Part 1: Direction

In my new book, Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide, I mention the importance of using Elements & Principles of Design to create more compelling Dreamscapes .

Here, I want to go into more detail by posting a series on using the

Elements & Principles of Design

Part 1: Direction

Direction is the course a line/shape follows.

Dreamscapes 495 and 496 were created with the same ink colors on a vertical format, but have a totally different feel due to DIRECTION.

Dreamscape No. 495, 3x5 Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 495, 3×5, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 495 has a dominance of a horizontal/diagonal direction in lines and shapes.

Dreamscape No. 496, 3x5, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 496, 3×5, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 496 has a dominance of a vertical direction in lines and shapes.

Tip: Experiment using a vertical format as shown above. Aim for a dominance of either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. Equal amounts of the varying directions in one painting can cause a disjointed feeling of chaos or unrest. This can make the viewer feel uncomfortable. By having a dominance of one of the directions, you’ve created the foundation for a stronger, more compelling composition and design. It’s that simple.

All are encouraged to post your alcohol ink paintings from this exercise in Alcohol Ink Art. Now, 1,295 members!

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