When I was creating Transfuchsian’s hand drawn watercolor crystal set, I was introduced to Crystal Grids. Using different forms of sacred geometry, different types of crystals are placed on the grid. The physical act of setting up the crystals in this manner is said to provide protection, healing, etc. The most impressive part is how beautiful these grids are once completed.
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In this tutorial I am going to show you how to set up a “flower of life” geometric shape. We will use the guides in Illustrator to help us precisely place the shapes to set up the crystal grid. From there, you can either add in some digital crystals or print the image out to use as a physical crystal grid template.
Before we begin, the grid we are about to create along with 4 others are included in our watercolor crystal set, which can be purchased by clicking the button below:
Step 1: Step up your artboard. The size doesn’t really matter. I start off by drawing a square for the background and setting the color to #EFEDE6. Make sure to hold down Shift as you draw out the background square so that it is a perfectly proportional square.
Step 2: The first thing you will want to do is set up your guidelines. Make sure your rulers are on (View > Rulers > Show Rulers). With your background square selected, you can use the bounding box nodes as a guide on where to place your guides. Click on the ruler to the left and drag a guide onto the artboard.
Step 3: Do the same thing again, but drag the guide down from the top ruler. This is going to give us a middle point to work from. Go ahead and lock your background layer and create a new layer above it.
Step 4: Select the Elipse Tool [L] and while holding down shift, draw out a circle. With the circle selected, you should see a single dot inside the circle. This is the exact middle of the circle. If you do NOT see a dot, you need to change some settings in Illustrator. Click on View > Show Edges.
Step 5: Select your circle and move it to where that center dot is as close to where the two guidelines meet up as you can.
Step 6: With the circle still selected, hold down Alt (makes a copy) and start moving the circle to the left. After you start moving hold down Shift so that it stays lined up horizontally as you move it. Do this again, only make a copy to the right. Line them up so the circles are as close as possible to each other without overlapping.
Step 7: Now, take the right circle, hold down alt and drag it up and to the left. Your objective is to position it so that it is barely touching both circles (circled in red).
Step 8: Again, holding down alt, drag a copy of this circle over so it is barely touching the 3 other circles. As you can see, this is going to start to get a little complicated, but I will do my best to explain.
Step 9: You are going to do the same thing again, but will be moving the circles to the bottom (new circles shown in red).
Step 10: Drag another copy so that its midpoint lines up with where the two circles meet (its left side will also touch the vertical guide).
Step 11: Drag a copy to the left in the same manner.
Step 12: Lining up the same way top and bottom.
Step 13: Now you will use the horizontal, pointed oval shapes your circles are creating as a guide to add more circles. I filled the oval shapes with red so you can spot what I am talking about. When you drag a new circle over to these oval shapes, you will see that the left, right and middle nodes line up at the end points of these shapes.
Step 14: Using this concept, here are the circles as I place them. I have filled each new circle so you can see the progress.
Step 15: Here is a close up of the middle (original) circle. Can you see how it has formed “petals”.
Step 16: Looking at the same image, notice at the top and bottom of the overall circle you see the pointed oval shapes. We need to continue until you have those shapes between the side “petals”.
Step 17: Here is where we place the new circles:
Step 18: You could keep lining up the circles and create more and more “flowers” inside the design, but we are going to stop here. I’ve filled the “flower” shapes here so you can see. Looking for the flower shapes inside the circles is the easiest way to make sense of all the circles to see if you are missing any.
Step 19: Once you are done, draw out a large circle to encase all the other small circles.
Step 20: I have changed the color of my strokes to a dark gray #595959. And applied one of Illustrator’s default brushes to them. In the brush panel, select open brush library > artistic > “Artistic_Challkcharcoalpencil and apply the brush titled “Pencil”
Step 21: Now that you have your grid laid out, you can print it out and start placing your physical crystals on it. If you are looking to make some art with it, you can use Transfuchsian’s watercolor crystals and place them digitally.
Disclaimer: I don’t know anything about what color crystal to place where, I am just pasting the crystals in so that it looks pretty.
Step 22: I am going to open the Illustrator file titled “Cool Hue”. I turned on the layer titled “amethyst”. With the layers titled “Outlines”, “Watercolor” and “Amethyst” visible and unlocked. Use the select tool to grab one of the smaller crystals. Make a copy of this crystal (ctrl + C).
Step 23: Paste this crystal onto a new layer above your crystal grid. I also grouped everything in the crystal together (Ctrl + G) so I can move it around easily.
Step 24: Select a few more Amethyst crystals and place them around the grid.
Step 25: Back to the CoolHue.AI file. Turn off the Amethyst layer and turn on the Aquamarine layer. Pick some of the longer, more pointed crystals and place them on the grid.
Step 26: Finally, turn off the Aquamarine layer and turn on the Alexandrite layer. Select some of these crystals and paste them in.
Step 27: Finally, place one of the Alexandrite crystals in the middle.
And there you go! Your very own digital crystal grid.
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