After such a long process of preparation, the painting process itself is surprisingly quick. Hayrettin adds colour after colour, completing an entire painting in just a few minutes. He works fast, as the paints will not slow down or pause for him to consider his next colour choice. Unlike working on paper or canvas, he cannot place a colour exactly where he wants to and he cannot take time to build up shades of colour. With many years of experience, it is clear that he is familiar with the character of his paints – he knows which colours are strong enough to overpower the others, which ones will end up as thin crackled lines and fractures and how the intensity of the colours will change, based on the density of the pigment and surface tension of the paint. The process is mesmerising to watch. The final designs are beautiful, but it’s the movement and dynamism of the paint, the feeling that the paints are alive, that really draws you in and makes it so difficult to look away. Watching the creation of the designs, understanding the various elements that must be perfectly prepared to allow just those few minutes of painting, creates a sense of awe and respect, over and above the aesthetic beauty of the final print.