Friday, 15 November 2013

Fog Tuesday

Design Element – Line
Warm Up Collages - Design Element LINE

“ A mark, long in its proportion to its breadth, made on a surface with a pen, pencil, tool, etc.”
  •  Lines can be thick or thin, open or closed, curved, angular, broken or solid.
  • Lines can be parallel, directional, frenetic, controlled or textural.
  • Line is most often used to define shape in a two dimensional artwork.
  • Line is often referred to as “the most basic element of design” yet this simple element functions in complex ways. Used effectively, line expresses a variety of verbal and visual concepts. Line works either by itself or in conjunction with other lines to communicate messages and impact audience.
  • Direction 
  • Vertical lines suggest strength and power. An example on line direction is this grouping of tall buildings, or a single tall building - lines going upwards, visually pulling your eye up. Line can be used to suggest the path your eye should follow and where it should rest.
  • Horizontal lines symbolize tranquility and rest. This state reflects objects parallel to the earth that are “at rest in relation to gravity." Examples of horizontal lines are those in ocean waves and horizons.
  • Diagonal lines convey a feeling of action or direction: (Lightning)
  • Weight The weight of a line conveys meaning as well. Thinner lines suggest weakness, while thicker lines convey power.
  • Emotion Lines can imply emotion such as fatigue, contentment, relaxation, or frustration.  Long curvy lines suggest looseness.
  • Focus A line draws the audience's attention to a specific object. An example is an arrow pointing to one man in a crowd. A more subtle example is a path leading to an abandoned house.
  • Texture Finally, many lines work together to form texture, providing images with more depth. 


  1. I luv the whole concept of layers and I'd studied line but I see that there is so much more to it. More layers. Grids! The Golden Grid and then what happens inside the grid. And of course, line expands into direction. Great examples shown here.

  2. When FOG first started in 2010 we studied the Elements and Principles of Design throughout the year in a variety of ways. It's nice to get back to the basics and our new 30 minute warm up collage is a great way to do it.

  3. I am visiting from elle in da coop and now I am following. Creative Bliss...

  4. Welcome and thanks for joining us! Elle has been a friend for nearly 10 years now and a very creative soul - we're both quilters by our backgrounds and have now entered this crazy world of Fibre Arts and Mixed Media. If you haven't met Elle, visit her site at