Rule of Thirds

Instead of an art journal page today I thought I’d explore art journal page layouts with the Rule of Thirds.


If you’re not familiar with the rule of thirds, it’s a visual arts guideline used to help artists and photographers in the composition of their projects or images. If you’ve ever wondered why there is a grid on your camera screen when you’re taking a photo…you now know why it’s there!


In short using the grid as a basis to compose your pages or images helps you create an more aesthetically pleasing composition. Positioning horizons, people or objects along the gridlines makes for a more satisfactory image. In the picture above of my garden I have placed the ivy obelisk along the first left vertical line and aligned the base of the obelisk with the bottom horizontal line. This (supposedly) makes for a more pleasing composition than if I’d just centered the obelisk in the middle of the shot.

Although called a rule it is just a guideline and you can ignore it completely if you wish, no one is going to send the art police out if you don’t use it!

I don’t stick to it every time I create an art journal page or mixed media canvas, but it is always in the back of my mind whether I acknowledge it or not and it does help if you are aware of it.

I’m not going to go into too much depth about the Rule of Thirds because there are much more knowledgeable people out there that have provided much cleverer explanations than I ever could.

Even if you don’t want to read anything about it, just do an image search for Rule of Thirds on Google and you’ll be presented with a host of photographs that will all be pretty self explanatory I’m sure you’ll get it!


But, if after reading this post you delve into the inter webs and look for more examples and a better explanation than I could ever provide, then I’ve achieved my goal for today!



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