Advanced Grid Journey – Part 1

Today I would like to introduce you to the advanced Grid Journey.

First I want to show you how to add a grid to a template. This weeks template #10 is perfect for this purpose.

CPT Template 10 CPT Template 10

The easiest way to do this is to split the ribbon in half by adding one line down the center.

CPT Template 10

Split the 2 sections in half again.

CPT Template 10

Add the horizontal lines to create the grid.

CPT Template 10

Until you finally have completed the grid.

CPT Template 10

Both, the template and the grid can be drawn in pencil or permanent marker.

Before you begin the ‘Advanced Grid Journey’, you should at least look at Lesson 1 from this write-up.

A square grid is made up of blocks. 4 blocks create the 4×4 grid.


This block can be repeated as shown in the example below.

Regular Repeat

Irregular repeats can produce interesting results.

Irregular Repeat

The real beauty of this pattern can only be seen when applied to a larger grid.

Irregular Repeat 8x8 Grid

We covered all this already in the Grid Journey. The question pops up, what happens when we combine different blocks and apply rotations?

For example:

We use a C-shape and a triangle. Place them next to each other and mirror the blocks.

Mirror the grid

This is just one of many combinations of shapes and rotations. Create yourself multiple sheets like this and play with combinations and rotations.

Combine blocks

.. and now the advanced CPT Grid Journey begins!

After you created your grid drawing, you can start applying the various CPT techniques. Here is an example:

Calvin after CPT

  1. I used the pattern Calvin as my base and tangled the grid by applying a simple mirror.
  2. After that, I added some feathering.
  3. Striping completed this section.
  4. The shapes in the middle I filled with a double Paradox.
  5. And finally, I added some inner auras.

After some coloring and shading, you can hardly recognize the underlying pattern.

Calvin Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Another option is to tangle only every second block, and then grow your artwork from there. Here is another example:

Calvin Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

Let’s see what you can create using this weeks template and maybe have a go at the daily pattern.

Until next week 🙂


One thought on “Advanced Grid Journey – Part 1

  • August 27, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I get it. Now to put it in to practice and make up sheets. Thank you.


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