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I finished my first ever ATC in time to submit it to the Scrap Girls Challenge which I told you about last week.
So I guess all I needed was a deadline to finally sit down and create an artist trading card. Oh, that plus all the beautiful Scrap Girls products which I layered to create this card design.
It felt odd for me to work in this small rectangular format (2.5 x 3.5 in.) and I wondered if I'd violated any design principles.
Do the same rules apply regardless of size or shape? I suppose they do.
• Rule of Thirds [1+1+1] creates a grid of nine equal squares for positioning elements.
• Rule of Odds says that an odd number of elements (photos, embellishments, etc.) is more visually interesting.
• White Space Rule says that a subject or focal point needs clutter-free space to help establish context.
• Fibonacci Ratio, a.k.a. the Divine Proportion [1 + 0.618 + 1], creates a grid of nine unequal rectangles often visualized as the cross section of a nautilus shell.
Looking at my composition in light of the rules, I see somewhat of a Fibonacci spiral; but I bet the layout would be improved by minimizing the bottom group and tilting it to fit the spiral.
I did follow the Rule of Odds with three elements in the top group (journal paper cluster, paint splotch, and text) and in the bottom group (text, tag, and word art). Yes!
Finally, I did leave significant "White" Space; but making the first adjustment (to the spiral) would create even more and would add emphasis to the main focal point, "Art is art".
I wish I would have thought to do such a review BEFORE uploading my image to the challenge gallery.
Maybe I'll do a makeover after the contest ends to test my conclusions. In the end, it's really what pleases the eye that makes something art, right?