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"My compass... it tells you how to find your way when you get lost." - John Smith, Pocahontas
It has arrows that outline the four cardinal directions - north, south, east, and west. The compass rose is also pictured on maps and similar charts.
What do you think? Does the compass rose pattern remind you of a flower?
The compass rose is used as a symbol and a logo for many organizations. It is also used to symbolize the different paths a person's life can take or the compass-like guidance of the conscience, that little voice inside your head that tells you right from wrong.
The compass also appears in film, literature, and other elements of popular culture.
What direction will your life take? Draw a compass to find out!
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Compass Rose
1. Begin by drawing a small circle. This forms the center of the compass.
2. Extend four sets of lines from the compass center. Each set should meet at a sharp point. These are called rays and indicate the four cardinal directions.
3. Draw a straight line down the center of each ray.
4. Draw two circles around the center of the compass. Notice how they are partially hidden by the rays.
5. Draw four more rays extending from the center of the compass. First, draw straight lines between the existing rays and the middle circle. Then, extend the lines beyond the outer circle. Allow the lines to meet at a sharp point.
Notice that these rays are shorter than the original rays. They indicate the intercardinal directions.
6. Draw a straight line down the center of each of the remaining rays.
7. Draw a circle that meets the tips of the intercardinal rays. Then, draw another, slightly larger circle just outside it.
8. Draw lines across the circle - one at the tip of each intercardinal ray, and halfway between the intra cardinal and cardinal rays.
9. Write the abbreviation for each of the cardinal directions at the appropriate ray. Write an "N" for "north" at the top, an "S" for "south" at the bottom, a "W" for "west" to the left, and an "E" for "east" to the right. Notice that the fancy script employs serifs, or short lines, at the ends of each stroke.
Color your compass rose. Traditional colors include blue, red, and gold.
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