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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Langenfeld from Landscapes in Fabric

The Power of 3

I've been having fun creating my realistic landscape online classes (still in progress) and have noticed the number 3 coming up again and again as I define the lessons. There are a lot of good reasons to use 3s in your work. Here's what I mean:

It takes 3 layers to make a quilt.

In landscapes we build 3 sections: background, midground and foreground.

Dividing the image into 3 sections both vertically and horizontally gives four intersections. Choose one of these spots to find a great place for the image focal point.

There are 3 primary colors from which all other colors are made (red, blue, yellow).

To make a focal point stand out, use a color value that is at least 3 values different from its neighboring colors.

3 colors of thread stitched over or/around each other, always show more depth than just one or two.

When learning to do something new, practice it at least 3 times to make it stick in your mind.

The story about a tourist in New York City comes to mind. She stopped a stranger on the street to ask, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" She had no way of knowing the stranger was a famous violinist, who replied, "Practice, practice, practice."

Have a good week, and please let me know if you have requests for what you'd like me to include in my classes. No release date yet.........

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