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10 For 10 Design Challenge

teacher avatar Karen Burns, The Warped Spinster

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      10 Design Processes


    • 3.

      10 Prompts


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Join me for a challenge:  10 prompts to spur your design creativity. To help you get started I'll share 10 processes or actions I might apply when creating a design --or you can jump right to the prompts and get started. 

(And, no, I'm not really sure what the #10 prompt means, either--and I'm the one who thought it up!)

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Karen Burns

The Warped Spinster


Hello, and welcome!  I'm Karen, and I'm glad you're here.

I've been making quilts for nearly 50 years, and have been teaching quilting and designing quilts for several years.    In the past year I embarked on designing fabric--because what quilter doesn't love fabric?

I retired from the library world six years ago, and since then have spent more time teaching and designing, and pursuing other interests:  reading, researching history, spinning (fiber) and weaving (hence the Warped Spinster name), knitting, etc., etc.   Basically, I love fiber.

And chocolate. 

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1. Introduction: Hey, everyone, welcome. I'm Karen, a k a. The warped spinster, and I'm here to share with you a design challenge. Now I'm a quilter, but this challenge isn't just for quilters. It's for anyone who works with any kind of creative medium. Be a paint or stone or clay or paper or fiber. I've been quoting for about half a century and designing quotes for a dozen or so years. In that process, I've found that one of the most creative inspirations formation always say is a challenge. I seem to like toe work that way. It forces me to think beyond my usual and really start my creative cog wheels turning in my brain. I've been doing challenges for a while now, and sometimes I dream up the prompts for the challenges. And sometimes I've asked friends or my blog's readers to challenge me, and there have been some really interesting ones. Here are just a few quotes have done from challenges again, the quotes air, just in example, you could could choose to do anything. This 1st 1 is called between two rivers. I live in a state in the United States that is bounded by two rivers. It's our eastern and western boundaries. The rivers run north and south. So you know, if you happen to know Iowa, then turn your head and it will look right to you. Anyway, this was a prompt from a friend. And it represents rivers in the fields in the rich soil of Iowa and the plough lines, etcetera, etcetera. So that was the 1st 1 This next one is midnight Rain and it waas an idea from my sister, actually, and I had a lot of fun with this one. I'm not finished yet. I have done some quilting on the long arm machine, the big industrial sized machine. But I have some more hand work to do on it. This one was a challenge to use an architectural feature to design a quilt. And this is from Door Hinge at my hairdresser's shop. This one was a challenge from my brother to do a quilt with a fight Hman diagram as, um as the prompt. That one was interesting but fun, and I like the results of it. This one is this Final One here is based on the overhead light in my dentist's office. I was having a crown replaced. So I spent a lot of time looking at that light. And so this is a stylized version of them. So challenges are a way to, um, get me and hopefully you to design something a little out of the norm for us to stretch us a little bit. We will, of course, be looking at the 10 Prompts. But before we start that, I want to share with you some ways that I might use shape moving around, manipulated in order to get a pleasing design. So come join me and let's meet this challenge. 2. 10 Design Processes: Welcome back. I'm glad you decided to join me in this section. I'd like to talk with you about some of the elements or processes manipulations. I'm not quite sure what word to use work that I typically might do when I'm designing a modern quote when I've had a challenge thrown at me. If you are ready to go, want to dive right into the props? You could just skip this video and go on to the next one, which will give you the 10 new Prompts. But I wanted to give you the first Tatton, which are these elements and processes that I'm talking about. And let's start with the basic shape. I'm going to be doing something with the first prompt, which is on my desk, and I have taken that to mean office supplies in general, and I'm going to choose a stapler or actually a staple, which is a pretty basic shape. And I thought it might be the best thing to do something very simple just to show these processes so you can see my first shape here. The stable is as it comes out of the box going into the state blur pretty simple shape and then off to the right. I'm starting to draw a staple that has been used. That's in a piece of paper in a profile. So I'm just drawing the generals shape. I'm doing this and procreate, by the way, and then just duplicating that, flipping it and creating a symmetrical peace that way. So it's just a very basic shape. You may, depending on what you're doing, have something completely different. You may have something that has a lot more mass to it. It's just whatever you decide to choose. So those are the two shapes I would consider, and I'm actually going to go with simpler one, just the plain staple. So the first thing you can do, of course, is change the size. Very simple thing to do. I've just made this quite large, moved to one side how I'm flipping it around just to see