Geometric Designs

This activity will allow you to discover the satisfaction that comes from creating designs using two simple tools—a compass and a ruler. By creating these repetitive patterns, the beauty of geometric principals will emerge.

This activity has been inspired by the geometric patterns popularly associated with Islamic art, where repeated, tessellating designs reach a pinnacle of precision and scale. These abstract designs not only adorn the surfaces of monumental Islamic architecture but also function as the major decorative element on a vast array of objects of all types. What will you adorn with your design?


  • Paper (any size you like)
  • Ruler
  • Compass (or another object to draw circles with)
  • Marker

Step 1

Using your ruler draw a horizontal line through the centre of your paper.

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Monet, The Galette

Step 2 

Find the centre of your line and draw a circle whose centre matches the centre of the line. Use the two points of intersection with the line from your first circle to draw a circle on either side of it.

Step 3

Add four more circles using the new points of intersection as compass points. It is important that all circles have the same radius.

Monet, The Galette

Monet, The Galette

Step 4

Continue to extrapolate these circles out until you have completely covered your sheet of paper. 

An optional step once you have finished is to colour in the segments of the circles or to even do a zentangle with the pattern you have created.

Step 5 > Share it with us!

Upload a photo of your artwork on Instagram. Don't forget to tag @linden_new_art
Or upload a photo of your artwork below.

We will share your artwork on this page!