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Choose several solid fabrics and create an abstract composition based on your tracings. 8. Keep in mind the shape of the background and how your eye moves within the frame. 9. Use pins, a glue stick, or fusible web to keep the pieces in place. 10. Use hand or machine stitches to quilt and/or embroider the piece, emphasizing shape. 11. Feel free to add any embellishments as long as they continue the study of shape. A pointed oval becomes a leaf with a few modifications. 32 ART + QU I LT E X ERCISE Shape: Active vs Stationary 1.
Observe the intentional use of negative space and that it isn’t necessary to fill every bit of your background with images. In your sketchbook, roughly draw the main elements in your favorite pieces and note how the elements are balanced. As you look at other works of art, ask yourself the following questions: Where is the visual weight of the artwork? Is the artwork balanced symmetrically or asymmetrically? What other elements of art (color, value, texture, shape, line, focal point, scale, unity) are used to create a balanced composition?
Want a subtler effect? Try an analogous scheme of greens blending into blues with a hint of purple. The relationship the colors have to each other is often more important than the colors themselves. Our emotional relationships with color can be as individual as our personal list of favorite actors. Colors act on our emotions like players on the stage. Take a good look at your fabric stash and you’ll probably find a definite lack of your least favorite color. Do you dislike a certain color? Does it remind you of an unpleasant person, event, or place?