Welcome to my new series of blogs on design skills!
Please allow me to take you back to basics, and elaborate on the fundamentals of design.
I’d love to share this fascinating part of crafting with you, and help you to really consider design in your own card creations and projects. Appreciating and understanding design will certainly lift your work to a new level of skill. Bring out the designer in you by joining me, let us begin…
Back to Basics on Design Skills – Introduction
To start with, let’s ask the question…
What is design?
Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system.
Design has different connotations in different fields of work, so let us concentrate on the design process for our craft. Paper crafting and card making is a highly creative process, which involves producing a visually pleasing end result. In our craft, we can make good use of the fundamentals of visual design. These fundamentals are the basics we are reverting back to; they are the design elements and the design principals.
What are the elements of design?
The elements of design are the tools to make art! The basic units of any visual piece. They comprise of the following;
What are the principals of design?
The principals of design is how to use the tools to make art! They are the factors to consider when deciding on the layout and design of card making. These are the following;
A few wonderful words there, and some of them we love and warm to straight away. I’m sure there are a few that we recognize but pay not much attention too, maybe one or two that might need more explaining. I would like to take a closer look at each of these interesting words, and relate them to our paper crating interest.
Back to Basics on Design Skills – LINE
What is LINE?
LINE is the first design element. LINE is an identifiable path created by a point moving in space. It is one dimensional and can vary in width, direction, and length. Such as the mark made by a pen.
I will use my scrapbooking paper to produced a ‘mind map’ for each of the design element words. The mind map below shows various different thoughts about LINE…
Focusing on LINE like this, makes us appreciate the simple art that we can create just by using LINE alone. Here are a few simple, but I think quiet effective ways of just using LINE in card design…
Just a few straight lines of three different thickness, running horizontally across the bottom section of this card. I’ve simply added a small sentiment topper using candi fix. Notice how the two white lines on the topper exactly line-up with the gaps of my drawn lines to show continuous lines! An ‘optical illusion’ happening here, making the topper appear threaded behind two cut lines in the card!
Using a sentiment topper in the center of a square card this time, I have drawn shallow scalloped lines freehand in a radial pattern, with three different thicknesses. Again very simply, but I think enough interest there for the eye.
This time I have used LINE to draw a image. Using LINE very simply like this, gives the eye just enough to happily recognize the bicycle. Allowing the brain to fill-in extra detail. My mind instantly wants to drawn in the spokes and pedals! I’ve also added a hand drawn caption at the bottom in finer pen. The bike has been cut out as a topper and fixed down with candi fix just for extra interest.
Give thought to LINE in your card designs.
Don’t be afraid to hand draw lines. Practice creating lines in a note book, using different pens and brushes, different inks and paints. A frame or boarder looks terrific when drawn by hand, giving your cards that extra home made look!
Hope you have enjoyed this blog. Please join me again for the second blog in the series where we will focusing on SHAPE and FORM together. See you on the 20th February! xXx