I am going to start a little series on both my blog and youtube account that will include a peek into practising mixed media. In some sense, every practice is a work of art, but on the other hand, it is important to look at principles and maximise them to your creative advantage.
I'm using the background paper Colorful Life from DCWV (Donna Estrabrooks) as the base for my tags so that the focus on the first study is really just on balance and layout. The color theme is also kept relatively simple as burgundy, browns and some yellows (close to a amber color).
First tag: one-third rule focusing on bottom one third
a) Creation of distinct one third demarcation with mediums and used that as a starting point for a grounded clustering
b) Red has the largest visual weight and naturally draws eye as focus
Second Tag: one third rule focusing on top one third
a) Creation of faux layered upper right hand corner creating illusion of a top one third
b) Balancing our red heart which had a large visual weight with a red gear stamped on bottom left.
Third Tag: Centralised focal point
a) White against an almost all dark and busy cool dark coloured background draws attention towards it
b) embellish around it
c) grounding with the corner piece bottom left
d) triangulation towards focal points by three similar butterflies
e) framing to highlight centre
Fourth tag: Rule of thirds in both direction creates 4 points where the lines crosses, using one of the points as location of focal points and clusters.
a) Red gives most visual weight and is main focus of cluster
b) using embellishments like twine and pattern paper's design to 'create' intersection point
c) using leafs to break rectangular shape for more organic look and contrast
1) background was somewhat noisy and tough to work with so perhaps giving a white wash could have improved the process
2) markers are total cheat codes. Black and white markers pick creates contrast
Enjoy the video below for more details. Don't hesitate to drop questions in the comments. Thanks!