This month’s collage exercise was based on the first of the Design Principles – FOCAL POINT.
A focal point in an art piece can be created in a number of ways:
- By the use of a textural contrast to the rest of the surrounding elements
- By creating open space in the midst of clutter
- By inserting a realistic element in the middle of abstract objects
- By providing a vertical element amidst horizontal lines
- By placing a large element in the midst of several small elements
- By using colour to draw the eye, for example complimentary colours, an area of red with lots of surrounding green, will create a focal point
- By changing the style of pattern
It’s interesting to note that most fine art, collage or mixed media pieces have a focal point, but many traditional and modern style quilts do not. Quilts (unless art or landscape quilts, or patterns such as Medallion and Lone Star) are based on a repeat of same style blocks in regular settings.