Prompt60 #9: Make a Texture Grid from a Catalog


Let's do a two-page journal spread to catalog, or document, a variety of intriguing colors, patterns & textures. I hope you have a fashion magazine clothing catalog, yarn catalog or home decor catalog in your stash, because we're going on a treasure hunt!

Depending on your page dimensions, guesstimate the number of squares you will need to make your grid. The larger your pages, the more stuff you can squeeze in! Leave a margin all the way around the pages to give yourself some flexibile space for writing words, should you choose to add them. 

You might select a theme {like polka dots} or a specific color palette {perhaps your favorite hockey team}, numbers, words, a wild variety or a monochromatic theme {one color plus black and white}. 

Cut a stack of squares that are roughly the same size. I don't measure, but I usually cut one square and use that to guesstimate the measurements for the rest. Glue, staple or washi tape your squares to your page in the form of a grid. There's no need to measure! You can scribble the edges with a charcoal pencil, colored pencils or Neocolor wax crayons. Another option is to add grid lines with acrylics and the edge of a plastic card {instructions in DPP #24: The Simple Plastic Card}. 

Here's another example, this time on loose drawing paper.


So many textures, from chocolate to glittery beads. Here's how the page looks after cutting and gluing images to the page.


After drawing edges with Caran D'Ache Neocolors and rubbing to get a messy look.

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