DIY: Crazy for Crosshatch

Posted on March 21, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites

Once you start with this crosshatch pattern, you won't be able to stop!

All it takes is a few minutes and a couple dollars worth of supplies. You probably have most of this stuff hanging around already.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • something to decorate (card, notebook, etc.)
  • cardstock, scissors, pencil OR a pre-made stencil
  • painters tape
  • ultra-fine point Sharpie

Start by drawing a simple shape on to the cardstock and cutting it out. Or, if you're using a pre-made stencil, just tape that bad boy on to whatever you're decorating.

Make sure you really secure your stencil with painter's tape and start drawing your lines. I'm a jittery person, so I think it looks good when the lines are little wavey. Gives it a hand-drawn look. Also, I can't draw a straight line without the aid of a ruler.

Once you're done filling in the lines in one direction, start on the other way! Btw, if you don't already own an ultra-fine point Sharpie, go get one now! You'll find so many uses for it.

Try not to be too heavy with your Sharpie around the edges of the stencil or you'll get little dots along the edge.

Now peel off the stencil and take a look at the pretty crosshatch pattern you just made.

Repeat the previous steps on everything you own. Just kidding! Well sorta...

I liked how this turned out so much, I immediately reached for a mini Moleskine notebook and stenciled an 'F' for my last name. Sharpies come in roughly ten million colors now, so pick up a couple shades and get going. Stenciling someone's named in multi-colored crosshatches on a card would be a really cool addition to a gift.