The basket weave pattern is fun and easy to draw after you get the hang of it. This tutorial will walk you through all the steps for creating your own weaved pattern drawing.
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I often think of how I portray myself online. As someone who has thousands of people reading content on her website daily, my character is something I take pretty seriously.
I always want this blog to be a place of happiness and relaxation. And that’s why I rarely ever talk about the hard stuff. But, over the years I’ve also become more aware of how important my transparency is. So, I’ve been trying to be more personal and less encyclopedia-y in my posts.
I, too, struggle. Often my doubts and insecurities stem from work. I’m a hardcore workaholic. But, I also get really down on myself and lose motivation and drive. And over time, I’ve had to learn how to cope with my emotions in these moments.
One thing that has never failed me is drawing and doodling. It’s my go-to relaxation method. And in recent time, drawing patterns has taken priority.
Drawing patterns like this basketweave pattern have their own, almost, choreography. And it’s mesmerizing in a cliche kind of way. There’s a rhythm to it. It’s a series of drawing short straight lines repetitively. Now, if that doesn’t sound like stress relief, let me convince you.
So, do you need a little relaxation followed by an awesome piece of art? If I convinced you to give it a try, follow along with the tutorial below.
*Note: I used a different technique in this video than what is shown in the tutorial. You can do it this way but I think when you are first learning, the following tutorial is easiest.
Basket Weave Pattern Tutorial
Before this tutorial starts, I want to note that this tutorial was done in my bullet journal on dot grid paper, which makes it a lot easier because the graph is already there.
However, you can recreate this pattern in a blank sketchbook. First, you will need to sketch out a graph in pencil. Make your vertical lines 0.5cm apart, stretching from top to bottom of the page. Then, make your horizontal lines 0.5cm apart, also stretching along the entire page.
- Ruler (optional)
- Black fineliner
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
*I didn’t use a ruler for this. However, I included it as an optional material for those that want perfectly straight lines.
First, start by drawing a pair of vertical lines measuring 3 units in length at the top of the page on the left hand side. Then, moving horizontally across the page, leave 3 units open and draw a second pair of vertical lines. Continue with this pattern until you reach the righthand side of the page.
Next, you’ll be adding a pair of horizontal lines between the pairs of vertical lines. The vertical lines are 3 units tall. Center your horizontal lines between the vertical lines.
Now, you will be repeating the pattern you just did. Again, starting with your vertical lines. Draw a pair of parallel vertical lines that are 3 units in length from the bottom center of your horizontal lines. If you have extra space above the vertical lines you just created and the horizontal lines, add vertical lines there as well. (See the picture below for easier instructions).
Next, you will be adding horizontal lines. Again, you will be in the middle of your vertical lines for this. Your horizontal line will extend from the left side of one pair of vertical lines over to touch the right side of the next set of vertical lines. The top horizontal line should touch the bottoms of the first set of vertical lines you created.
Continue repeating this pattern until you have filled the page. Just remember that your vertical pairs of lines will extend from the bottom center of the horizontal lines above.
Next, you will be coloring in your weave pattern. I used my Tombow Dual Brush Pens in varying shades of pinks and purples to accomplish the ombre effect seen above. I did all of the vertical lines in a shade of purple and all of the horizontal lines in a shade of pink.
In my version, I started by coloring the two far-left vertical lines in dark purple. Then I switched to a lighter shade as I moved to the right. For the pink, I started with the deepest pink at the bottom and worked up the page to a very pale pink.
I highly recommend using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens for this. The brush nib allows you to get nice wide strokes of color and you can use the bullet nib to get any small pieces you miss.
How to Use The Basket Weave Pattern in Your Bullet Journal
If you love this pattern but don’t really see a use for it in your bullet journal, I’m here with a few possibilities. This pattern is most certainly more of a decorative (extra) element, but it can add a lot of character to a page.
You could section out a box in the center ahead of time and not fill it with the weave pattern. Then you can write the month in the middle and have a beautiful cover page.
You could also use it to fill in an empty corner in a weekly or collection page.
And last, you could create a tracker of sorts and color in each box as you accomplish a certain activity. Maybe an annual workout tracker. Or you could use it as a weather tracker and color code temperatures. Or you could use it in the same way to track daily steps, pages read, etc.
This is my second tutorial recently, following my How to Create a Pocket Shopping List in Your Bullet Journal. I am a sucker for step-by-step tutorial and I enjoy writing and sharing them with you guys.
I want to hear your thoughts on this basket weave pattern and other tutorials. Do you enjoy them? What would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below.
And if you can spare a moment, sharing this tutorial with your friends on social media or pinning the image below to Pinterest would be hugely appreciated.