Whew! We made it through all the Elements of Art, but we're not done yet! It's time for the Principles or Art. The Principles of Art take all of the Elements are arrange them into compositions. Today, it's all about Balance (isn't it always?)
Balance is achieved based on the way the Elements of Art are arranged. By making intentional placement decisions, we can create depth, lightness, weight. This is what we tinker with when we want to create symmetry and asymmetry.
If something in your quilt is not looking quite right, even if your colors are just right and you have a good range of value, it's often something to do with Balance or the lack thereof. Try rearranging your color placement - maybe there's too many of one color on one half of the quilt, or too much dark or light, or a large section is too strong. If you're using a bright pop of color, make sure it's spread around enough so the eye moves around the quilt. A design wall is an awesome tool so you can step back to see your quilt as a whole.
Here's some examples of well balanced quilts and images - note that the sizes and shapes don't have to be the same to great a good sense of Balance!
Different ways to balance a quilt appeal to different eyes. Sometimes it's about use of pattern, space, color, proportion (we'll get to that one!). How do you balance out your designs when you notice Balance is off in a way you don't love? Talk us through it in the comments below!