Algeria Geometric Art {Tutorial}

My daughter has parent teacher conferences, so she gets out of school for three days early this week. Since there are short days for a lot of schoolwork, her teacher and I decided to put our birch tree art project on hold.

However, not having art at school doesn’t mean that we can’t have art at home! I pulled out the watercolors and we spent our afternoon learning how to make a geometric painting of Algeria.

From wiki –

Algeria (Arabic: الجزائر‎ al-Jazā’ir; Berber: ⵍⵣⵣⴰⵢⴻⵔ Dzayer), officially People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the country’s far north. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa and the Arab world.  Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes. Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been President since 1999.

I’m sharing our tutorial so you can try to make an Algerian geometric watercolor painting also.

Outline map of Algeria
Watercolor paper
Watercolor paint
Cutting mat
Water containter

Algeria Geometric Painting by A Crafty Arab

Start by cuting out the outline of the Algerian map but don’t worry about the little coastal details.

Algeria Geometric Painting by A Crafty Arab

Place your cutting mat under your watercolor paper. Add the map on top and use your pin to mark out the outline.  Add a few more random holes in the middle of the country also.

Algeria Geometric Painting by A Crafty Arab

Start connecting the holes to each other, forming triangles as you go.

Algeria Geometric Painting by A Crafty Arab

Keep connecting the dots, adding more as needed. Turn your paper around to see different holes or add dots with your paintbrush as you paint.

Algeria Geometric Painting by A Crafty Arab

Keep going until your Algeria is connected. Lay flat to dry and it should be ready to frame in just a few hours. We have decided to keep going and see what other countries we can find on the internet to print out!

Algeria Geometric Painting by A Crafty Arab

To see more crafts from the Arab world, visit A Crafty Arab’s Arab League Crafts and Tutorials Pinterest board.



I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.