Elements of Design

In elements of design space is the area between and around objects. Increasing or decreasing the amount of space around an object or within a design affects the way we view that object or the whole composition.

Positive space refers to the shape of an object or the area that is being utilized by beads and components. Negative space is the area surrounding the positive shape; it is the empty space. Positive and negative space unite to form a cohesive design. What "is not there" can be as interesting as what "is there".

Leaving space between or around elements can help give the eyes a rest while scanning the entire composition. You can soften a design or make it less busy by creating space around or between beads and components. Space can help give your designs a more airy look.

For a closer view of any of the following designs just click on the designer's name and you will be taken to their site where you can also check out some of their other creative designs for inspiration.

C.R. Radding demonstrates in these distinctive neck pieces how leaving no negative space in a design can be just as interesting and effective as leaving negative (or open) space.

This sculptural necklace
by Shelly Bond utilizes negative space to create more interest in the focal piece.

Jo from gemheaven has created negative space between her lampwork bead segments by linking them with hammered silver diamond shaped rings.

By using a sculptural wire bail, Kathi Turnerr has created negative space around her lampwork heart. This space helps to draw attention to the focal piece.

Monica Sargeant added interest, texture and space between the group of turquoise beads by decoratively using silver wire.

Holly Thompson has done a wonderful job of creating negative space by drooping strands of beads give the effect of moss vines hanging from the trees in a jungle. This composition is asymmetrical with lots of texture.

This pendant designed by eminjewelry has an embellished wire tear drop loop giving this piece texture and added interest while framing the blue crystal focal bead.

This wire art and beaded necklace by sirjenrg shows how creative space can add interest and intrigue to a design. Light and lacy.

In this contemporary necklace, titled "Mediterranea" by jewelry designer
Cynthia Sheridan has used negative space as her focal feature by incorporating two large gold hammered rings near the center of her design.

An easy way to add space and give your design a more airy feel by using crimps or knots to space the beads apart as in this illusion necklace.

For more Elements of Design see: Line, Shape, Texture, Color.

For more Principles of Design see: Balance, Emphasis, Rhythm, Movement, Contrast, Harmony, Variety.

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