This contest will have eight winning collages each of which will be featured on the front page for a month. So I'm eager to get other people involved, I propose that we submit up to three collages each.
I am a self-taught artist. So the following design principles were not explained to me until last night (by my daughter, no less).
You may enter them into whichever of the folders in which they excel based on the following 7 design principles plus a folder for "Best Concept."
The entries must be works that you will make from today on. (No previously made collages will be accepted). Choose which folder to submit to based on the characteristic which your collage is an excellent example. DIgital and traditional works are both accepted of course.
Let us allow ourselves the leisure of 2 months. We can set the deadline as the Autumn Solstice, 23 September 2015. (Also called the autumn equinox.)
THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
The elements and principles of design are the building blocks used to create a work of art. They can be thought of as the things that make up a collage, painting, drawing, design etc. Good or bad - all art will contain most of if not all, the seven elements of design.
The Principles of design can be thought of as what we do to the elements of design. How we apply the Principles of design determines how "successful" we are in creating a work of art.
Line can be considered in two ways. The linear marks made with a pen or brush or the edge created when two shapes meet.
A shape is a self contained defined area of geometric or organic form. A positive shape in a painting automatically creates a negative shape.
All lines have direction - Horizontal, Vertical or Oblique. Horizontal suggests calmness, stability and tranquillity. Vertical gives a feeling of balance, formality and alertness. Oblique suggests movement and action.
Size is simply the relationship of the area occupied by one shape to that of another.
Texture is the surface quality of a shape - rough, smooth, soft hard glossy etc. Texture can be physical (tactile) or visual.
The use of color. Also called hue.
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. Value is also called Tone.
Is self explanatory.
I hope this inspires you to think about your art and make self-assessments of your collages regarding why they are so awesome!
Just submit all your contenders to the folder contest and we'll decide which ones show the best line/color/value etc.