where I might want to place it on the page or on the quilt. In my case, if you want to know more about what I'm doing here, thinking about the thirds when I wanted the top of the bottom where I want the weight to be , then you can check out my skill share class on designing a bold modern quilt, particularly the first class, which is about the basic design. So I'm just moving it around scene where I might like it to. I want to do it in the upper third, the bottom third. Which direction do I want it to go where I want the I to go. So just playing around with it. I could also change the shape again. Make it much wider. Now I'm going on to what I call stacking or putting things in a grid. I guess if you want to look at it that way, I'm just making copies of the Staples here. And then I'm going to start lining them up in a row, just stacking them up. And I'm conscious years I'm doing this, that if I were doing this in a quilt, these might be much thicker lines. But this will do just for checking out how I might want to lay the thing out General proportions. So I just keep stacking. And now I want another column. So I'm just going to copy that stack and move second column over. Go through some manipulations. Some food for all with the program, which I didn't think you needed to see. So I have created three identical stacks of it, and now I'm just moving them around again. The rule of three is one of those standards of design that you can hear more about. In my bold, modern quote class. I tend to like things not terribly symmetrical or not really lined up. So now I'm just shifting the center one down and then moving the far right one down just to see if I like it in that sort of diagonal approach. So once I've stacked it, of course, I could just move it around to my heart's content, and now I'm going on to color and I chose the red here. And it's a very simple thing to do, of course, and pretty natural for 1/4. We just like all kinds of fabrics. If you're a painter, might want to get out different paint colors to dio your particular piece, and I've decided that I don't want just read I was a little more movement or something going on there. So I've decided I'm going to paint one of the ends of the stables, a gold color. I realized later that I'm using the colors of my college almond, not almond butter. That was not my intention. Chest like reading gold together so I could do just that. One arm of the staple I could do, um, the other arm if I wanted to. But I kind of like things. Not even doubt. Not too symmetrical, but I'm thinking that gold and looks a little bit lonely. So I've decided to do a portion of that longer. Piece of the staple is Well, I didn't want to do it halfway, if you like symmetry, you may do, of course, anything you want, but I tend to like things to be just a little bit off center. So I've decided to do just that portion of it. I may end up. If I were going to continue this color design, I might end up doing just a little bit of the opposite short side of the staple. It's just hard to know what I would do, what I would do with color. I could do a whole rainbow of things. Lots of choices here for color. Next up is going to be embellishing, which will also be some color here. So embellishment is just any decorative elements that I might add on to it. I might do some stripes. Here now is a quilter. I might end up using striped fabric for this particular bar on the staple. If you're a painter or using some other medium, you might be drawing it or painting it separately. So I try out some diagonal stripes so that might have more movement than just straight lines. And if you've watched any of my design classes before, you'll know that I really like bars in circles. So I have to throw in some circles here, which I might or might not. Phil, I'm just kind of playing around with sizes and proportions and some other things that I might like to do on, uh, to do with color here or pattern. All right. Another option, of course, is to rotate. So here on my stack of three that I showed you earlier and going to rotate it and shift things around a little bit. I am not changing the size here, but I certainly could do that to make them all fit and their I've actually flips. Um, which, because this is symmetrical, is actually the Samos rotating it. I notice it's not quite plumb, is it? Interesting? Looks a little bit like the leaning tower there, which is all right for design purposes. And I can't really fit 1/4 1 up there, which is okay, I'm I'm actually okay with just having those three. Not sure it's a design I would end up doing as it is here. But rotating is another way to just kind of play around with various things. And I'm going to do some other rotations here with just single staples. Believe it or not, I edited out a lot of this moving around and procreate. So I'm just trying it in different arrangements. All rotated, moving around. See where I might want to put all of these different shapes. As you can see, it's all just kind of playtime, trying things out, seeing what I think looks good and naturally, things that I think look good. You may say now that's not for me. So it's a really good chance to play around with design and how you like things to be arranged, organized how your brain works. What you're I likes to see this one's OK, but it's pretty symmetrical for my brain. So I keep playing around with things here and trying it with the longer bars toward the center, which is still going to be symmetrical. So why I think I might like that better is beyond me. But who knows? So I try it, and actually it's not too bad. It has some interesting possibilities. So I'm off to explore those moving things a little closer so it looks more cohesive and