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Geometric Design – Design an Arts & Crafts Enclosed Pattern

Chris Heath, Writer | Designer | Illustrator

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9 Videos (53m)
    • Introduction

    • Building the Grid

    • Choosing Your Plant Subject

    • Drawing Your Plant

    • Vectorizing Your Plant

    • General Design Principles

    • Adding a Background Pattern

    • Styling Your Artwork

    • Your Project


About This Class

In this class, we will cover how to:

  • use some simple geometry to build a geometric grid, and
  • lay out an Arts & Crafts style decorative pattern using this grid.

Given the fluidity and naturalistic style of Arts & Crafts decorative patterns, it may seem a bit strange to start with a geometric grid. We will be using this geometric grid as a creative springboard for laying out your decorative ideas. When finished, we will remove the grid so that your completed design can shine through.

I'll guide you through each step of the process, highlighting key principles to keep in mind while you are drawing, so that your design captures the essence of the Arts & Crafts movement.

To complete this project, it is assumed that you have used a vector drawing tool such as Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer. However, you may side-step the vector drawing tools and complete your project in whatever medium you wish, whether that be pen and ink, water colour or acrylics. The grid that we will be building in this class is also available for download and printing.

Welcome to the class. I hope you enjoy it.

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44 of 45 students recommendSee All

A wonderful class, easy to follow. I am inspired. Thank you.
Suzy Mathews

Dream, create, and inspire

Good class, this grid method will improve pattern making greatly!
Mira Metzler

Beauty. Illustration

This is such an interesting class. Chris explains and shows everything very clearly and you can see the design come to life and become really harmonious. This has definitely changed the way I will look at patterns. The design principles and the concept of repose were very interesting to me. I don't really look forward to vectorizing, as that looks like an awful lot of work, but on the other hand, it also looks like it can become great! Thanks, Chris for a beautiful class.
Lucy Lambriex

Photo- & videographer for the camera shy





Chris Heath

Writer | Designer | Illustrator

Chris Heath is a writer, designer and illustrator based in 'Art Deco' Napier, New Zealand.

With a thesis about the role of geometry in architecture under his belt, Chris pursued a career as a decorative artist for many years. In addition to faux paint finishes, his work involved designing stencil patterns for furniture, walls and floors, and reinstating historic stencil patterns in some of Auckland's historic buildings.

He's never been great with mental arithmetic, nor algebra, ...

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