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DIY Free Form Art

We are all artists, shaping ourselves, each other, and our environment. Free Form Art provides a loose structure to guide you thru the creative process. Get engaged, and enjoy impact.

INDEX 2014 - 2019
INDEX 2005 - 2010

12 Steps
4 Layers
216 Lessons
216 Steps
1 Form
2 Figures
3 Movement
4 Patterns
5 Words
6 Code
7 Content
8 Context
9 Synthesis
10 Story
11 Theme
12 Character



Use Nature

Use Nature's Patterns. How do we absorb the world around us? What do we know? What have others gathered?


  • Expand your toolbox with patterns
  • Integrate reality
  • Accept mistakes (outliers, exceptions) as an essential element of organic design
  • Understand cycles and impermanence

Lesson Plan: Perception and Principals

Engage your surroundings and knowledge...


  • Flowers. Look in illustrations, books, the internet, your garden, the woods, a park. Consider flowers. Notice the variety: tall, wispy, straight, orderly, pointed, blustery, beautiful. Draw the essentials.
  • Wood. Look at cut wood surfaces in home design, furniture, the store, the internet. Pine lumber at the home supply store is ideal. Notice different types of wood grain and the knots where limbs have grown. Get the gist of cross sections of intersecting circular growth. Draw what you learn.
  • Wind. Feel, listen, and look at the effects of the wind. Feel your hair, watch a flag or sail, listen to the trees. Understand the tempo, ebb and flow. Get to know patterns and outliers. Draw what you realize.


  • Shadows. Look for shadows. Inside, outside, with different types of lighting. Note the interesting, surprising shapes that you find. Draw what you see.
  • Footprints. Look for footprints. In the sand, in tall grass, on rainy days. Note the partial shape that is left behind. Draw what you see.
  • Debris. Look for debris. Fallen leaves, grass clippings, onion peels. Note the shapes and clustering that occurs. Draw what you see.

Patterns / Traditions

  • Ornamentation. Consider traditions. Search the internet for Greek, Arabian, New Zealand, etc., patterns found in rugs, china, blankets, etc. Draw patterns that you find.
  • Repeating Patterns. Research Zentangle ( Learn to make hundreds of patterns in a relaxing step by step method. Draw repeating patterns.
  • Circular Arrangements. Research Mandela. Learn to organize patterns in a balanced, circular format. Compose patterns.

Cycles of Life

  • Linear. Consider linear progression. We are born, grow, and die. Consider parallel progression. We befriend others, experience events, laugh. Draw long lines, thickening across the page.
  • Cyclical. Consider cyclical movement. The sun rises, sets, and rises again. Draw evenly spaced looping lines. Consider spirals. Draw loops that increase or decrease in radius.
  • Radiating. Consider radiating energy. Solar rays continuosly eminate from the entirety of the round sun. Waves circle out from a drop of water. Draw circles. Encircle them with spokes, more circles. Imagine the energy.

Cause and Effect

  • Tighten. Stretch cloth tight. Notice how wrinkles disappear. Tighten your fist. Notice the change in texture of skin over your knuckles. Imagine a rope stretched to breaking point. Draw the frayed texture.
  • Loosen. Relax and tighten your fist. Notice the movement of tendons. Imagine the changes within. Imagine a sheet thrown loosely. Draw the undulating curves.
  • Impact. Punch your hand. Push your chair. Tear a piece of paper in half. Notice different types of impact (feeling, movement, separation). Draw the whole paper, and beside it, the torn halves.


  • Stack. Draw layer on top of layer of different patterns. Like a hamburger with all of the sides. Pile the variety high. Imagine a cross section. Imagine the pile toppling over. Imagine twisting the pile.
  • Surround. Draw a circle inside of a circle inside of a circle. Keep repeating until you run out of room. Now reverse directions and encircle a circle with a circle. Try centered and uncentered. Try a cluster of shapes encircled by larger clusters of similar shapes.
  • Revolve. Draw a ladder. Between the first two rungs, add a square, circle, diamond, and triangle. In the second rung, vary the amounts of these four shapes. Continue mixing it up. Notice the variety of combinations.




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