it's still going to be symmetrical. But the end result may not be out symmetrical or a baby. I don't hate symmetry. You'll notice it's over on the the left third kind of centered on the left third line, which is the rule of thirds, which you could find out in my dis, um, design a bold, modern quote class. So now I'm starting to put the pieces together, which that's what Coulter's do. So you could expect that for me. If you're using some other medium or some other material, you may not choose to do it, but I'm just moving things around to see what I think, what the's closer together. Do I want them further apart. I want to combine them so that they make a different shape. My O C d won't let me not lying those up better. Kind of looks like some film. Mr doesn't like one frame of a filmstrip. So I kind of like that. I can see some possibilities with colors there and just keep repeating that pattern. That could be kind of fun. Always fun to play with color. Now, honestly, as I'm looking at this, I don't know what I have in mind. Next. I did a lot of editing. I did a lot of pondering while I was filming this and procreate. So I'm going back to the basics. And your guess is as good as mine as to what I'm doing. Necklace. All right, I'm I'm going for Oh, I'm changing sizes here. All right, so of course that's the thing. You you don't use just one of these processes or manipulations of the shape. You can use all kinds of them, so I'm changing the size. I'm stacking them here. See how I might feel about that and the nature of procreate because it's ah pixel based program. Raster based then as I increased the size of something. The with the stroke is also going to be increased. So that may or may not be something that I would want in my final design. But it's all right here for looking at proportions and arrangement. In much of my designing, I end up. If I'm doing just one say stack of something, I'll have it on the the left third because I like that offset. Look, And having said that, I move it to the center. Of course, moved it back. Yea, all right now I'm going to try rotating it, duplicate that whole section rotated, see how it looks. If I move it in, that's actually kind of interesting. I would want all of the lines to be bolder If you were a quilted. In all cases here, I would make them more bold if you'll see later on. What I end up with is a final design coming out of this whole Siri's off Playtime's all right, so I'm going to start to nest. Hm, which I haven't named is a process, but it certainly is a possibility. When you change the size, then you have the ability to nest things. And now I've duplicated that set of three and I'll stack it again. Looking better, try rotating it. Maybe looking really symmetrical again, isn't it? And now I can take those and it's sort of like a slice, which we'll get to in a minute. You see, I like toe offset things I don't necessarily like them lined up all the time, Kind of like that. So look, that is good for my eye. You may I hate it so you will design something that you love to look at. All right, so now we go to when I call split and shift. So I'm going to split my sense simple shape. This staple is going to split it roughly in half unnecessarily, exactly so going to split it and part in the process while I split it in procreate, and now I would have shifted. So now I have two pieces and I'm going to shift him around, move them around each other, see if I confined configurations or combinations that I like just plain playing, playing, always playing, because if it's not fun, what's the point? Duplicating things and moving them around, changing my mind and I'm wanting a little more cohesive Look to it, so I'm moving them closer together. And here, though, I'm going to start doing what I call additives or just adding in other shapes. Here we go with circles again for me. But I had solid circles. There's sort of, um, I decided to do these. It's like the the holes the staple would punch into the paper when it's stapled. And if you have one, two is better. And actually, three would be good, too, because again the rule of thirds, typically the human eye or the brain or whatever it actually is, um, prefers things in odd numbers, so three and five especially, are pleasing. So I got three basic shapes, their, I guess, a staple. And then the two sets of two dots or holes actually kind of like that. A lot. One of my other favorite things to do is what I call Rogue, where you change. You have, say, a grid of or pattern of things, and you change one of them and just to make it a little different, something toe add interest to the eye. And there's that crooked, non plum shape again and I tried turning it, and I wasn't sure I like that. So I'm going to apparently change the color here. And I started out with Red, and I decided that I didn't really think there was enough contrast with the black to create the effect that I wanted. So I went back to my gold again, and that was better. And this is still pretty symmetrical. So I might have made that gold a different staple. And then I just set one sort of wonky, had a tough day. And now let's look at shadow. So I've got my staple shape and gold, and I've, um, got another copy in black, which is going to be the shadow. So it's just like a drop shadow and just want to decide how far I wanted it to drop. And now I'm going to duplicate That said, and I shifted it down, mostly to get rid of the whatever extra mark was in that selection. Okay, so I could line them up, and I've duplicated again, and now that's okay. It's actually the top third, so that would be okay, but I've rotated it now, and I'm going to shifted over kind of like a G at this point and my shadows a little funny