it’s such an easy shape to make. It is basically two square that are offset from each other, making the eight points of the star.


Other designs can be made inside the star, once lines are drawn in. My daughter and I decided to use one we found online to make a candle holder out of CD cases.

The Gallery Glass paint we used was sent to me as a Plaid Ambassador. I recieve products to try in my tutorials.  This allows me the ability to share tips like: don’t shake the glass paint/lead bottles as this will cause bubbles.   Try to keep the flow of paint at a steady stream. However, if you do end up with bubbles, don’t panic, just keep a sewing pin close by, to burst them.


Even though we applied electrical tape to our cube and have an electric candle, please be careful with this decor and provide adult supervision around children.



Gallery Glass Liquid Leading
Electric tape
Gallery Glass paint in green, blue, red plus clear
Khatam design from the internet
4 empty CD cases

We started by making sure our papers fit into the clear slots of the CD cases, first cutting down the Khatam design.

Then we cut down the vellum to fit into the other three clear CD cases.

Once we all the sizes done, we set the paper aside and took apart all 4 CD cases, breaking off the black tabs from only one. This will become the bottom of our cube.

Next we used the electrical tape to attached three of the clear CD cases to each other.

We attached the three clear sides to the black bottom to create our cube. Finally we added our vellum paper into the open slots.

Before we attached our final side, we laid it flat with the khatam paper design inside.  We used the liquid lead paint to outlined our black lines.

It was easier to do the lines with the CD cover separate from the cube to be able to turn it around constantly. Take your time making the lines, practicing on a paper towel first.Once we were done with the outline, we let the case sit for 24 hours for the liquid lead paint to harden.  The next day we attached our final side to our cube with electrical tape.

Next we laid the cube with the khatam up and started to fill in the design. It’s okay if the paint goes over the lines, you can wipe off any excess with a paper towel.

After we had colored the inside, we filled the entire outside with the clear glass paint.

Before we put away the bottle, we used the tip to add lines to create texture in the design.

Once our cube had dried for 24 hours, we added an electric candle.

We think the clear came out so fantastic, looking like real stained glass!

If you enjoyed making this khatam craft, stop by these other easy DIY tutorials

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Stamped Mosaic Shoes {Tutorial}

My daughter was so excited to receive a new pair of shoes recently.  She had been pining for these purple Converse shoes for some time and once she got them, she wanted to personalize them right away.


As a Plaid Ambassador, I am able to try new products from Plaid.  They came out with a line of fabric stamps that bring to mind the old hand carved wood block stamps from India. I received this Baroque stamp with eight points on it. In Arabic an eight point star is called a khatam, and this khatam was quite beautiful with floral designs intertwined inside.


My daughter decided to use it as a mosaic tile pattern on her new shoes.  Check out how she did it.



Canvas shoes
Wood block stamp
Fabric paint
Blue tape

To get her shoes ready to stamp, my daughter first took off the laces and placed tape around the white areas.

Starting with the lighter color, she stamped the shoe, measuring a space between for the next color.

Once the green was done, the stamp was very easy to clean. We let it dry for a few hours. Then my daughter used the purple paint.


My daughter was able to wipe off the fabric paint on the metal grommets with a wet paper towel. She then set the shoes aside to fully dry overnight.

Here they are, dry and ready to show off at school.

She is in love with them and already talking about doing the same design on her jacket to match.

To have more fun decorating your clothes and making them personalized, please visit these tutorials

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Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other DIY crafts to make.