Looking to improve my composition skills, February 2014 I purchased a book called “Finding Your Own Visual Language: A Practical Guide to Design and Composition” by Jane Dunnewold, Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan.
At random, I decided to try “Visual Exercise #13: Colour & Pattern Collage”.
-Stack a collection of the same size colored or painted papers on a cutting mat.
(I used 3 to 5 sheets sized 8 x 10″, 5 x 7″ and 4 x 6″);
-Paper clip the edges to hold in place (4 places).
-Cut a shape from all the layers using a craft knife, ending up with 3-5 pieces of paper with the same cut-out shape in the same place. Keep cutting, varying the cut-out shapes and the places they comes from.
-Separate the pieces, spreading them out as individual sheets.
-Begin exchanging cut-out shapes with each other; nothing should end up where it came from.
-Play with interchanging the cut-out pieces until you have a variety of compositions.
-Use Scotch Tape on the back to hold the pieces in place.
-Square up the four edges for better viewing.
This process was fun, and the results fascinating. I challenged my fiber group to try it and they enjoyed it, too.
I now have a new tool to add to my work, creating compositions in a variety new and interesting ways!