here. If it were a true shadow kind of thing, it would actually be on the other side of that once I flipped it. But I'm not too worried about that. And now the three of them together three is pleasing to my eye, and I really like that. So the final one is what I call Stretch, which is just to take one part of your shape, your element, and make it longer. Or maybe you might stretch the width of it. So this particular line, I'm going to make wider. So now I've stretched the length of one and the width of another line, and I'm just going to duplicate it and stack it and see how I feel about that. And it's OK. Not my favorite. I could do some rotating and flipping and whatnot. I wanted to share with you some of the processes or manipulations that I did on the other staple shape. So I did some stacking. I split and shifted its, um, flipping and rotating. And you can see, of course, that I added in that my ever favorite circle it started to look like noses to me. So I tried some things here that would maybe mask that a little bit for me. Happy to share that with you. So now you see noses and I added in circles and wanted to add a little Cem pop of color to it. So I added those circles in. Frankly, I tried adding in some other circles, and it just it looked too much. So that's this is the design that it would probably do. If I were doing to going to do a quilt with this particular set of shapes again, I would would make the lines whiter, thicker and thesis Cols might be a little larger. I'd have to see how that would work out in proportion with the thicker lines. So it's kind of a fun design. I like it. I'm not sure it's a really quilted kind of design, but I just like it is a just design in general. I like the design that I did with the Shadow, and I decided that I would see what I could do with the quote design. So first thing I did was to think in those strokes on the staples. And then I chose to do just two instead of three, which is unusual. But it looked better to me that way and size wise, proportional on the quilt sort of shake that I would use. I wanted Teoh fit that in better, and that seemed to work. I also added some circles in just a za kind of balance and a contrast to those straight lines. I wanted some circles because I always want circles. And so I did two of them in black and one of them and gold again. You know, it's the rule of three, and I wanted things not exactly lined up, So the bottom one has dropped a little further down, and I chose to do different color with it. However, it was a little too symmetrical for me still with those two sets of dots. So instead I eliminated the left hand set of dots and what would just one and unlike that much better, looking at the background, things were again to symmetrical for me. It's very centered there, and I wanted to add in some more contrast to the linear nature of the staples. So I added in a circle that is offset. It's not completely on the surface of the quilt and decided to make that a light gray color just to have a little bit of soothing kind of color soothing for the I in the background. So that is actually my final quote design using this staple, and I like it a lot. I probably will make it. So stay tuned to see that Thanks for joining me for this playground time as we explored possibilities for manipulating shapes. Next up, those 10 prompts for the challenge. 3. 10 Prompts: and now we come to the 10 Prompts. Before you see these, I want to comment that I purposely made thes quite broad and or ambiguous to allow you more room for your own interpretation, your own inspiration. Thes air. Just a starting point. You may end up with a design that looks nothing like any sort of interpretation of the prompt, and that's great. This is just a way to spark your creativity and get you going. And here are the 10 ready for you to interpret and play with. However, you would like the 1st 1 justice an example on my desk. I interpreted to mean office supplies, so I did the staples. But you might have a photograph on your desk or a plant or a computer or writing implements , and you could choose one of those as your starting point for the 1st 1 There are 10 here. I purposely did not call this 10 week challenge because you might want to do it in 10 days or 10 weeks or 10 months or 10 minutes. However you want to use thes, they're here just for you to have a starting point to spark your imagination. I created thes 10 prompts some time ago for myself because, as I said at the beginning, I really enjoy a challenge and seemed to work best under that sort of situation. The only one that I have done, though, before the Staples one is number five for breakfast. And I had a lot of fun with that. I hope that you do to with that one and the others as well. Number 10. I have to tell you that I don't remember exactly what prompted me to do Picasso sandwich. So that one, you know, I kind of have something in my mind what it might be. But it will no doubt be quite different from what you choose. I've provided a pdf of the 10 prompts in the resource of section of the classes Web page. Have fun with ease. I hope you will post your projects. The results of your designs on the project page really look forward to seeing how you have interpreted thes and what you do in your particular medium. If you would like to be notified when I have new design classes or new quote classes, be sure to follow me. I do have a couple of design classes in the works in my mind, which will be general design, not specifically for Quilter's. But I also have a couple in mind for quilters. So I hope you'll follow me and join me for those classes. Thanks so much for being here with me for this class. I hope to see you in future ones. Peace out.