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Were is the tips page? Here along with the FAQ.

TIP #1. Use the plastic bag that your Compose-It-Grid came in to help protect it from scratches when you are not using your grid. If you use another similar plastic bag put a couple vent holes in it.


CHALK not CAULK Before you run out to the hardware store I have to tell you I misspelled chalk on a group of Compose-It-Grid directions. I hope nobody tried to use caulk to draw their initial sketch on their canvas. I have never been a great speller and unfortunately it probably won’t be my last typo either. I am so sorry for this confusing mistake.

TIP#2. If you have an 8x10 single proportion Compose-It-Grid, sometime you may want to make a smaller rectangle of the same proportion. You can cut two pieces of blue painters tape: one 6 inches and another 4 inches. It is removeable so just keep it on the 'Draw Side' on the black border, so it is there when you might need it. This can be especially useful when recomposing from your photographs.

Photo of a Compose-It-Grid  with blue tape

TIP#3. White chalk works great for drawing on a tinted canvas surface because it disappears with water.

Chalk demo example

Question #2. I want to do a mural on a 6'x12' inside wall. What is the best way to do it?

Since 6’x12’ is a 1:2 proportion, use the Compose-It-Grid 1:2 to do your drawing. If you have access to an overhead projector, you might be able project your drawing on the wall to quickly trace it. If the room is too small then you will have to follow the directions like you would do on a regular canvas.

TIP#4. If it doesn’t have to be exact you can use a long brush and trace your composition looking through the clear acrylic grid. It is great for making quick copies of flower arrangements.example of tracing direct from grid

TIP#5. After you’ve done your sketch on the canvas step back and look through your Compose-It-Grid and then line up your sketch on the canvas to the drawing on your grid. That is a good way to make sure you did it right.

Question #3. I have trouble with my dry erase marker - not always working. What can I do?

I have noticed it helps to store dry erase markers in a cup with the tip down. That way you get nice black lines. If you hold it for several minutes with the tip up, the ink also fades, so hold the tip down for a while and it should work again.