I was thinking: ooh free form tie dye for clay. Some variant of a cane. But this video tutorial actually ended up more of a cute clay clothing pattern for figures – in this case little clay hippies. One thing I would likely do is cane the hippy flowers… assembling dozens of 5 petal flowers might be more than I could handle.
Deb has a whole collection of videos to look at on her site. She has a sweet style with her characters and lots of hints and tips on making the details.