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Hidden Objects Rug Design

Geometrics that fool the eye

By: Stefan Dull
Updated December 20, 2017

Hidden Lion, 22" x 16". Watercolor paper and art markers. Completed in 1985.

About 30 years ago, I signed up for a basic drawing and design class. I enjoyed arts and crafts my whole life, so I was excited to see what buried talents might be revealed. This was when I learned a technique of graphic design that I call “Hidden Object.”

The concept was really pretty simple: choose a simple focal subject, draw a grid on top of the object, and design each individual square as a unique piece of art. The smaller squares would come together to form the final artwork. We were given special water-absorbent paper and were instructed to use watercolor markers to fill in the squares.

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