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Inspiration Station: Persian New Year

November 29, 2012

In 2013, Persian New Year (Nowruz or Norooz, or Iranian New Year) falls on March 20, so those artists working ahead will find that now’s a good time to be creating designs for this Islamic religious  holiday. Don’t be afraid to expand your creativity to include non-Christian holidays. You never know when a nice bulk sale may come your way!

A few things to keep in mind when designing for Nowruz:

  • OKAY to depict nature like flowers, trees, plants, vines, vegetables, fruits, etc. Since Nowruz falls on the first day of spring, keep that season in mind. For example, a pot of (wheat) grass is a traditional symbol.
  • OKAY to use repeating geometric patterns.
  • OKAY to use goldfish (a traditional symbol).
  • OKAY to use painted eggs (another traditional symbol). Just remember Nowruz is not Easter.
  • OKAY to use calligraphy (Farsi or other) provided you trust the source if you don’t understand the writing yourself. The last thing you want to do is offend anyone.
  • NOT OKAY to depict Allah or Mohammed.
  • NOT OKAY to depict realistic human figures or animals.

Here are some places to go for inspiration before you begin creating Nowruz cards. Have fun!

Nowruz Eggs
The results of a Google search for this term yield some very pretty results.

Nowruz on Pinterest
A collection of boards full of photos and other goodies to fire your imagination.

Spring Color Palettes
Lovely and fresh, just the thing to spruce up your designs and get your juices flowing.

Small Collection of Nowruz Photos
Just what it says – most of the photos seem to show the traditional “Haft Sin” table. Take a look.

Noupe – Calligraphy and Handwriting Showcase
Get enthused by these beautiful examples.

Tip: With cards like this, I like to put in my Artist’s Notes that the customer can create a personal message in Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, or other language as a .jpg and upload it to the inside of the card. I do this because the fonts used by GCU don’t support Arabic-style script.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2012 3:32 pm

    THanks or the info this is very helpful. I knew about the NO realistic people rule but I did not know that it extended to animals too.

  2. November 29, 2012 4:18 pm

    Wow, a great post with a lot of references! Thanks so much Corrie. I look forward to designing now.

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