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Drawing a Compass Rose

Updated on April 3, 2016

Drawing a Compass Rose

Draw two 12 foot legs
Draw two 12 foot legs
Draw two more six foot legs
Draw two more six foot legs
Marks at 6 inches up the six foot legs.
Marks at 6 inches up the six foot legs.
Draw the sides of the 4 N/S/E/W legs to the marked points.
Draw the sides of the 4 N/S/E/W legs to the marked points.
Draw marks 6 inches up the point edges from the first marked points.
Draw marks 6 inches up the point edges from the first marked points.
Draw the sides of the short points from the tip to the new marks.
Draw the sides of the short points from the tip to the new marks.
Paint the left half of each point a light color
Paint the left half of each point a light color
Paint the right half of each point a dark color.
Paint the right half of each point a dark color.

Painting the Compass Rose

If you want to paint a compass rose on the floor you'll need to clean and powerwash the floor and let it dry for a couple of days. You should paint the whole floor with a textured paint first as a background, Next mark out the compass as shown in the drawings and draw it on the floor. Mask off the left half of each star point and paint it a light color of your choice.  Use two or three thin coats, then use box cutters to cut the paint away from the masking tape before peeling it.  Repeat on the right half of each point and paint with a complimentary darker color.  After completing the paint job, allow to cure for 24 hours or however long the paint manufacturer recommends and then seal the floor to protect the paint.

I did one of these on the floor of a swimming pool.  I used a rubber-based paint - state of the art back then, but there weren't many available dark colors.  Today's epoxy-based paints are even toughter and can be made up in any color you want. 

It looked really cool from the diving board, but I had to remind the kids that if they dived for the bulls-eye on the compass rose, they'd hit the bottom where it sloped up to the shallow end. Not all of them heeded my warning.  It's an example of how natural-selection works, I suppose.

Tom King - Flint, TX

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      Jose Juan Gutierrez 3 years ago from Mexico City

      Thanks for your comments!

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      Steve Shipton 3 years ago

      An excellent step by step design for a compass rose. I have added a link to my article about the history of the compass http://www.newtonsapple.org.uk/?p=391

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      Jose Juan Gutierrez 4 years ago from Mexico City

      Very clever way to draw a compass rose!

      Voted up!

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      ana7397 5 years ago

      I was drawing a map for my history project and I did not know how to draw a nice compass rose. Then I found this AWESOME page and I made a really nice compass. :)

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      mr.cool 5 years ago

      thanks

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      twayneking 5 years ago from Puyallup, WA

      Simply label the long points N, S, E and W, then label the short points NE, SE, SW and NW. It's already drawn with enough points to indicate the intermediate directions like southwest and such.

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      jacqueline 5 years ago

      i wanted a compose rose with direction like sw nw like that can you please do that i need your help

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      raquel 5 years ago

      i loved how you draw

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      gaylord 5 years ago

      this is so cool even my boy friend likec this

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      angle 5 years ago

      It rock!

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      jenny 6 years ago

      it is easy

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      twayneking 6 years ago from Puyallup, WA

      This is relatively simple as far compass roses go. You can add a circle and extend the points to get as fancy as you want. I mean if you want simple make a big cross and be done with it. This design works well on a floor or the bottom of the pool or on a wall or something. It's a bit of work, but well worth it because the effect is more three dimensional, less flat.

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      123 6 years ago

      little too much work doncha think???????

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      Lila 6 years ago

      Wow! I had an H.W. assingment due like very soon and I did not know where to find the compass. I looked it up and here I am now, with a perfect compass and my H.W. assingment done and ready. Thanks! This is an awesome website! Make more!

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      6 years ago

      damn it