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Compositional Layouts

Compositional layouts are the standard ways in which elements are organized in a design. They help bring a sense of purpose and organization to a piece. Thank goodness for collage! The basic nature of the method is for it to be ad hoc and you don’t necessarily need to use any of these plans. On the other hand, if you are trying to send a message or convey a specific feeling, experimenting with and learning about composition will be a beneficial part of your art trek.

The following is a list of twelve layouts and their representations:

Horizontal – calm

Vertical – growth

Diagonal – dynamic

Radiating – explosive

Circular – eternal

Triangular – uplifting

Framed – contained

Vanishing – depth

Grid – architectural

Overall – chaotic

Asymmetrical – off balance

Symmetrical – balanced

I used wallpaper scraps and cardstock to make some examples: