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To see a video demonstration on youtube:
Demonstration Video

 

Proportion

There are multiple proportional Compose-It-Grid sizes. On the right is the 4:5 proportional Compose-It-Grid. .....It is to be used with a dry-erase marker for easy clean-up/editing.

(The dry erase marker is not included in the package.)

First be sure to use a Compose- It-Grid in the same proportion as your painting or drawing surface. Use the grid as a frame to determine the composition you like best.

Initial Sketch

Then using a dry erase marker, trace a sketch of your composition onto the Draw Side of your Compose-It-Grid. It helps to pick a reference point to make sure you have not strayed from your starting position. You can easily make changes or corrections by erasing using a soft cloth, tissue(like kleenex) or a dry erase marker eraser.
Now make a similar grid on your canvas or drawing pad.Now you have a sketch of the composition you chose, in the correct perspective.

Dotting the Canvas

You first put a small dot at the center of your canvas. I like to use charcoal on a white surface or chalk on a tinted surface because it is easy to erase but you can use whatever media you prefer. You can use a ruler or visually divide each half in half again until you have nine small dots making sixteen squares or rectangles. Now you are ready to transfer your sketch.
Pick a square or rectangle and start to systematically transfer the lines visually of each square or rectangle on the Compose It Grid to the corresponding square or rectangle on your drawing surface. You can again use charcoal, chalk or the media of your choice.

Important: If you are using the new 6in1 or the small 4x5 inch Compose-It-Grids,they divided into thirds not fourths, so there will be only 4 dots and 9 rectangles.

 

Your Creativity

At this point your talent and creativity takes over. The Compose-It-Grids can not guarantee a great work of art but they certainly help with your initial composition and getting that composition to your painting surface with less effort and more accurately than most artists can do freehand. Best wishes doing the art you love.

See FAQ for some common questions and some additional ways to use your Compose-It-Grids.

New Products:

Compose-It-Grid 6in1

Six smaller proportional grids on a single 8x10 inch drawing tool.

 

'Pocket Size'

Compose-It-Grids
Small Red 3:4

Approximately 4x5 inch - with a 3:4 proportional grid on red transparent acrylic. It is great in helping compose value by simplifying the values into light, medium and dark.
You can also use the small holes on top of the grid to look through to compare the value of colors to each other and to black. Maybe even use one hole to put a string through it and carry around your neck to make it handy when doing location work.

photo of red Compose-It-Grid.rid

'Pocket Size'

Compose-It-Grid
Small Clear 3:4

Approximately 4x5 inch - 3:4 proportion on clear acrylic. The 3:4 proportion is the most commonly used proportion used outdoors.This smaller version is for those who want to carry it around in their pocket. You can also use the small holes on top of the grid to look through to compare the value of colors to each other and to black. Maybe even use one hole to put a string through it and carry around your neck to make it handy when doing location work.

 

Small clear grid photo