**Here are some guidelines:**

**(1) The sketch is small-postcard size.**

**(2) Sketch does not extend into any of the corners.**

**(3) The design should touch the sides at least once but need not touch all 4 sides.**

**(4) The composition is the cruciform.**

__What is a____Cruciform?__A cruciform is created when dominate vertical and horizontal shapes intersect. Where these shapes converge it is an ideal place for establishing your center of interest. The intersection is off center both vertically and horizontally. Care should be taken not to have the intersection in the dead center of the paper. The corners are simplified creating negative space.**A few quick sketches to show vertical and horizontal bands of a design using the cruciform.**

**Next time you sketch trying using the idea of a "vignette" to simplify.**

**Brenda**

Beautiful transparent watercolor, and a good review of how to make it work. Thanks.

ReplyDeleteGlad you enjoyed it!

DeleteA beautiful small lesson, Brenda. I will remember it.

ReplyDeleteThanks, Lee!

DeleteShort, sweet and informative! Thank you.

ReplyDeleteLess is more!

DeleteThank you Brenda!

ReplyDeletevery helpful! thanks for sharing! love your work!

ReplyDeleteVery nice...l

ReplyDeleteCan you use any subject for Vignette?

Thanks,

Lois

Lois, You can use any subject. A small colorful unfinished watercolor simply defined.

Delete(1) The sketch is small-postcard size.

(2) Sketch does not extend into any of the corners.

(3) The design should touch the sides at least once but need not touch all 4 sides.

(4) The composition is the cruciform.